Padania Crowned Champions After European Football Cup in Northern Cyprus

Padania, a region of northern Italy, are champions of Europe after beating Northern Cyprus in a dramatic penalty shoot-out at Ataturk Stadium in Lefkosa. The team’s win concluded a fantastic tournament, with CONIFA teams playing plenty of exciting football and enjoying wonderful hospitality from our Northern Cypriots hosts. Following an eventful group stage, Northern Cyprus…

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CONIFA visits the Matabeleland Football Confederacy

CONIFA General Secretary Sascha Düerkop has recently returned from an official visit to the Matabeleland Football Confederacy (MFC), in south-west Zimbabwe. Düerkop engaged in discussions with MFC executives about ongoing CONIFA-MFC cooperation, and attended the inaugural Royal Cup. Matabeleland is a region of Zimbabwe predominantly inhabited by the Northern Ndebele people, who share a common…

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Teams announced for 2017 CONIFA European Football Cup in Northern Cyprus

World champions Abkhazia and continental champions Padania will be among the teams contesting the 2017 Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) European Football Cup, to be held in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus from 4-11 June. Following a recent vote by member associations, CONIFA announced that Abkhazia, Sapmi, County of Nice, Karpatalya, Ellan Vannin…

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CONIFA Keeps Growing With Four New Members

CONIFA continues to grow in leaps and bounds following our Football World Cup in Abkhazia this spring. This time, we have four new members. From Africa: Western Sahara and Matabeleland. And from Europe, Délvidék and Karpatalya Délvidék and Karpatalya both represent Hungarian minorities, with Délvidék representing Hungarians in Northern-Serbia while Karpatalya represent Hungarians in Ukraine.…

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An Inspiring Underdog Story: Isle of Man Footballer Sets Sights on the Big Leagues

“Every underdog has its day” has been the inspiring and hopeful mantra of CONIFA since day one. Back in 2013, different teams’ heads created the Confederation of Independent Football Associations in order to give athletes of unrecognised states, stateless citizens, and micronations a chance to show their love for the game. In other words, it…

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#Abkhazia2016 Match Summaries – Day 5

The knock-out stage of the 2016 CONIFA World Football Cup continued on Thursday, with two games in Sukhum. Gagra, meanwhile, hosted two placement games. Check out our full match wraps below. Kurdistan 2 – 2 Padania (Padania won 7-6 on penalties), Sukhum Padania upset tournament heavyweights Kurdistan in Sukhum following a nail-biting penalty shoot-out finish,…

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