As in neighbouring Senegal, the national and most popular sport in Gambia is wrestling. Association football and basketball are also popular. Football in the Gambia is administered by the Gambia Football Association who is affiliated to both FIFA and CAF.
The GFA runs league football in the Gambia, including top division GFA League First Division, as well as the Gambia national football team. Nicknamed “The Scorpions”, the national side have never qualified for either the FIFA World Cup or the Africa Cup of Nations finals at senior levels.
They play at Independence Stadium. The Gambia won two CAF U-17 championships one in 2005 when the country hosted, and 2009 in Algeria automatically qualifying for FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru (2005) and Nigeria (2009) respectively.
The U-20 also qualified for FIFA U-20 2007 in Canada. The female U-17 also competed in FIFA U-17 World Cup 2012 in Azerbaijan.