Stingz to create football kits for newly formed Darfur United women’s team

By Ola Bjerkevoll Darfur United originally began in 2012 in the refugee camp Djabal, located in Goz Beida, eastern Chad. In a joint effort with the Darfuri refugee community, the United Nations Refugee Agency and football fans, the humanitarian organisation iACT formed the Darfur United men’s team, giving the refugees living in the camp a…

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Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) to host 2019 CONIFA European Football Cup

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) today announced that Artsakh (also known as Nagorno-Karabakh), a de facto state in the Caucasus, will host the 2019 European Football Cup. The tournament will be held from Saturday 1st June – Sunday 9 June in Stepanakert, the capital. “This is a fantastic opportunity to build on the momentum of…

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Fejer, Boudia and Singh Scoop #WFC2018 Awards

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) is pleased to announce the following individual awards following the 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup: Goalkeeper Bela Fejer Csongor has been named the Paddy Power Player of the Tournament, following numerous impressive stints in goals for eventual champions Karpatalya including a match-winning save in the penalty shoot-out.…

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CONIFA Statement Regarding Karpatalya

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) has been alerted to comments of the Sports Minister of Ukraine, Igor Zhdanov, regarding Karpatalya, winners of the 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup. Minister Zhdanov posted on his official Facebook page: ‘I call on the Security Service of Ukraine to respond appropriately to such a frank act…

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#WFC2018 Final

#WFC2018 Final: KARPATALYA 0-0 NORTHERN CYPRUS (Karpatalya win 3-2 on penalties) Karpatalya have won the 2018 CONIFA Paddy Power World Football Cup on penalties after a cagey goalless draw with Northern Cyprus, who will rue several fantastic missed opportunities. As you’d expect from a major final, the opening stages were reserved and cagey. The first…

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#WFC2018 Match-Day 6: Referees

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) would like to express its immense gratitude to the referees officiating the 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup. The following referees are in charge during Saturday’s matches. Placement match G, Chagos Islands v Tuvalu, Bedfont Sports, 12pm Referee: Raymond Motumba (Zimbabwe) Assistant 1: Alan Martinez-Loyola (USA) Assistant 2:…

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#WFC2018 Match-Day 5: Referees

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) would like to express its immense gratitude to the referees officiating at the 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup. The following referees are in charge during Thursday’s matches. Placement match A: Chagos Islands vs Matabeleland, Aveley, 12pm Referee: Amitrano Massimo Assistant 1: Guastafierro Mario Assistant 2: Sasso Mariano…

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CONIFA Statement Regarding Ellan Vannin

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) Executive Committee met on Wednesday 6 June to consider the recent actions of member team and 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup participant Ellan Vannin. CONIFA’s previous statements on this matter can be found here (regarding Ellan Vannin’s challenge to the eligibility of a Barawa player) and here…

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CONIFA Statement Regarding Ellan Vannin

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) has been informed that Ellan Vannin has withdrawn from the 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup. Ellan Vannin’s withdrawal comes following a vote of the tournament management committee on Monday 4 June, which rejected a challenge by Ellan Vannin to the eligibility of a Barawa player. Details of…

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#WFC2018 Match-Day 4: Referees

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) would like to express its immense gratitude to the referees officiating the 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup. The following referees are in charge during Tuesday’s matches. Quarter-Final A: Barawa v Northern Cyprus, Gander Green Lane, Sutton, 3pm Referee: Ivan Mrki (Germany) Assistant 1: Martin Heiland (Germany) Assistant…

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#WFC2018 Match-Day 3: Referees

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) would like to express its immense gratitude to the referees officiating the 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup. The following referees are in charge during Sunday’s matches. 3pm: Coles Park Stadium (Haringey Borough FC): Barawa v Ellan Vannin (Group A) Referee: Ivan Mrki (GER) Assistant 1: Wilhelm Gürtler…

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#WFC2018 Match-Day 2: Referees

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) would like to express its immense gratitude to the referees officiating the 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup. The following referees are in charge during Saturday’s matches. 2pm, Queen Elizabeth II Stadium (Enfield Town FC): Abkhazia v Karpatalya (Group B) Dmitrii Zhukov: Referee Vitalii Mazin: A1 Valerii Kravchenko:…

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