With 20,000 players (men and women) registered at clubs, football is easily the most popular sport in Iceland
. However, the national team has never qualified for the final competition of a major tournament, although Iceland
did host the U-18 European Championship in 1997. In the draw for EURO 2004, Iceland
, a country with sparse population numbers (just 290,000 people live in a country measuring 104,000 km2were placed among the third level of seeds, a reflection of the quality of Icelandic football within Europe.