IFFHS really had me jaw-dropping on Great Britain's games being "official A internationals" (under England or separately). Well, they can officialize whatever they want, but no national FA is going to rewrite their official matches list because they say so.
Totally agree and I don't see very much consistency in their way of approaching matches to be official or not. I browsed the 1911-1920 list of official A-internationals. Most of the matches played by a dissident Argentine XI i.e. are not regarded as official except both matches played in 1914 against Brazil. Can anyone explain why IFFHS made an exception for the Argentine dissident teams that played against Brazil?
Sadly, the IFFHS list is as good as anyone's, which means it is not of much help. The approach taken by www.eu-football.info is much better, since they include any game recognized as official by one of the European FA, adding an asterisk to the other side if it does not.
The only good thing on the IFFHS list is imho that they explain why some matches are included or not, i.e. the 19-06-1914 match Sweden - Hungary. These explanations clearify some crucial details about matches which are very useful. I used to include that match in my lists, but because of the explanation I read it became clear to me that imho Swedish FA is right not to include this match. IFFHS lists are no bible of course. Just a tool that can help us to decide for ourselves if we can include some matches or not. The set up of the www.eu.football.info is much better, but not 100% complete. An example is the 11-06-1922 Norway 7-0 France match that initially have been regarded official by at least one of both countries' FA, but later have been deleted. Read more about on following topic http://roonba.20.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=956