CONIFA is seeking new board members across various departments for immediate placement

CONIFA’s Executive Committee is seeking to appoint a minimum of 3-4 new Executive Committee members to ensure we have the capacity and skills to oversee the next phase of our work in 2020 and 2021; to include a financial director, a legal director, a commercial director and a sponsorship director.

The roles are unpaid, voluntary positions. Reasonable travel expenses are paid.

Board members are expected to attend 10-12 board meetings via Skype per year, but also to participate in the life of the organisation between board meetings, advising various other CONIFA departments and acting in an ambassadorial role for CONIFA.

Board meetings are currently held weekday evenings (CET) via Skype.

Positions are advertised for a period of 2 years (term may be renewed) and would need to be agreed by the Executive Committee. Successful applicants will be voted into the roles by the Executive Committee at the next CONIFA AGM, taking place in Jersey in January 2020.


About the roles:
We are seeking to recruit a number of board members, and expect that different candidates will bring a range of skills and experience to CONIFA from the attributes listed.

We are also looking to recruit those who are not usually represented on executive boards; we want to make CONIFA more diverse, so applications are open to under-represented groups, including women and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.



CONIFA, the Confederation of Independent Football Associations, is the football federation for all associations outside FIFA.

It’s a global acting non-profit organization that supports representatives of international football teams from nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples and sports isolated territories.

CONIFA was founded on the 7th of June 2013, and organized his first World Football Cup in June 2014 in Ostersund, Sweden.

CONIFA aims to build bridges between people, nations, minorities and isolated regions all over the world through friendship, culture and the joy of playing football. CONIFA works for the development of affiliated members and is committed to fair play and the eradication of racism.

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  • Commitment to the objectives of CONIFA
  • Willingness to act as an ambassador for CONIFA
  • Willingness to fulfil the duties and standards of conduct required of a board member of an organisation that is global and represents over 300 million members
  • Understanding of equality and diversity issues



  • Experience of finance and fund accounting (for finance director role).
  • Fundraising (e.g. from individuals, partnerships with business and/or society organisations, funding groups and/or sales of goods and services) (for commercial/sponsorship role)
  • Working in a sporting/football environment
  • Working for or with the following: managers and boards in all sectors & relevant structures e.g. financial organisations, legal organisations, media organisations, sporting groups, commercial roles, sales and marketing roles, sponsorship roles; event and project management roles
  • Developing business models in voluntary sporting organisations comparable to CONIFA
  • Legal qualifications and experience in commercial, regulatory or sports law


Expertise & knowledge

  • Fundraising or seeking sponsorship for a group like CONIFA
  • Financial management and/or experience managing budgets and P+L
  • Sales management experience
  • Legal experience
  • Sports sponsorship or commercial knowledge
  • Events or project management knowledge



  • Ability to understand and interrogate financial reports
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Management / project management skills
  • Commercial and / or sponsorship and partnership experience
  • Ability to operate as part of a team


How to apply

Please submit a CV and a covering letter by Friday 10 January 2020, stating which role and why you wish to be considered for this, to CONIFA General Secretary Sascha Duerkop on

Your covering letter should show how you meet each of the relevant requirements in the person specification. We will interview for the roles by Skype call with existing board members as soon as possible. Successful applicants will be invited to the CONIFA AGM in Jersey on Saturday 25 January (this travel would be at your own expense, so if this is not possible, we will speak with you on this date by Skype call instead).

6 reasons to travel to North Korea with Young Pioneer Tours!

Always wanted to go behind the iron curtain and visit North Korea? Never thought you’d be able to? Well now you can… thanks to CONIFA’s official tour partners, Young Pioneer Tours – and here are 6 reasons why you should go!

1. Check out a football match in the 150,000-seater Rungrado May Day Stadium

North Korea takes its football very seriously – it’s the most popular sport in the country. In Pyongyang you can visit a football college, play a match against locals (see No2!) and watch either domestic, continental club or international matches in both men’s and women’s football. In June 2020, CONIFA’s official tour partners Young Pioneer Tours will be running a specialist Football Tour to watch North Korea take on Turkmenistan in a World Cup qualifier within the immense 150,000-seater Rungrado May Day Stadium – the perfect way to soak up the locals’ pride for their North Korean team.

And what’s more, if you sign up for this tour, just mention the code CONIFA-YPT when you do so and you’ll receive a special €50 discount!

2. Head to Pyongyang Football School, then play 5-a-side with the locals

One of the nicest things about Young Pioneer Tours’ trips to North Korea is that you get to hang out with the locals in Pyongyang. Not only will you go to Pyongyang Football School, which specialises in the sport, and chat to the students, but you’ll also see them playing football (class schedules allowing). In addition to that, you’ll get to pull on your football boots (don’t forget to pack them) and head out to play a 5-a-side match with locals in a park. It’s a great way to get to know the people who live in this mysterious city.

3. Run the Pyongyang Marathon

Yes, you read that right! Young Pioneer Tours can help you run the Pyongyang Marathon, a dream for any runner. You’ll finish the 26-mile course in the Kim II Sung Stadium, cheered home by the locals, and get a certificate once you’ve completed the run. And if you don’t fancy covering quite such a lot of ground, you can also apply to run in the half marathon, mini marathon or the 5km race – or just watch from the stands, if running really isn’t your thing.

4. Sample the local beer in Pyongyang’s micro breweries

If you’ve not associated North Korea with beer, then prepare to be surprised. Pyongyang is a real hub of microbrewery magic and Young Pioneer Tours will show you around the city’s watering holes. There are plenty of iconic bars where you can sample the different beers available, and wash down all that spicy bibimbap.

5. Be wowed by the Mass Games

Wow, this is a real spectacle – one definitely not to be missed. Over 100,000 people take part in the North Korean Mass Games, which feature synchronised dancing and gymnastics in the giant May Day Stadium. This colourful and stunning performance tells a stylised story of North Korea, with giant ‘mosaic’ style pictures being held up by the performers, and flowers and suns representing different parts of the country’s history.

The Mass Games are in the Guinness Book of Records for a reason – as the world’s largest gymnastic display – and will be a highlight of any tour to the country

6. Brush up on your Korean language skills

If you want to immerse yourself in North Korean life, this is the tour for you. You’ll spend a month in Pyongyang, studying Korean at a university school in the morning, before heading out in the afternoon on sightseeing trips. As you’re in the country for such a long time, you’ll also get under the skin of North Korean life, with the opportunity to visit locals’ homes, go to the cinema, and head to the beach for a swim. Oh, and you’ll be able to speak decent Korean by the end of your tour, too!

This is sponsored content, created in partnership with Young Pioneer Tours.

New CONIFA World Football Cup 2020 location announced

CONIFA can today confirm that Skopje, in the Republic of North Macedonia, will play host to the CONIFA World Football Cup 2020.

Skopje is the capital of the Republic of North Macedonia, with a population of about 500,000 people. North Macedonia lies in south-east Europe, bordered by Albania to the west, Greece to the south, Bulgaria to the east, and Kosovo and Serbia to the north.

The tournament will consist of 16 teams; the qualification period for the 2020 World Football Cup ends in December 2019. is the premier sponsor for the CONIFA World Football Cup.

The draw for the tournament will be held at the CONIFA Annual General Meeting in Jersey on the weekend of 24-26 January 2020.

The tournament will take place from 30 May-7 June 2020 and more information will be released in due course.

CONIFA General Secretary Sascha Duerkop, said: “We are delighted to announce that Skopje will be the location of the next CONIFA World Football Cup. It’s a fantastic city with great facilities and we look forward to heading there next summer to watch some fantastic football.”

Jens Jockel, CONIFA Asia President, has visited Skopje to assess its suitability for the World Football Cup. “Skopje has some wonderful facilities and will welcome visitors with its world-famous Macedonian hospitality. If you’ve not associated Macedonia with football before, you will after the World Football Cup 2020! We will look forward to bringing people to the country, and welcoming visitors from around the world to enjoy this fantastic tournament.”