, a relatively young country that was shattered by the effects of civil war, has so far had little opportunity to make a name for itself in the footballing world. Founded in 1969, the Somali Football Federation joined FIFA later the same year before becoming a member of the Confederation of African Football in 1975. Despite difficult circumstances, 1972 saw the launch of a domestic league championship with four regional tournaments. The championship was relaunched in the spring of 2008 after a hiatus of 18 years. Success in international football has not been forthcoming either as the national team has yet to qualify for either the FIFA World Cup? or the Africa Cup of Nations. In stark contrast to other African countries, no Somali footballer has yet made his mark in a European league or on another continent. Nevertheless, the work that is currently underway to rebuild the football infrastructure provides hope that the underestimated Somali football scene will soon gain in stature.