Club History

Europa Point FC was formed in 2014 with a founding ethos of being a ‘stepping stone club’ offering young players a pathway back into the professional game. 

As its founder and Chairman John Gontier wrote: “in the multi-billion footballing industry, very little is done for young released players who have sacrificed so much including their studies to pursue a career in football only to find themselves suddenly out of football and struggling in the job market. Europa Point FC was founded because it understands that there is a thin line between success and failure in professional football and exists to give these players a second chance, providing a pathway back into the professional game.”

 

Although a relatively new club, Europa Point FC  has already won the Gibraltar Second Division Cup twice and gained promotion as Champions of Division Two at the end of the 2015/16 season following an unbeaten league campaign. The club narrowly missed out on promotion in the 2017/18 season after an impressive run of wins and player Julian Lopez scoring a staggering 14 goals in 8 games, which resulted in Europa Point FC finishing second in the Second Division. The club now sits in the newly restructured Gibraltar National League. 
Under the proposed ownership of British entrepreneur and FA licensed coach Andrew Pritchard, the club is now raising its game, putting new talent, leading coaches and professional processes in place and with a renewed determination to progress in the world of football. John Gontier remains Chairman of Europa Point FC alongside club owner Andrew Prichard and Allen Bula – a former Gibraltar National Football Association Manager – as head coach. Premier League legend Julian Joachim is both a player and advisor to the club. 

 

The club is based at the Rock’s iconic Victoria Stadium which is shortly to be transformed into a state-of-the-art UEFA category 4 stadium with a £15m investment from the Gibraltar Football Association  The new stadium will accommodate 8000 supporters and paves the way for local Gibraltan teams to play international games at home. Further investment is being made by the Gibraltar Government in modernising and constructing sporting infrastructure around the Rock.  In addition the Government has also built a state-of-the-art University and accommodation at Europe’s most southerly point, Europa Point.
Teams in the Gibraltar National League can compete to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League with the top three teams able to earn considerable amounts by competing in Europe. In the 2019/2020 season, Gibraltan teams have four chances in the UEFA competitions to secure a place in the Champions and Europa league.

Gibraltar has been a full UEFA member since 2013 and investment and interest in Gibraltan football has grown significantly since then. The national team can now compete in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers,  UEFA European Championships as well as the UEFA Nations League.

Europa Point FC’s line up this season features a powerful mix of  both international and home grown Gibraltan talent including Premier League legend Julian Joachim and Japanese football star, Shoehei Sakamoto (“Saka”), the future is bright and full of potential for Europa Point FC.    

Join us as we progress on our exciting journey…