The first LGBT football team north of the border are to take on London’s Leftfooters FC this Sunday, the first time gay teams from England and Scotland have clashed.

HotScots FC was founded last year with the aim of organising socials and regular kick-abouts and to provide a social outlet for LGBT people who wish to watch and participate in football with other like-minded people.

The club now boasts more than 75 members and hold kickabouts every Thursday and Sunday.

Although based in Edinburgh, membership is open to players and fans from across Scotland.

Chairman, Kevin Rowe, said:

“We are delighted to welcome the Leftfooters to Edinburgh and look forward to a competitive game on Sunday.

“The date is even more significant in HotScots history as it will be a year to the day when the very first advert went into the press asking for players fans to come forward to join this new group.”

HotScots FC will represent Scotland later this year at the International Gay Lesbian Football Association World Championship in London between 24th and 30th August 2008.

Teams from all over the world will take part in the event, to be held in Regents Park, with the finals to be played at Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium.

Leftfooters FC are hosting the tournament.

They have been working with the Football Association for the past two years.

This Sunday’s gay England vs Scotland match will take place at Jack Kane Leisure Centre in The Wisp, Edinburgh. Kick off is at 1pm.