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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CONIFA Visits Transnistria: “We Are Ready to Start a Great Common Journey with You”

The week just before the European Football Cup in Debrecen a CONIFA went on an official visit to Transnistria. Especially the future president of the Football Association, Evgheni Balaniuc, made it more than a pleasant trip. Our General Secretary, Sascha Düerkop, and our South America Director, Jens Jockel, were even welcomed by the Foreign and…

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Statement re #FIFAarrests

We have obviously seen through many media sources reports of an ongoing investigation of alleged corruption within FIFA, a situation we do not want to or should comment on. However we would like to stress that CONIFA has been incorporated and established with extreme corporate governance and very high moral values to ensure that neither…

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