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October 29, 2022

Pressrelease: CONIFA European Trophy 2023 in North Cyprus

Conifa announces that the 2023 European Football Cup (EFC) in North Cyprus will be held from 03rd to 11th June 2023.

The event will be presented during the Press Conference to be held on 09th November 2022 at the Ahmed Sami Topcan Meeting Venue of CTFA in Lefkosa, North Cyprus.

The President of the CTFA Hasan Sertoğlu and the Conifa European President Alberto Rischio will take part at the press conference.

During the live of the event, the logo of the EFC 2023, the tournament and the new Conifa European Trophy, created by the winner of the Conifa Contest Stefano Voi and which had its world premiere on April 24th 2022 at the Olympic Theatre in Sabbioneta, will be presented.

Hasan Sertoğlu President of the CTFA

While the joy of the organisation in 2017 still lingers, we are very glad and excited to be hosting the CONIFA European Football Championship in 2023 once again.

We have already begun to work on all arrangements for accommodation, venues and all other means. We are more experienced than in 2017 and aim to make this organisation better than the former.

The news regarding the host of this organisation stirred national excitement in North Cyprus. Our players are playing their matches with extra motivation as they will be experiencing national pride and joy. The Turkish Cypriot community will be supporting their National Team in unity as well as hosting all our guests in the best possible way.

Everyone can have full faith that this organisation will be of the highest level and would like to thank CONIFA for their approval.

Per Anders Blind Conifa Global President

As Global President of CONIFA, I´m very proud that we have a second opportunity to celebrate the greatness and beauty of North Cyprus and it´s people this summer.

The CTFA became founded in 1955 (67 years ago) and are one of the most professional operated Football Federations in CONIFA. Like in 2017, I´m fully convinced that teams, referees, delegates, visitors, fans and followers will experience an unique event – celebrating cultural identities all over Europe which will be perfectly orchestrated by the CTFA President Hasan Sertoğlu and his team in collaboration with the CONIFA European Committee.

Even if this is a European located event, the tournament will gain global attention. I sincerly encourage everyone to follow and enjoy the magical athmoshere when 12 teams comes together in six beautiful stadiums. This summer we will crown a new CONIFA European Champion.

Welcome to North Cyprus, 3rd – 11th June 2023.

Alberto Rischio Conifa European President

After submitting the request last August, it was an honor to have announced to Cyprus Turkish Football Association the positive outcome of CONIFA to host the fourth edition of the European Football Cup 2023.

The CTFA was the organizer for edition 2017 with a great success. In the last years, the management of President Hasan Sertoğlu and his Federation has led to excellent successes. The participation of a large audience in the Aksa Süper Lig matches means great teamwork.

Six stadiums will be involved for the Championship where we also see two new stadiums: the Cumhuriyet in Yeni İskele and the Üner Berkalp in Morphou.

Next Summer it will be very nice to see an entire people passionate about this event and supporting their players and see the proposed game of the other 11 football schools.

The match panel proposes 12 federations. Where a first phase will be the elimination rounds by groups and a second phase will start with quarter-finals to end with a final for the assignment of the continental trophy at the Ataturk stadium in Lefkoşa.

In addition to football activities there will be cultural activities where it will be a moment of knowledge and inclusion.

The organizational machine is made up of 700 people including players, football operators, CONIFA delegates, referees, journalists, graphic designers, security officers and organizational managers.

The Local Organizing Committee led by Hasan Çerkez and CONIFA European Committee are well aware of doing an important work.

For EURO2023 the countdown begins… are you ready for this amazing event?!

Good job, everybody!

Stefano Voi

Stefano Voi was born in Altofonte, a small town near Palermo, Sicily.

The words of the winner in which he explains how he became aware of the Contest and the message he wants to communicate with his Trophy.

“ I participated in the Contest because i had learned about the presentation of the Sicilian national football team and on that occasion I met Conifa. Out of curiosity I started following it on all the Social pages, and following one of these platforms I came to knowledge of the competition and with enthusiasm I participated certain of being able to use my drawing to bring as many friends as possible in the knowledge of Conifa itself. With my drawing I tried to imagine all these peoples connected to independent football associations, imagining them as enclosed in an embrace of colors and equality. “

Stay tuned for more news and information.

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