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In total there are around 35 – 40 million Kurds. They originate from Iraq, Syria, Iran and Turkey, and are based all over the world now.
Iraqi Kurdistan gained an autonomus status in a 1970 agreement with the Iraqi government, and its status was re-confirmed as an autonoumous entity within the federal Iraqi republic in 2005. The Kurdish Football Association was founded in 2006, and represents Iraqi Kurdistan. The head office is located in the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Arbil (Irbil). The national team of Kurdistan has participated in several international tournaments. In 2012 they won the VIVA World Cup in Kurdistan, after a thrilling final against Northern Cyprus (2-1). At the CONIFA World Football Cup 2014 they ended 6th.

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February 25

Groups announced for first-ever CONIFA World Women’s Football Cup

Sapmi and Northern Cyprus, who played in CONIFA’s first-ever official women’s match in November 2018,...

January 27

CONIFA World Football Cup 2020: the groups are announced!

The draw for the CONIFA World Football Cup 2020 took place today (Sunday 26...

April 24

CONIFA to collaborate with Goal Click during #WFC2018

Kids play football in Kurdistan, a CONIFA member. Image: Goal Click. The Confederation of Independent...

June 05

#Abkhazia2016 Match Summaries – Day 8

The 2016 World Football Cup concluded on Sunday, with home side Abkhazia lifting the trophy...