The Kosovo football team is a member of the UEFA and the FIFA. That is the outcome of a vote of the UEFA on the 3rd May of 2016, and the outcome of a vote of the FIFA two weeks later. From 2014, Kosovo was only allowed to play international friendlies.
Kosovo takes part in the qualification round for the World Cup 2018. They are in a tough group with Croatia, Iceland, Turkey, Ukraine, and Finland.
The fact that Kosovo was only allowed to play international soccer matches was the outcome of a compromise between the FIFA and the Kosovar and Serbian football associations. In the first year of their friendly matches, the Kosovo football team played against Haiti, Turkey, Senegal and Oman.
Most of the players of the national team of Kosovo play in countries like Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Sweden. Hardly any of them play in the Kosovar league.
Kosovo football players in other national teams
A couple of football stars who were born in Kosovo do not play for the national Kosovo football soccer team. This is because they chose to play for other countries in the past, like Switzerland and Albania. Both of the countries were qualified for Euro 2016 in France. Perhaps the most beautiful goal of the tournament, was scored by Kosovar Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland).
The captain of Albania, Lorik Cana, is born in Kosovo. Just like a couple of other players. As far as we know, they will not change to Kosovo. The Swiss national team has several players of Kosovo origin. The biggest name is Xherdan Shaqiri (see picture). He became famous because of a hat-trick in the World Cup of 2014 against Honduras. The shoes of Shaqiri showed once the Swiss, Albanian and Kosovar flag. Other famous players are Adnan Januzaj and Granit Xhaka. A couple of Kosovars switched in the summer of 2016 to the national team of Kosovo.