Founded in 1902, the Norwegian football association can look back on an impressive, although unspectacular, history. It celebrated a string of successes in the Olympic Football Tournaments that culminated in winning the bronze medal in 1936. But other football chapters have been writing history too. Since the women's league was established in 1973, it has been enjoying one triumph after another. In 1987, they won the European championship on home ground and, in 1988, the unofficial World Cup in PR China. Their last major triumph was Olympic gold in Sydney in 2000. But Norwegian football outshines in other respects too. The association organises the world's biggest football tournament for children and teenagers through the Norway
Cup. As a seafaring nation, Norway
also organises a worldwide network of football matches among teams from oceangoing vessels.