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February 19, 2020

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!

 

CONIFA RANKING, UPDATED AS OF 01.01.20

Place Team Ranking points
1 Northern Cyprus1548
2 Karpatalya1540
3Kurdistan 1499
4Parishes of Jersey 1470
5Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) 1453
6South Ossetia 1438
7Abkhazia1433
8Panjab1424
9Padania1400
10Matabeleland1394
11Cascadia1388
12Yorkshire1379
13Luhansk PR 1375
14Chameria1363
15Western Armenia 1332
16Tamil Eelam 1326
17Donetsk PR 1311
18United Koreans in Japan 1301
19Sápmi 1293
20Cornwall1253
21Szekely Land 1248
22Kabylia1231
23Ellan Vannin 1194
24East Turkestan 1192
25Sardinia 1178
26Somaliland1175
27Australian First Nations 1167
28Barawa1142
29Raetia1133
30Tibet1128
31West Papua 1110
32Chagos Islands 1069
33Darfur 1022
34Tuvalu 969
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By Robin Toal

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