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Sports in Polar Svalbard [WIP]

Sports in Polar Svalbard are an important part of the country's culture. Polar Svalbard has risen to prominence in a number of sporting areas in recent decades. Association Football and Ice Hockey are the two most popular sports in the nation. These are headed by the Svalbardian Football Assocation (SFA) and the Svalbardian Ice Hockey League (SIHL) respectively. Other popular sports include Volleyball, basketball, tennis, golf and gymnastics. Furthermore sports such as wrestling, sailing, field hockey, shooting, fencing, swimming, track, skiing and martial arts all have traction. Along with these sports motorsports have a large following in Polar Svalbard.

Team Sports


Football
Main Article: Football in Polar Svalbard

Football is by far the most popular sport in the country. The most internationally known Svalbardian player would be Andrew Tolskev who played for FC Alta, Frexnakia United, and a multitude of other teams internationally. Other famous Svalbardian players include [Insert list of Svalbardian names].

Polar Svalbard did not compete in the IFAF 2017 Cup, although it entered into the IFAF 2018 Cup and qualified after a string of mishaps, injuries and crazy events that led the team from almost missing to qualifying. In between qualifiers and group play Polar Svalbard played in the Mesder Solidarity Cup and placed Second, losing to San Montagna in a heated game. In Group Play the team was knocked out in tiebreaker to Malagwi and Ainslie.
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Professional league football began in Polar Svalbard in 1915. Eliteserien is the highest League level in Polar Svalbard followed by Ligaen II and Ligaen III with lower levels below that.

Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey is the second most popular sport in Polar Svalbard following football. Every major city has a hockey team that plays in the Svalbardian Ice Hockey League. The largest indoor stadium in the country is a Hockey Stadium (Alta Hockey Center).

The SIHL incorporates 12 teams, divided into 2 conferences. The League's season lasts from October until April, culminating in the Champion's Cup. Currently the two most prominent teams are the Alta Vultures and the Egersund Grey Bears, although the two with the largest following would be the Alta Vultures and the Frexnakia Firehawks. The winner of the 2017-2018 Cup was the Remjakkin Rhinos who took the cup in a sweep over the Alta Vultures.

Furthermore there is the Svalbardian Women's Hockey League which has 6 teams and also draws in sizable crowds. The SWHL season lasts from August to December culminating in the Championship games where the Olterry Trophy. The last team to win that was the Alta Highrisers who won over the Larvik Silver Knights in a 3 to 2 game victory.

Polar Svalbard has done quite well internationally and is a prominent team in International events both in the Men's and Women's areas.

Volleyball

Volleyball is one of the more popular sports for recreation in Polar Svalbard, with many people going to Volleyball clubs or tournaments during the workweek. At the national level there is the National Volleyball League which has teams from major cities. In the intermediary levels Volleyball is a popular sport in both High School and Collegiate levels.

The Svalbardian Men's National Volleyball Team is the national team of Polar Svalbard. Both the Men's and Women's teams play at a high International Level.

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