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)
  • 4 x content and social media producers

Volunteers should be London-based and available for the entirety of the tournament.

CONIFA is a charity registered in Sweden, committed to strengthening international understanding and cultural awareness through football. CONIFA believes everyone should be able to play football, regardless of historic borders and international politics. CONIFA’s members include cultural and ethnic minority groups, sports-isolated territories, de facto and partially-recognised territories and United Nations member states. CONIFA is politically neutral.

CONIFA is a volunteer-run organisation – not even our President is paid a salary. Accordingly, CONIFA is unable to compensate our media volunteers, nor assist with their expenses. However, CONIFA is committed to delivering a rewarding and worthwhile experience. You will be working as part of a diverse and experienced media team, on an international-standard football tournament like no other. CONIFA is happy to provide references following the tournament.

Individuals interested in volunteering should email media[at]conifa[dot]org with the following documents:

  • A cover letter of no more than one page, outlining your prior relevant experience, what you hope to gain from volunteering with CONIFA, your preferred role, your language abilities and your availability to assist on an ad hoc basis prior to the tournament;
  • A resume/CV of no more than two pages;
  • Links to three examples of your work in the media space (eg articles, photography, video content etc).

CONIFA particularly welcomes applications from people with cultural/ethnic/linguistic backgrounds aligning with our members. CONIFA is committed to a discrimination-free workplace, and is aiming to form a gender-balanced and ethnically-diverse media team.

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 for a diverse extravaganza of football, culture and international understanding.

PHOTO DOWNLOAD: Images from 2016 CONIFA World Football Cup (Credit: Beslan Lagulaa/CONIFA)

Group 1 will see Barawa, a region of Somalia, join Ellan Vannin (the Isle of Man), Tamil Eelam and Cascadia, a geographic area of the United States and Canada.

Group 2 is arguably the ‘group of death’, bringing together defending champions Abkhazia, and 2017 CONIFA European Football Cup runners-up Northern Cyprus, both partially-recognised states, along with Felvidek, a Hungarian-inhabited region of Slovakia, and Tibet.

Group 3 pits European champions Padania, a region of Italy, with Székely Land, a Hungarian part of Romania, Pacific nation Kiribati and Matabeleland, an area of Zimbabwe.

Finally, Group 4 brings together 2016 World Football Cup runners up Panjab, the United Koreans in Japan, Western Armenia and one of CONIFA’s newest members, Kabylia representing a region of north Africa.

“We are excited to be moving towards what promises to be our biggest tournament yet,” said CONIFA President Per-Anders Blind. “The draw has provided some interesting and unusual encounters, and we are sure all games will entertain the large crowds that we are sure London is going to supply.”

“Arrangements for London 2018 are progressing well,” explained CONIFA General Secretary Sascha Düerkop. “Tickets will go on sale shortly, and we will soon be announcing our major tournament sponsors, stadiums and associated events. We can’t wait to bring the CONIFA story to the home of football.”

CONIFA is an international football federation for teams outside of FIFA, with members including states, de facto states, regions, minority groups and sports-isolated territories. CONIFA is a non-profit organisation registered in Sweden.


Group 1: Barawa, Ellan Vannin, Tamil Eelam, Cascadia

Group 2: Abkhazia, Northern Cyprus, Felvidek, Tibet

Group 3: Padania, Székely Land, Kiribati, Matabeleland

Group 4: Panjab, United Koreans in Japan, Western Armenia, Kabylia

Interviews can be arranged on request with CONIFA President Per-Anders Blind, CONIFA General Secretary Sascha Düerkop, CONIFA Commercial Director (and author of the acclaimed Up Pohnpei) Paul Watson and players, coaches and administrators from participating teams.