Szekelyföld LE newest CONIFA member

We have a new member: Szekelyföld LE officially joined CONIFA this week.

The Szekelyföld LE was established in 2014. The Székely Land is a historic and ethnographic area in Romania, inhabited mainly by the Székelys, a subgroup of the Hungarian people from eastern Transylvania.

Szekelyföld LE will play a friendly against Raetia on the 9th of November. Later on – probably in September – they’ll meet Chaos too, but the date is not fixed yet.

In total CONIFA has 23 members right now. More info about the new FA will be published on their personal page on this website soon.

MIFA: “Very Proud to Organize the 1st European Football Cup”

Proud and happy. That’s how they feel on the Isle of Man, being the hosts of the CONIFA European Football Cup in 2015.

As stated here the 1st European Football Cup will be held on the Isle of Man, from the 13th till the 21th of June 2015. MIFA, the Manx International Football Alliance, is very proud it can organize the tournament:

“It is with tremendous pride that we have been officially informed by CONIFA that the Isle of Man has been chosen as hosts for the CONIFA European Football Cup”, Gary Weightman from MIFA says. “We can assure that the people of the Isle of Man will provide all the competing International Teams, their Management, Supporters, International Media and of course CONIFA itself, with not just a fantastic football tournament but a cultural and heritage experience that will enrich the lives and memories of those in the CONIFA family. All of this is possible due to the the warmth and generous spirit of the Manx Nation.”

“An important aspect and objective of CONIFA World football is the promotion and sharing of Heritage and Culture through sport and this will be of paramount importance in this tournament with detailed information to follow. This is an honour and fantastic opportunity for not just Manx footballers on the Isle of Man who will again meet some exceptional professional players from Europe, but for the people of the Isle of Man to demonstrate their pride and passion for this Island on the International Stage.”

CONTACT

More details on the 1st CONIFA European Football Cup will follow in the coming weeks. On Manx TV you can see a reaction from Malcolm Blackburn, president of MIFA. You can follow MIFA on Facebook and Twitter. They also created a new Twitter-account for the EFC. If you want to get in touch with the organization, you can send an e-mail to euro2015media@manx.net. Information on the Isle of Man can be found on this website.

The 1st European Football Cup Will Be Hosted by MIFA on the Isle of Man

The CONIFA Executive Committee unanimously decided to let Manx International Football Alliance (MIFA) host the CONIFA European Football Cup. The EFC will be played in June 2015 on the Isle of Man.

The first CONIFA European Football Cup will be organized on the Isle of Man and will be hosted by Ellan Vannin. The EFC will take place in 2015, from the 13th till the 21st of June.

“We are fully confident that MIFA ticks all boxes to host the tournament in a way it will never be forgotten by anybody attending it”, CONIFA President Per-Anders Blind says. “An amazing stadium, the beautiful country, the professionalism of the organizing committee and their public support were main factors to give it to the stunning island in the Irish Sea.”

TWELVE TEAMS, DRAW IN FEBRUARY

Twelve CONIFA-members will compete during the EFC. The draw for the groups will take place in February 2015, on the Isle of Man. There will be 4 groups of 3 teams. The top 2 teams in each group play the quarter finals. Apart from the quarters, the semis and the final there also will be placement games.

All the games will be played at The Bowl in Douglas, the capital of the Isle Of Man. There will be an opening ceremony, a fanzone and cultural village, a youth exchance programma and a closing ceremony at the Villa Marina. More details will follow in the coming weeks. A reaction from MIFA you can read here.

ABKHAZIA AND NAGORNO KARABAKH WITHDRAW BID

There were three member applying to host the first CONIFA European Football Cup: MIFA, Abkhazia FA and Nagorno Karabakh FA. Abkhazia did withdraw from their initial intention to host the CONIFA EFC, because they do have presidential elections in September. They cannot make any definite decision which involves governmental support as the government might change until the kickoff of the tournament. Besides Abkhazia is building a new national stadium just at the seaside of Sukhum and it is not entirely sure that the stadium will be completed in time. Nevertheless Abkhazia and the Abkhaz people are still confident to bring a huge CONIFA tournament to Sukhum someday and surely they will come back with a stronger bid.

Unfortunately Nagorno-Karabakh also had to withdraw their bid. The grass of the national stadium in the city center of the Artsakh capital Stepanakert is just in renovation. Once finished this stadium will have an artificial pitch of the highest standards and it will probably be one of the best and biggest stadiums within the CONIFA world. Unfortunately the set-up of this artificial pitch will take its time and will finish in summer 2015 only. As a guaranteed finishing date before September could not be given by the building company the Nagorno Karabakh FA decided to withdraw. They want to host a major tournament in the future, but if they do, they want it to be perfect. We agree that it is a good decision to wait a bit longer until the highest standards are reached and the country’s infrastructure is 100% ready for such a huge event.