CONIFA makes history with No Limits Mediterranean Futsal Cup

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) takes great pleasure in announcing details of the 2021 No Limits Mediterranean Futsal Cup, organised in partnership with CALCI: Comunità Resilienti

The six-team tournament, sponsored and supported by Schiermacher Outfitters and Precision as well as the Government of the Principality of Seborga, will take place in Sanremo, Italy on Saturday, September 11. 

The tournament forms part of a socio-cultural exhibition that CALCI: Comunità Resilienti will hold in the area between September 9-12 in which the stories and shirts of teams from around the world will be exhibited, including that of those participating in the competition.

Teams – four from within CONIFA and, by special invitation, two from outside – have been divided into two groups of three in what will be the first futsal tournament for senior national teams in the alternative world to FIFA and the Fútbol Sala. 

 

 

Group winners will progress into the final with both second place teams going on to compete for third and fourth place respectively. The teams finishing in third will, in turn, play-off for fifth and sixth places.

CONIFA Global Director for No Limit Initiatives, Francesco Zema, said: “As Global Director for No Limit initiatives, I am proud and at the same time happy to be part of such an historical moment in which CONIFA opens its doors to new football and cultural formats. 

“This tournament is a small but very important response to the pandemic and a sign of closeness and direct support to our federations and those that share with us the desire to build more inclusive football and bridges between people, territories and cultures.”

CONIFA Global President, Per-Anders Blind, added: “CONIFA is a platform where we are able to create a unique window towards the world. Through this unique platform we can show the world the beauty and greatness of ethnicities, regions, culture, heritage and identity with a mission to contribute to a better world. 

“The No Limits Mediterranean Cup in Sanremo is an important milestone in CONIFA as the first ever organized futsal tournament with a special thanks to CALCI: Comunitá Resilienti, the Principality of Seborga and Schiermacher Outfitters for their invaluable contribution to make this historical moment to come through.

“As Global President, I sincerely wish that the tournament will send a wave of hope and love around the world in these pandemic times. I wish all the teams and management good luck and am really looking forward to following the tournament.” 

The tournament will be live streamed around the world thanks to WeSport, official media partners of the tournament, while extensive coverage will appear via CONIFA’s social media platforms. 

The official tournament logo has been created by graphic designer, videomaker and psychology graduate Fabrizio De Blasi. 

Fabrizio is a social media content creator for companies and freelancers alike. He is also communications and social media manager for Sicily FA.

NOTES: 

  • CONIFA, the Confederation of Independent Football Associations, is the football federation for all associations outside FIFA. It’s a global acting non-profit organization that supports representatives of international football teams from nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples and sports isolated territories.

 

  • CONIFA is one of the transnational non-profit organizations to have an area dedicated to inclusion and innovative welfare through sport. No Limits means: football for all abilities; football and educational programs for youth in the 9-16 age group; futsal and cultural programs for ethnic minorities; national identities and original / indigenous communities; football, gender equity, sports education and active citizenship for youth.

 

  • CALCI is a socio-cultural project curated by Francesco Zema. It is a place of meeting, discussion and dialogue that gives voice to the collective memory of the individual populations of the world through stories and symbols of resilience and football.

Liga de Balompié Mexicano (LBM) Official matchball announcement

CONIFA is hereby honored to inform that LIGA DE BALOMPIÉ MEXICANO 🇲🇽 has announced the official matchball used in all league games 2021/22.

In 2020 CONIFA sanctioned the Liga de Balompié Mexicano and signed a license agreement with the league representatives.

Find out more about Liga de Balompié Mexicano at: https://www.balompiemexicano.com/

 

CONIFA Creator/Designer Contest 2021

  • Do you want to be part of the CONIFA European Football Cup dream? We’re looking for you!!!
  • Take a part in the contest to become the Creator of New European Championship Trophy !!!
  • CONIFA has decided to offer the opportunity to all its supporters to send their Trophy Project for the European Championships. After a first selection, a contest will be opened on CONIFA’s social channels where the selected projects will be voted.
  • The winning project will become the New CONIFA European Trophy. The winner will have the opportunity to participate in the European Press Conference 2022, their name will be included
    in the press releases of the European and will win the food and accommodation offered during the European Football Cup 2022.
  • The CONIFA European Championships will be held in Nice in the 2022.
  • The trophy should reflect our vision and mission plus hold our colours
  • The Confederation of Independent Football Associations, is the football federation for all associations outside FIFA. It’s a global acting non-profit organization that supports representatives of international football teams from nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples and sports isolated territories.
  • With high ethical standards and dedicated members CONIFA is the world leading organization for people, nations and sportingly isolated regions whom share the joy of playing international football. CONIFA contributes to the enhancement of global relations and international understanding
  • You can send an email to: efctrophy.contest@conifa.org with your details to receive term of participation !!! The contest will close on the 15 the of September !!! We want you !!!

Download the contest details and regulations here: Contest details and regulations

We are looking forward to your proposals/Friendshp for Life/ The CONIFA European Committee

Sicilia FA – our newest member

CONIFA is hereby honored to present our latest approved member, Sicilia FA.

At the CONIFA Global Executive Committee meeting, held 27th June, the ExCo decided to approve the membership application from Sicilia FA.

● Geography: Sicily is an island, its borders are surrounded by the sea and therefore
absolutely well defined (it is included in the list of countries and territories of the
Travelers Century Club, criteria 7 for admission to CONIFA);

● Language: Sicily has its own language, internationally recognized (it is included in the
list ISO 639.2 and 639.3 with code SCN, criteria 10 for admission to CONIFA);

● History: Sicily had its own independent state from 1071 to 1816, first as a county
(1071-1130) and then as a kingdom (1130-1816), developing its own specific political
and institutional traditions, centered on the oldest Parliament in Europe. In the last two
centuries the Sicilians have repeatedly fight for their self-determination and, for this
reason, Italy had to recognize the island’s autonomy in 1946 (criteria 11 for
admission to CONIFA);

● Legal status: Sicily is currently one of the five Autonomous Regions with a Special
Statute of Italy (the only island together with Sardinia). The first in order of foundation
and the only one whose legislative body is recognized as an effective parliamentary
assembly. This means that, compared to other Italian regions, Sicily is recognized with
the widest spaces of autonomy by virtue of its historical, political and geographical
specificities (criteria 11 for admission to CONIFA);

● Cultural identity: Sicily has a cultural identity that makes it recognizable in Italy and
abroad as a reality in its own right, also by virtue of particular folkloristic peculiarities
like, for example, the Puppets Opera (Opera dei Pupi), the Sicilian Carts, its typical
cuisine, and a flag that is over 700 years old (admission criteria 11 of CONIFA)

Find out more about Sicilia FA at their membership page here: Sicilia FA