2016 ConIFA World Football Cup

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2016 ConIFA World Football Cup
ConIFA WC-2016 logo.jpg
Tournament details
Host country Abkhazia (official)
Dates29 May – 5 June
Teams12
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Abkhazia (1st title)
Runners-up Panjab
Third place Northern Cyprus
Fourth place Padania
Tournament statistics
Matches played28
Goals scored115 (4.11 per match)
Top scorer(s)Panjab Amar Purewal (7 goals)
2014
2018

The 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup was the second edition of the ConIFA World Football Cup, an international football tournament for states, minorities, stateless peoples and regions unaffiliated with FIFA organised by ConIFA. The tournament was hosted by the Football Federation of Abkhazia, with the Abkhazia team becoming the first host nation to win the tournament.

Host selection[edit]

Following the 2015 ConIFA European Football Cup, in which the teams from Abkhazia and South Ossetia were refused visas by the Hungarian government, ConIFA announced that they had delivered strong objections to what they saw as political interference.[1] As a consequence, in July 2015, ConIFA announced that its Executive Committee had unanimously voted to award the 2016 World Football Cup to Abkhazia. It stated that, in addition to the quality of the bid, the decision would send out the message that ConIFA would stand by all of its members.[1]

Hosts[edit]

 Abkhazia

Sukhumi Gagra
Dinamo Stadium Daur Akhvlediani Stadium
Daur Akhvlediani Stadium.png
43°00′18″N 41°00′52″E / 43.004911°N 41.014472°E / 43.004911; 41.014472 (Dinamo Stadium) 43°17′10″N 40°15′38″E / 43.2860657°N 40.2606291°E / 43.2860657; 40.2606291 (Daur Akhvlediani Stadium)
Capacity:4,300 Capacity:1,500

Qualification[edit]

Partial world map showing the national teams that entered the 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup. Note that the Panjab and Chagos teams largely consisted of diaspora members living in England.

The 2016 World Football Cup was the first ConIFA tournament to feature qualification, as the competitors in both the previous tournament and 2015 European Football Cup were invited. The qualification process was designed around a number of different tournaments; initially, ConIFA announced that the top three teams in the 2015 EFC would gain automatic qualification for the 2016 WFC.[2] Subsequent to this decision, ConIFA announced that it would sanction a number of friendly tournaments featuring its members as part of the qualification, with the first of these being the Niamh Challenge Cup, a four team tournament hosted by Ellan Vannin.[3] A further tournament, the Benedikt Fontana Cup was also planned to be hosted by Raetia.[4] The winners of these tournaments would gain qualification to the WFC.

In addition to the hosts, and the teams that gained entry to the tournament through the qualification process, ConIFA extended an invitation to the team representing the Aymara people to become the first South American side to participate.[5]

Qualified teams[edit]

Team Continent Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Previous
appearance
Previous best
performance
Notes
Banner of the Qulla Suyu.svg Aymará South America Invitation 13 May 2015 1st N/A N/A Subsequently, withdrew from competition
 Ellan Vannin Europe Niamh Challenge Cup winners 31 May 2015 2nd 2014 Runners-up (2014) Subsequently, withdrew from competition
 Padania Europe European Football Cup Winner 21 June 2015 2nd 2014 5th Place (2014) Expelled from competition subsequent to qualification; subsequently restored following withdrawal of Romani People
 County of Nice Europe European Football Cup Runner Up 21 June 2015 2nd 2014 Winners (2014) Subsequently, withdrew from competition
 Abkhazia Europe Host 7 July 2015 2nd 2014 8th Place (2014)
 Raetia Europe Benedikt Fontana Cup Winners 6 September 2015 1st N/A N/A
 Somaliland Africa Selected 9 January 2016 1st N/A N/A
 Chagos Islands Asia Selected 9 January 2016 1st N/A N/A
 Kurdistan Region Asia Selected 9 January 2016 2nd 2014 6th Place (2014)
 Panjab Asia Selected 9 January 2016 1st N/A N/A
 United Koreans in Japan Asia Selected 9 January 2016 1st N/A N/A
 Northern Cyprus Europe Selected 9 January 2016 1st N/A N/A
 Romani people Europe Selected 9 January 2016 1st N/A N/A Subsequently, withdrew from competition
 Sápmi Europe Selected 9 January 2016 2nd 2014 10th Place (2014)
 Western Armenia Europe Selected 9 January 2016 1st N/A N/A
 Székely Land Europe Selected 2 March 2016 1st N/A N/A Replaced Padania

Draw[edit]

The twelve participating teams were divided into three pots of four for the group stage, which would see them drawn into four groups of three. The draw was made by ConIFA World President Per-Anders Blind in Luleå on 1 April 2016:[6]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3

Withdrawals[edit]

In December 2015, following advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office over security concerns regarding travel to Abkhazia, the Manx Independent Football Alliance announced that the Ellan Vannin team would withdraw from the World Football Cup, and instead take part in the 2016 Europeada Championship in Italy.[7] Subsequently, both the Aymará team, and County of Nice also withdrew.

In March 2016, ConIFA announced that Padania had been expelled from the tournament due to procedural irregularities, to be replaced by Székely Land.[8]

In May 2016, three weeks prior to the start of the tournament, ConIFA announced that the Romani team had been forced to withdraw from the tournament due to difficulties in obtaining travel documents for their squad. Padania, who had been expelled, were invited to take the place of the Romani team.[9]

Matches[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Key to colours in group tables
Team advanced to the quarter-finals
Team in the 9th-12th place play-offs

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Abkhazia 2 2 0 0 10 0 +10 6
 Western Armenia 2 1 0 1 12 1 +11 3
 Chagos Islands 2 0 0 2 0 21 −21 0
Abkhazia 9–0 Chagos Islands
Dmitri Kortava 18' (pen.)
Vladimir Argun 19'
Dmitri Akhba 34'
Albert Prus 39', 43'
Ruslan Shoniya 47', 57'
Astamur Tarba 50'
Victor Pimpia 88'
Report
Chagos Islands 0–12 Western Armenia
Report David Ghandilyan 3', 20', 30', 34', 45', 53'
Tamaz Avolian 55'
Armen Kapikiyan 58', 81'
Ruslan Trapizoyan 64'
Vahagn Militosyan 69'
Hiraç Yagan 73'

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Kurdistan Region 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 6
 United Koreans in Japan 2 1 0 1 1 3 −2 3
 Székely Land 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0
Kurdistan Region 3–0 Székely Land
Farhang Wriya 34'
Farhan Shakor 55'
Hunar Ahmed 73'
Report
United Koreans in Japan 1–0 Székely Land
Lee Son-chon 60'
United Koreans in Japan 0–3 Kurdistan Region
Report Diyar Rahman 27'
Miran Khesro 45' (pen)
Hunar Ahmad 73'

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Northern Cyprus 2 2 0 0 9 1 +8 6
 Padania 2 1 0 1 7 2 +5 3
 Raetia 2 0 0 2 0 13 −13 0
Padania 1–2 Northern Cyprus
Matteo Prandelli 48' Report Ünal Kaya 62'
Halil Turan 67'
Raetia 0–6 Padania
Matteo Prandelli 23', 35', 54', 61'
Nicolo Mercorillo 21'
Andrea Rota 80'
Northern Cyprus 7–0 Raetia
Esin Sonay 5', 13', 48'
Tansel Ekingen 60'
Hüseyin Sadiklar 73'
Halil Turan 81', 87'

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Panjab 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 6
 Sápmi 2 1 0 1 5 1 +4 3
 Somaliland 2 0 0 2 0 10 −10 0
Sápmi 5–0 Somaliland
Lars Iver Strand 15'
Jarkko Lahdenmäki 50'
Jon Steinar Eriksen 60'
Stein Arne Mannsverk 70'
Hans Åge Yndestad 80'
Report
Sápmi 0–1 Panjab
Report Gurjit Singh 2'
Somaliland 0–5 Panjab
Amar Purewal 30', 67', 80'
Arjun Purewal 38'
Gurjit Singh 74'

Knockout stage[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
1 June – Sukhumi
 
 
 United Koreans in Japan 1 (2)
 
4 June – Sukhumi
 
 Northern Cyprus1 (4)
 
 Northern Cyprus0
 
1 June – Sukhumi
 
 Abkhazia 2
 
 Abkhazia 2
 
5 June – Sukhumi
 
 Sápmi0
 
 Abkhazia1 (6)
 
2 June – Sukhumi
 
 Panjab 1 (5)
 
 Kurdistan Region 2 (6)
 
4 June – Sukhumi
 
 Padania2 (7)
 
 Padania0
 
2 June – Sukhumi
 
 Panjab 1 Third place
 
 Western Armenia 2
 
5 June – Sukhumi
 
 Panjab3
 
 Padania 0
 
 
 Northern Cyprus 2
 

Quarter-Finals[edit]

United Koreans in Japan 1–1 Northern Cyprus
On Song-tae 54' Ünal Kaya 31'
Penalties
Kim Kwang-woo soccer ball with red X
On Song-tae soccer ball with check mark
Kim Su-yong soccer ball with check mark
An Suug-tae soccer ball with red X
2–4 soccer ball with check mark Esin Sonay
soccer ball with check mark Halil Turan
soccer ball with check mark Ünal Kaya
soccer ball with check mark Ibrahim Çıdamlı
Abkhazia 2–0 Sápmi
Dmitri Kortava 35', 73' (pen.)
Kurdistan Region 2–2 Padania
Matteo Prandelli 22' (o.g.)
Jassim Mohammed Haji 25'
Luca Ferri 13'
Marco Garavelli 71'
Penalties
Kosrat Baiz soccer ball with red X
Kamaran Ali (?) soccer ball with check mark
Khalid Mushir soccer ball with check mark
Diyar Rahman soccer ball with check mark
Farhan Shakor soccer ball with check mark
Hunar Ahmad soccer ball with check mark
(?) soccer ball with check mark
Miran Khesro soccer ball with red X
6–7 soccer ball with check mark Matteo Prandelli
soccer ball with check mark Marco Garavelli
soccer ball with check mark Alex Mazzocca
soccer ball with check mark Luca Mosti (?)
soccer ball with red X Luca Ferri
soccer ball with check mark Stefano Tignonsini (?)
soccer ball with check mark Gianluca Rolandone (?)
soccer ball with check mark Antonio Pizzolla
Western Armenia 2–3 Panjab
Tamaz Avolian 67'
Raffi Kaya 79'
Amar Purewal 2', 36', 44'

Semi-Finals[edit]

Northern Cyprus 0–2 Abkhazia
Levan Logua 9'
Ruslan Shoniya 69'
Padania 0–1 Panjab
Omar Rio Riaz 76'

Third-Place Play-Off[edit]

Padania 0–2 Northern Cyprus
Halil Turan 50'
Tansel Ekingen 79'

Final[edit]

Abkhazia 1–1 Panjab
Ruslan Shoniya 88' Report Amar Purewal 57'
Penalties
Anri Khagba soccer ball with check mark
Anri Khagush soccer ball with red X
Dmitriy Akhba soccer ball with red X
Tarash Khagba soccer ball with check mark
Ruslan Shoniya soccer ball with check mark
Alan Khugaev soccer ball with check mark
Shabat Logua soccer ball with check mark
Vladimir Argun soccer ball with check mark
6–5 soccer ball with check mark Amar Purewal
soccer ball with check mark Radjpal Virk
soccer ball with check mark Terlochan Singh
soccer ball with red X Karum Shanker
soccer ball with red X Jhai Dhillon
soccer ball with check mark Aran Basi
soccer ball with check mark Amarvir Sandhu
soccer ball with red X Aaron Minhas


 ConIFA World Football Cup 2016 Winners 

Abkhazia
First title

Placement Rounds[edit]

Placement round 1 Placement round 2 Placings
2 June – Gagra 3 June – Gagra  Sápmi 5th place
 Chagos Islands 2  Chagos Islands 3 (2)  Western Armenia 6th Place
 Somaliland 3  Raetia 3 (3)  United Koreans in Japan 7th Place
2 June – Gagra 3 June – Gagra  Kurdistan Region 8th Place
 Székely Land 7  Somaliland 3  Székely Land 9th place
 Raetia 0  Székely Land 10  Somaliland 10th place
3 June – Sukhumi 4 June – Gagra  Raetia 11th place
 United Koreans in Japan 1  United Koreans in Japan 1 (4)  Chagos Islands 12th place
 Sápmi 2  Kurdistan Region 1 (2)
3 June – Sukhumi 4 June – Gagra
 Kurdistan Region 0 (5)  Sápmi 3
 Western Armenia 0 (6)  Western Armenia 0

Placement Round 1[edit]

United Koreans in Japan 1–2 Sápmi
Kim Su-yong 2' ? 9' (pen.)
 ? 61'
Kurdistan Region 0–0 Western Armenia
Penalties
Miran Khesro soccer ball with check mark
Farhan Shakor soccer ball with check mark
Hunar Ahmad soccer ball with red X
Farhang Wriya soccer ball with check mark
Diyar Rahman soccer ball with check mark
Aras Mustafa soccer ball with check mark
Znar Faidhi soccer ball with red X
5–6 soccer ball with check mark Hiraç Yagan
soccer ball with red X Raffi Kaya
soccer ball with check mark Tamaz Avolian
soccer ball with check mark Loris Berberian
soccer ball with check mark Jules Tepelian
soccer ball with check mark Herant Yagan
soccer ball with check mark Denis Oz

Placement Round 2[edit]

United Koreans in Japan 1–1 Kurdistan Region
An Suug-tae 90+5' ? 80'
Penalties
Kim Su-yong soccer ball with red X
An Suug-tae soccer ball with check mark
Kim Kwang-woo soccer ball with check mark
Huo Yang soccer ball with check mark
Shin Yong-ki soccer ball with check mark
4–2 soccer ball with check mark
soccer ball with red X
soccer ball with red X
soccer ball with check mark

Final Positions[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Result
1  Abkhazia 5 4 1 0 15 1 +14 13
2  Panjab 5 4 1 0 11 3 +8 13
3  Northern Cyprus 5 3 1 1 12 4 +8 10
4  Padania 5 1 1 3 9 7 +2 4
5  Sápmi 5 3 0 2 10 4 +6 9 Eliminated
in the
Quarterfinals
6  Western Armenia 5 1 1 3 14 7 +7 4
7  United Koreans in Japan 5 1 2 2 4 7 −3 5
8  Kurdistan Region 5 2 3 0 9 3 +6 9
9  Székely Land 4 2 0 2 17 7 +10 6 Eliminated
in the
First Stage
10  Somaliland 4 1 0 3 6 22 −16 3
11  Raetia 4 0 1 3 3 23 −20 1
12  Chagos Islands 4 0 1 3 5 27 −22 1

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Benedikt Fontana Cup". ConIFA. Confederation of Independent Football Associations. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
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