Football remains the most popular sport in the Faroe Islands by a distance. Followed by handball, volleyball and rowing (the national sport). Sporting facilities are dotted around the islands. According to FIFA there are well over 5000 registered football players in the Faroe Islands. As follows: All Players 8,094, Registered players 5,694, Unregistered Players 2,400 and Officials 1,050.
The media's coverage of football is also intense. A ten-team Faroe Islands first division, the Vodafonedeildin, flourishes despite a total population of just 46,000.
The record attendance for a football match in the Faroe Islands is 6,642. It was set in 1998 when the Faroe Islands won 2-1 against Malta, at the Svangaskarðy.
Royn Hvalba or Bóltfelagið Royn or just Royn is a Faroese football and sports association from Hvalba in Suðuroy, founded 23 October 1923. Chairman for Royn Hvalba is Ingibjørg Vestergaard. Manager is Ingi Mortensen. Royn had a team in the Faroese second division (2. deild) in 2011 and 2012, but they got relegated and will play in 3. deild in 2013. Royn also has teams for girls and boys, in 2012 they had a team for girls under 12, a team for boys U8 and one for boys U10. Royn and TB Tvøroyri now have a new manager for all the youth teams of the two clubs. Men over 35 have their own team. The women had their own team earlier. Royn is one of three football associations in the island Suðuroy. The other two football clubs are FC Suðuroy with base in Vágur and TB Tvøroyri from Tvøroyri. Royn Hvalba plays its home matches on the football field in Hvalba, which is a grass field (natural grass).
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