CONIFA partners with Global FCE for young player prize at 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) is pleased to partner with Global FCE, an organisation with unique football academy programs in four countries, to provide a month of coaching for the best young player at the forthcoming 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup. “We are delighted to bring Global FCE on board as a…

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CONIFA announce first stadium for 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup, tickets now on sale

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) and Sutton United FC are pleased to announced that the Knights Community Stadium (Gander Green Lane) will host games during 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup in London. The 5,013-capacity stadium will host six games during the Thursday 31 May to Saturday 9 June event, including two quarter-finals. The tournament will…

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Paddy Power announced as title sponsor of 2018 CONIFA World Football Cup in London

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) is pleased to announce bookmaker Paddy Power as the title sponsor of the 2018 CONIFA World Football Cup. “We see Paddy Power as a fantastic fit to support our biggest event yet,” said CONIFA President Per-Anders Blind. “Both CONIFA and Paddy Power have reputations for doing things differently, and we…

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Media Volunteers Sought for 2018 CONIFA World Football Cup in London

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) seeks suitably experienced volunteers to assist with media operations during the 2018 CONIFA World Football Cup, to be held in London from Thursday 31 May to Saturday 9 June. The following positions are available: 1 x videographer (with video editing experience) 2 x photographers (preferably with sports photography experience)…

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2018 London CONIFA World Football Cup Draw Takes Place in Northern Cyprus

Build-up for the 2018 Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) World Football Cup continued last week, with the draw taking place during the CONIFA Annual General Meeting in Northern Cyprus. The World Football Cup, which will be held from Thursday 31 May to Saturday 9 June in London, is set to bring together 16 teams from five continents…

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CONIFA Attends National Indigenous Football Championships (NIFC)

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) was invited to the second National Indigenous Football Championships (NIFC) that took place in Nowra, Australia. This report on that event was put together by Oscar Mussons, CONIFA Asia’s Business Development Manager, pictured in the middle of the photo to the right. More than twenty Indigenous teams from…

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Update from Oceania

The latest information from Kiribati and Tuvalu, as presented by writer Ola Bjerkevoll on the website FootballOceania.com Kiribati – Fighting for FIFA membership Kiribati are trying to gain entry into the football world, but are currently left alone to play football on their beautiful islands. But they want so much more, and helping them with…

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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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