Passas national football team
|FMF member||2007–09, 2010, 2011–|
|Head coach||Harland Sanders|
|Home stadium||Northman Memorial Arena|
|First FMF intermicronational|
|Nova England 0–0 Passas|
Passas 8–0 Strait of Haifa|
Passas 8–0 Strait of Haifa
|Passas 1–4 Craitland|
|FMF World Cup|
|Appearances||9 (first in 2007)|
|Appearances||9 (first in 2007)|
The Passas national football team is the football team which currently represents the Haifo-Pallisican autonomous territory of Passas, and previously represented the Passian autonomous territory, Hammish autonomous region, Craitish autonomous territory, Gralan constituent nation and independent nation of the same name. It is a member of the EMUFA and is run by the RNSL.
The team is traditionally seen as one of the strongest national sides on Micras, having qualified for nine FMF World Cups, reaching the final in 2008, and winning three EMU Championships. The team has existed three times in the FMF's history; firstly between 2007 and mid-2009 as an independent nation, a Gralan constituent nation and an autonomous territory of Craitland, secondly in 2010 again as an independent nation, and thirdly since early 2011 as an autonomous region and autonomous territory of Hamland and Passio-Corum, respectively, and in its current form.
The team was founded in 2007 after Passas was granted FMF membership after existing on Micras since late 2006. Later in the year, the team competed in their first qualifiers for the FMF World Cup, where they finished second in their group to advance to the play-off group, beating Col and drawing with Riponia to qualify. In the finals, the team topped their group. After a 4–3 victory over Leon and Venezia, the team lost to eventual champions Craitland in the semi-finals. The team finished third thanks to a 2–1 win over Gaia in the third-place play-off. Near the end of the year, the team also competed in the inaugural EMU Championships, winning their group without dropping any points. The team continued their success throughout the knock-out stages with wins against Interland and hosts Nova England, before beating Riponia 2–1 in the final for their first title.
Passas joined with Novatainia and Tokidoki to form Gralus, with each constituent nation retaining its separate FMF membership, at the end of 2007. In the following year's World Cup qualifiers, the team qualified by winning their six-team group unbeaten. In the finals, the team topped their group, again unbeaten, beat New South Vietnam in the quarter-finals and won an epic 6–4 encounter with Alexandria in the semi-finals. However, a 4–1 loss to Craitland in the final left the team finishing second. Prior to the World Cup, Passas became an independent nation again.
Another unbeaten qualification campaign in 2009 meant the team successfully qualified for the 2009 FMF World Cup and also EMU 2009, where they advanced to the final after topping the five-team group and beat Craitland 2–1 in extra time for a second consecutive title. In the World Cup, they advanced from their group with five points before losing 2–1 in extra time to Nova England in the quarter-finals. For a short while in the summer of that year, Passas was annexed by Craitland, becoming an autonomous territory before leaving Micras.
Passas returned to Micras as an independent nation in 2010 and competed in the year's qualifiers, where the team finished second in their five-team group, five points behind Nova England, and qualified. In the the finals, the team failed to advance to the knock-out stages for the first time, finishing third in their group behind hosts Hamland by virtue of their loss to Toketi after the two finished with identical head-to-head records. Later in the year, Passas again left Micras after being declared dead.
Passas was reëstablished as an autonomous region of Hamland in early 2011 and the team rejoined the FMF. The team was entered into the qualifying campaign for the 2011 World Cup, where they went unbeaten to qualify. The team topped their finals group but lost 4–2 to Hamland in the quarter-finals. In between the qualifiers and the World Cup, the team competed in the 2011 EMU Championships, where they could only finish third in their six-team group.
The team's fortunes lessened in the following year's World Cup qualifying, where they could only manage to finish second in their five-team group behind the Nordic Union by one point. In doing so the team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time ever, but did secure a place in EMU 2012, where they finished second in their group behind eventual champions Hamland.
The 2013 qualifier saw Passas fail to reach the the finals for a second time, missing-out on goal difference to Hamland, but the team finished second in their four-team group to qualify for EMU 2013. Following qualifying, the team competed in the first Nations' Cup, where they finished second with five points. In EMU 2013, the team finished second in their three-team group with three points, behind hosts and eventual champions Interland.
Passas failed to reach the World Cup for the third year in a row after finishing second in their four-team 2014 qualifying group with 13 points. However, the team qualified for EMU 2014, where they advanced from their group thanks to tiebreaking criteria and comfortably beat hosts Nova England before losing to Mercury 2–0 in the final to place second.
In the 2015 qualifiers, the team secured a first World Cup appearance in four years after topping their five-team group unbeaten with 18 points. The team's success continued into the finals as they topped their group with eight points, without losing a match, before overcoming Alexandria on penalties in the quarter-finals. Despite losing to Hamland 2–1 in the semi-finals, they beat Gerenia 3–2 to finish in third place.
The qualifying rounds for EMU 2016 saw Passas win their four-team group unbeaten with 14 points to qualify for the finals. In the finals, the team continued their success as they topped their group with seven points before beating Talenore 2–0 in the semi-finals and thrashing Nova England 4–0 in the final to win a third EMU Championships title. In late 2016, Passas was annexed by Passio-Corum.
In the 2017 World Cup qualifiers, the team topped their four-team group unbeaten with 16 points and advanced to their seventh World Cup finals. However, the team could only finish fourth in their group with three points after winning only one of their four matches.
In early 2018, Passas became an autonomous territory of the Imperial Trade Union, after Passio-Corum joined with the Strait of Haifa, and maintained its separate FMF membership. As holders of the EMU Championships, Passas qualified automatically for the 2018 edition and instead participated in the 2018 FMF Confederations Cup, where they finished third in their group with eight points. At EMU 2018, the team advanced from their group in second, with five points from three matches, but lost their semi-final to hosts Mercury after extra time before being beaten 2–0 by Hoenn to finish fourth.
In the 2019 World Cup qualifiers, the team topped their six-team group, ahead of Nova England on goal difference, with 27 points, and qualified for their eighth tournament finals. In the finals, the team finished second in their group with seven points to advance to the play-off round, where they were beaten 2–1 by Talenore.
In the following year's EMU qualifiers, the team finished second in their five-team group with 17 points to advance to the play-offs, where they beat the Verionian Empire 8–6 on aggregate to reach a ninth EMU finals. At EMU 2020, the team finished second in their group by virtue of goal difference with three points before losing 2–0 to both Talenore in the semi-finals and hosts Sanpantul in the third-place play-off to place fourth.
In the 2021 FMF World Cup qualification rounds, the team finished top of their four-team group with 15 points and qualified for a ninth finals. However, the team could only finish bottom of their finals group after losing all four of their matches.
Chronological competitive participation
- 2007 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2007 FMF World Cup
- 2007 EMU Championships
- 2008 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2008 FMF World Cup
- 2009 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2009 EMU Championships
- 2009 FMF World Cup
- 2010 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2010 FMF World Cup
- 2011 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2011 EMU Championships
- 2011 FMF World Cup
- 2012 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2012 EMU Championships
- 2013 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2013 Nations' Cup
- 2013 EMU Championships
- 2014 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2014 EMU Championships
- 2015 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2015 FMF World Cup
- 2016 EMU Championships qualification
- 2016 EMU Championships
- 2017 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2017 FMF World Cup
- 2018 FMF Confederations Cup
- 2018 EMU Championships
- 2019 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2019 FMF World Cup
- 2020 EMU Championships qualification
- 2020 EMU Championships
- 2021 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2021 FMF World Cup
Passas has used the following flag during all three of its FMF affiliations: