The CONIFA World Rankings: there’s a new team at the top!

The CONIFA World Rankings have been updated – and sees Northern Cyprus take top spot.

The European side were sitting second in the previous ranking from October 2018, but as Occitania has been inactive for more than 24 months, the Northern Cypriots have snatched first place.

Behind them comes EFC champions Karpatalya, and in third, Kurdistan, who have leapfrogged Padania. The team from northern Italy themselves fall to ninth on the newly updated table.

Check out the rankings in full at the bottom of this article!

Of the most recently admitted CONIFA members, Parishes of Jersey, comes on to the list with a bang.

The island team has skyrocketed to fourth place, ahead of 2019’s European Football Cup hosts, Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).

At the foot of the table, we find Oceania side Tuvalu, who despite playing in the 2019 Pacific Games, have been leapfrogged by Darfur, Chagos Islands, Tibet and Raetia, who all climb up the table.

The CONIFA rankings are decided by a number of elements, and all matches reported in to CONIFA count towards the ranking. Matches against CONIFA opposition counts more than matches against non-CONIFA members, and tournaments count more than friendlies. If you want to know the finer details of how the ranking is made up, find out here; but for now, congratulations to Northern Cyprus on their No1 spot!



The CONIFA global media team is seeking photography volunteers for the World Football Cup 2020!

The CONIFA World Football Cup is approaching quickly! And CONIFA global media will be in Skopje, North Macedonia from 30 May – 8 June 2020, covering every aspect of CONIFA’s biggest football tournament since London 2018.

Sixteen teams will face off to decide who will be CONIFA World Football Cup champions in various stadia in and around Skopje. And the global media team is looking for 2-3 volunteer photographers who can help us capture the matches in all their intensity.

If you’re a photographer who has some sporting or events experience and is looking to grow your portfolio, or if you’re a snapper who is wanting to visit North Macedonia and photograph the country as well as a set number of football matches on each match day, we’d love to hear from you.

Everyone who volunteers for CONIFA does so without pay, which does mean you’d have to make your own way to Skopje and fund yourself while you’re out there. But CONIFA can offer 2-3 photographers who are shooting for the global media team free accommodation (shared rooms) and board for the duration of the tournament (30 May – 8 June 2020).

You’ll also be part of a friendly and supportive media team, and will get the opportunity to photograph teams from across the globe as they do battle to be crowned CONIFA World Football Cup champions.

If you’re interested in volunteering for CONIFA as a photographer, please do email by 3 March 2020 to find out more. Do include a CV or portfolio for consideration. We look forward to seeing you in Skopje!