East Turkistan is located in the heart of Asia and is made up of Turkic people such as Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, and Tatars. Two years before invading Tibet, the Chinese communist state annexed the Republic of East Turkistan in 1949.
As an occupied nation, East Turkistanians have unique languages and cultural heritage that are significantly distinguishable from those of Han Chinese.
East Turkistan Football Association (ETFA) is the governing body of the East Turkistanian diaspora association football leagues in the following countries: United States, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, and Australia.
Founded in 2019, ETFA is the first East Turkistan national football association since 1949, and it is responsible for overseeing all aspects of both amateur and professional games in the East Turkistanian diaspora communities around the world.
ETFA is a member of CONIFA (previously registered as Uyghur United), and it sanctions all competitive football matches within its remit at the national level, and indirectly at the local level through the country football association leagues. It runs numerous competitions, the most famous of which is the ETFA Freedom Cup. It is also responsible for appointing the management of the men’s, women’s, and youth national football teams.