Although the national team has been in existence since 1930, neither FIFA nor the Faroese FA considers matches before 1988 as official. Faroe Islands pulled one of the biggest upsets in footballing history when they beat Austria 1-0 in their first ever competitive international on 12 September, 1990. The game, a Euro 92 qualifier, was played in Landskrona, Sweden because there were no grass fields on the Islands. (Their only other point of the campaign was from a draw against Northern Ireland.) During both the Euro 2000 qualifiers and Euro 2004 qualifiers, they also held Scotland to a draw at home (they also drew with Lithuania and Bosnia in 2000, while the draw against the Scots was their only point of the 2004 campaign). The nation's only other wins in European Championship qualifying are in the 1996 tournament, against fellow minnows San Marino.
The team has participated in FIFA World Cup qualifying since 1992. They finished the qualification rounds for the 1994 finals without scoring any points and having 1-38 goal difference from 10 matches. In qualification for the 1998 finals, they improved their record with two victories against Malta, beating them 2-1 in both matches. Their most successful World Cup qualifying so far was the 2002 finals, where they held Slovenia to a 2-2 draw at home and beat Luxembourg twice, 2-0 on road and 1-0 at home. The 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying was, however, not a success for the team and they only earned a single point from a 2-2 away draw against Cyprus.
On June 2, 2007, in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Italy, the Faroes surprisingly took the sluggish world champions to the limit after netting a 77th-minute goal in a 2-1 loss. Overall, their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign was disastrous, as they conceded 43 goals and scored only four (all of which were scored by the same player, Rógvi Jacobsen, and half of which were against Italy) en route to losing all twelve matches.
During the summer the Faroese side played two friendlies. First they lost 4-3 to Estonia on June 1st 2008, and this match has been credited at the only match, in which the Faroese side scored 3 goals, that they were disappointed about. Later they lost 5-0 to Portugal.
The Faroe Islands began the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying round with a 2-0 defeat to Serbia. However, the match again Romania a few days later, almost gave the Faroes the first points in 4 years, since a surprise draw was in sight. However the match ended with a 1-0 defeat.
Players in bold started against Portugal on August 20, 2008