2016 ConIFA World Football Cup
|Host country|| Abkhazia (official)|
|Dates||29 May – 5 June|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Abkhazia (1st title)|
|Third place||Northern Cyprus|
|Goals scored||115 (4.11 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Amar Purewal (7 goals)|
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.
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. 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.
|Dinamo Stadium||Daur Akhvlediani Stadium|
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. 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. A further tournament, the Benedikt Fontana Cup was also planned to be hosted by Raetia. 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.
|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|
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:
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3|
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. Subsequently, both the Aymará team, and County of Nice also withdrew.
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.
|Key to colours in group tables|
|Team advanced to the quarter-finals|
|Team in the 9th-12th place play-offs|
|Dmitri Kortava 18' (pen.)
Vladimir Argun 19'
Dmitri Akhba 34'
Albert Prus 39', 43'
Ruslan Shoniya 47', 57'
Astamur Tarba 50'
Victor Pimpia 88'
|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'
|United Koreans in Japan||2||1||0||1||1||3||−2||3|
|Kurdistan Region||3–0||Székely Land|
|Farhang Wriya 34'
Farhan Shakor 55'
Hunar Ahmed 73'
|United Koreans in Japan||0–3||Kurdistan Region|
|Report||Diyar Rahman 27'
Miran Khesro 45' (pen)
Hunar Ahmad 73'
|Matteo Prandelli 48'||Report||Ünal Kaya 62'
Halil Turan 67'
|Matteo Prandelli 23', 35', 54', 61'
Nicolo Mercorillo 21'
Andrea Rota 80'
|Esin Sonay 5', 13', 48'
Tansel Ekingen 60'
Hüseyin Sadiklar 73'
Halil Turan 81', 87'
|Lars Iver Strand 15'
Jarkko Lahdenmäki 50'
Jon Steinar Eriksen 60'
Stein Arne Mannsverk 70'
Hans Åge Yndestad 80'
|Amar Purewal 30', 67', 80'
Arjun Purewal 38'
Gurjit Singh 74'
|1 June – Sukhumi|
|United Koreans in Japan||1 (2)|
|4 June – Sukhumi|
|Northern Cyprus||1 (4)|
|1 June – Sukhumi|
|5 June – Sukhumi|
|2 June – Sukhumi|
|Kurdistan Region||2 (6)|
|4 June – Sukhumi|
|2 June – Sukhumi|
|5 June – Sukhumi|
|United Koreans in Japan||1–1||Northern Cyprus|
|On Song-Tae 54'||Ünal Kaya 31'|
|2–4|| Esin Sonay
|Matteo Prandelli 22' (o.g.)
Jassim Mohammed Haji 25'
|Luca Ferri 13'
Marco Garavelli 71'
Kamaran Ali (?)
|6–7|| Matteo Prandelli
Luca Mosti (?)
Stefano Tignonsini (?)
Gianluca Rolandone (?)
|Tamaz Avolian 67'
Raffi Kaya 79'
|Amar Purewal 2', 36', 44'|
|Ruslan Shoniya 88'||Report||Amar Purewal 57'|
|6–5|| Amar Purewal
|ConIFA World Football Cup 2016 Winners|
|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
|Kurdistan Region||0–0||Western Armenia|
|5–6|| Hiraç Yagan
Placement Round 2
|United Koreans in Japan||1–1||Kurdistan Region|
|An Suug-Tae 90+5'||80'|
|7||United Koreans in Japan||5||1||2||2||4||7||−3||5|
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