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November 12, 2019


The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) has today announced another exciting partnership, with Young Pioneer Tours signing a one-year deal to become the football federation’s Official Tour Partner.

2019 has been a year of progress for CONIFA, with the growth of their women’s football programme, along with a hugely successful European Football Cup tournament taking place in Artsakh, won by South Ossetia.


And 2020 will get off to a bright start, thanks to the new partnership with Young Pioneer Tours.

Sascha Duerkop, CONIFA General Secretary said: “We are delighted to team up with Young Pioneer Tours in 2020.

“We were very excited to hear about their work in taking people all around the world, and their ethos was very similar to ours, so the partnership makes a lot of sense.

“We are sure that our CONIFA followers will make good use of their services and that it will be the start of a successful working relationship.”

Young Pioneer Tours specialise in tours to North Korea, a host of unrecognised countries and other worldwide destinations at budget prices.

They combine the best guides in the industry with expert local knowledge and contacts to ensure their trips are unparalleled experiences for adventurous tourists.

And Gareth Johnson of Young Pioneer Tours is looking forward to working with CONIFA, adding: “I personally love football and travel to obscure places, so CONIFA are a dream partner for us. I am sincerely excited about us both achieving great things from this partnership.”

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For more information on CONIFA and its work to support football around the globe, contact Cassie Whittell, Director of Media & Communications on

For more information on Young Pioneer Tours, contact

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By Robin Toal

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