CONIFA Sanctions Liga de Balompié Mexicano, Its First-Ever Professional League

News marks latest CONIFA expansion in North America and the Caribbean

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The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) is proud to announce the sanctioning of Liga de Balompié Mexicano (LBM). The LBM is the first league to be sanctioned by CONIFA, making it the organization’s first venture into league sanctioning worldwide. The same values CONIFA upholds are held by the Liga de Balompié Mexicano.

An agreement co-signed by CONIFA President Per-Anders Blind and LBM President Victor Montiel commits Liga de Balompié Mexicano to CONIFA’s code of conduct. The agreement follows the recent confirmation of the Asociación National de Balompié Mexicano (ABMN) as a CONIFA Football Association.

An ABMN National Team, representing native Mexican peoples, will reside under the jurisdiction of CONIFA North America and Caribbean.

The induction of LBM and ABMN are CONIFA’s latest moves in Mexico and Central America. On Wednesday, CONIFA announced that the Asociación de Fútbol Kuskatan, representing the indigenous Nahuas, or Pipil, people of western El Salvador, was approved as a CONIFA FA.

They join the Cascadia Association Football Federation (representing the Cascadia region of the U.S. and Canada) and Les Québécois (representing the French-speaking Canadian region of Québec) to compete for CONIFA tournament qualification and regional titles.

“I could not be more excited to welcome the ABMN to the CONIFA family. They are a very exciting group that will raise the level of competition in our regional and global competitions,” said Aaron Johnsen, President of CONIFA’s North America and Caribbean region. “We are looking forward to working with them as well as other leagues around the world to grow the game,”

As of this release, 10 professional teams are committed to the LBM with 15 more looking to occupy the 10 remaining spots in the inaugural campaign. There are ongoing plans to grow a three-tiered system consisting of 60 teams, with movement between levels to be dictated by promotion or relegation.

The league’s teams span across Mexico from Baja California to Yucatán. The league plans to start in September 2020.

Moving forward, CONIFA will explore opportunities for clubs to compete in new national and international competitions.

More information and contacts

CONIFA, is the football federation for all associations outside FIFA. It’s a global non-profit organization that supports representatives of international football teams from nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples and sports-isolated territories.

Inquiries:

Global media: Please contact James Cronin, james.cronin@conifa.org
Mexican media: Please contact Javier Levy, javier.levy@balompiemexicano.com
Other North American media: Please contact Aaron Johnsen, aaron.johnsen@conifa.org
Online:

CONIFA: Web site | Twitter
CONIFA North America and Caribbean: Twitter
LBM: Twitter

Media Advisory: Major CONIFA Announcement July 9

Football fans, supporters and members of the press:

CONIFA will hold a press conference, viewable via www.conifa.org, on Thursday 9 July at 10 a.m. ET/3p.m. BST, regarding its activities in North America.

For more information about this event:

Mexican media: Please contact Javier Levy, javier.levy@balompiemexicano.com

U.S. media: Please contact David Marino-Nachison, david.marino-nachison@conifa.org

Global media: Please contact James Cronin, james.cronin@conifa.org

Asociación de Fútbol Kuskatan Joins CONIFA

The organisation becomes the second in the North America and Caribbean region to join CONIFA this year.

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) is proud to announce that the Asociación de Fútbol Kuskatan (AFK) was approved as its newest member by a vote of its executive committee on July 5, 2020.

The AFK, the first-ever CONIFA member representing Central America, will form national team programs representing the indigenous Nahuas, or Pipil, people of western El Salvador, in CONIFA competitions. The organization, based in the Washington, D.C., area, is actively recruiting staff, donors, players and supporters in both the U.S. and El Salvador.

“We are excited to finally have this project up and running in hopes of fully supporting the Nahuas of Kuskatan and to assist with keeping the language and culture alive and well through football,” said AFK President Brian Rodriguez. “We have a beautiful community full of history and heritage that we would like to present to the world.”

The AFK is the second organization representing the North America and Caribbean region to be approved for membership in 2020, following the Asociación Nacional de Balompié Mexicano (ANBM), which represents native Mexicans and was approved for membership in June.

“We’re delighted to welcome the AFK and to work with them to help the organization become a strong CONIFA team,” said Aaron Johnson, president of CONIFA’s North America and Caribbean region. “This has been an exciting year for this region in CONIFA so far, and we believe there’s even more good news ahead.”

The AFK and ANBM join the Cascadia Association Football Federation (representing the Cascadia region of the U.S. and Canada) and Les Québécois (representing the French speaking Canadian region of Québec) in a rapidly growing regional confederation that is seeking additional growth this year and beyond.

All new CONIFA member football associations approved by CONIFA’s Executive Committee in 2020 are provisional pending a final member vote at the 2021 Annual General Meeting in January. Until that time, they may represent themselves as CONIFA members and compete in any relevant CONIFA competitions.

More information and contacts

CONIFA, is the football federation for all associations outside FIFA. It’s a global non-profit organization that supports representatives of international football teams from nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples and sports-isolated territories.

Inquiries:

Global media: Please contact James Cronin, james.cronin@conifa.org
Media in North American and the Carribean: Please contact President Aaron Johnsen, aaron.johnsen@conifa.org
AFK: Please contact President Brian Rodriguez, futbolkuskatan@protonmail.com
Online:

CONIFA: Web site | Twitter
CONIFA North & Central America and the Caribbean: Twitter
AFK: Twitter