Even small fees can make a huge difference for the small and most often economically vulnerable Faroese clubs.
Two good examples of very talented players "lost" abroad for nothing in the early 90’s are the Faroese national star player Todi Jónsson, and national goalkeeper Jákup Mikkelsen. They were both originally from KÍ Klaksvík – Faroese double winners 1999 – but the club never received a single penny for these two talented players.
As follows: All Players 8,094, Registered players 5,694, Unregistered Players 2,400 and Officials 1,050. A ten-team Faroe Islands first division, the Vodafonedeildin, flourishes despite a total population of just 46,000.
In the first ever competitive match, the Faroe Islands recorded a 1-0 victory over Austria in a Euro 92 qualifying match, on 12 September 1990.
Though in recent years compensation and reimbursement of expenses has increased.
It is also becoming more commonplace for players to transfer between clubs.
It took 50 years for a national championship to be officially launched in 1942, three years after the formation of the Faroe Islands Sports Association (ISF). The ISF's duties were taken over by the newly formed Faroe Islands Football Association (FSF – Fótbóltssamband Føroya) on 13 January 1979.
The FSF's remit has included planning and organising national tournaments, as well as ensuring improved training conditions for coaches, officials and referees.
In recent years, it has also become more common for talented Faroese players leave for bigger clubs abroad.