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Football is currently a sport that debuted in the first British Empire Games and will be held at the next British Empire Games in London in four years time.

History

When the FIFA World Rankings was introduced in 1928, the British teams withdrew from competing in the 1930 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and wanted to put football in the British Empire Games. Without competition all four of the British teams entered the first competition with Australia and host nation Canada joining the competition to make it a six team competition. The British teams dominated with the medals being taken by all of them bar Wales who finished in forth place.

The 1934 and 1938 was the same with Scotland finishing on top of the table with the other two medals going to Wales and England with the Irish Free State/Northern Ireland finishing in fourth place. When 1938 came round, New Zealand and Australia joined but was over-run to finish in fifth and sixth.

After skipping the 1950 edition in Auckland, the next edition was in 1954 with Vancouver hosting the football tournament. With the tournament expanded to an eight-team competition with Canada replacing New Zealand while Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago joining. Not that it mattered with Scotland once again taking the title after they defeated England by a single goal.

Champions

Year Host Final Third Place
Gold Medal Score Silver Medal Bronze Medal Score Fourth Place
1930 Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957
Hamilton, Canada
Flag of Scotland
Scotland
2–1 Flag of Ireland
Irish Free State
Flag of England
England
2–0 Flag of Wales
Wales
1934 Flag of England
London, England
Flag of Scotland
Scotland
Round Robin Flag of Wales
Wales
Flag of England
England
Round Robin Flag of Ireland
Irish Free State
1938 Flag of Australia
Sydney, Australia
Flag of Scotland
Scotland
3–2 Flag of England
England
Flag of Wales
Wales
2–1 Ulster banner
Northern Ireland
1954 Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957
Vancouver, Canada
Flag of Scotland
Scotland
1–0 Flag of England
England
Ulster banner
Northern Ireland
2–0 Flag of Wales
Wales

All-time medal table

Medals table for football at the British Empire Games

Updated after the 1954 British Empire Games

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Flag of Scotland Scotland 4 0 0 4
2 Flag of England England 0 2 2 4
3 Flag of Wales Wales 0 1 1 2
4 Flag of Ireland Irish Free State 0 1 0 1
Ulster banner Northern Ireland 0 1 0 1
Total 4 4 4 12

Note: Irish Free State is not in the Empire

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