2016 ConIFA World Football Cup

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2016 ConIFA World Football Cup
ConIFA WC-2016 logo.jpg
Tournament details
Host country  Abkhazia
Dates 29 May – 5 June
Teams 12
Venue(s) 2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Abkhazia (1st title)
Runners-up Sikh Empire Panjab
Third place  Northern Cyprus
Fourth place  Padania
Tournament statistics
Matches played 28
Goals scored 115 (4.11 per match)
Top scorer(s) Sikh Empire 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
Dinamo stadium sukhumi.jpg 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
Isle of Man 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
 Iraqi Kurdistan Asia Selected 9 January 2016 2nd 2014 6th Place (2014)
Sikh Empire Panjab Asia Selected 9 January 2016 1st N/A N/A
Korea United Koreans of 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 Western Armenia Europe Selected 9 January 2016 1st N/A N/A
Székely Land 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 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 Goal 18' (pen.)
Vladimir Argun Goal 19'
Dmitri Akhba Goal 34'
Albert Prus Goal 39'43'
Ruslan Shoniya Goal 47'57'
Astamur Tarba Goal 50'
Victor Pimpia Goal 88'
Report
Chagos Islands  0–12 Western Armenia Western Armenia
Report David Ghandilyan Goal 3'20'30'34'45'53'
Tamaz Avolian Goal 55'
Armen Kapikiyan Goal 58'81'
Ruslan Trapizoyan Goal 64'
Vahagn Militosyan Goal 69'
Hiraç Yagan Goal 73'
Western Armenia Western Armenia 0–1  Abkhazia
Dmitri Kortava Goal 9'

Group B[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Iraqi Kurdistan 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 6
Korea United Koreans of Japan 2 1 0 1 1 3 −2 3
Székely Land Székely Land 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0
Iraqi Kurdistan  3–0 Székely Land Székely Land
Farhang Wriya Goal 34'
Farhan Shakor Goal 55'
Hunar Ahmed Goal 73'
Report
United Koreans of Japan Korea 1–0 Székely Land Székely Land
Lee Son-Chon Goal 60'
United Koreans of Japan Korea 0–3  Iraqi Kurdistan
Report Diyar Rahman Goal 27'
Miran Khesro Goal 45' (pen)
Hunar Ahmad Goal 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 Goal 48' Report Ünal Kaya Goal 62'
Halil Turan Goal 67'
Raetia  0–6  Padania
Matteo Prandelli Goal 23'35'54'61'
Nicolo Mercorillo Goal 21'
Andrea Rota Goal 80'
Northern Cyprus  7–0  Raetia
Esin Sonay Goal 5'13'48'
Tansel Ekingen Goal 60'
Hüseyin Sadiklar Goal 73'
Halil Turan Goal 81'87'

Group D[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Sikh Empire 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 Goal 15'
Jarkko Lahdenmäki Goal 50'
Jon Steinar Eriksen Goal 60'
Stein Arne Mannsverk Goal 70'
Hans Åge Yndestad Goal 80'
Report
Sápmi  0–1 Sikh Empire Panjab
Report Gurjit Singh Goal 2'
Somaliland  0–5 Sikh Empire Panjab
Amar Purewal Goal 30'67'80'
Arjun Purewal Goal 38'
Gurjit Singh Goal 74'

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
1 June – Sukhumi        
 Korea United Koreans of Japan  1 (2)
4 June – Sukhumi
  Northern Cyprus  1 (4)  
  Northern Cyprus  0
1 June – Sukhumi
      Abkhazia  2  
  Abkhazia  2
5 June – Sukhumi
  Sápmi  0  
  Abkhazia  1 (6)
2 June – Sukhumi    
   Sikh Empire Panjab  1 (5)
  Iraqi Kurdistan  2 (6)
4 June – Sukhumi
  Padania  2 (7)  
  Padania  0 Third place
2 June – Sukhumi
     Sikh Empire Panjab  1   5 June – Sukhumi
 Western Armenia Western Armenia  2
  Padania  0
 Sikh Empire Panjab  3  
  Northern Cyprus  2
 

Quarter-Finals[edit]

United Koreans of Japan Korea 1–1  Northern Cyprus
On Song-Tae Goal 54' Ünal Kaya Goal 31'
Penalties
Kim Kwang-Woo Penalty missed
On Song-Tae Penalty scored
Kim Su-Yong Penalty scored
An Suug-Tae Penalty missed
2–4 Penalty scored Esin Sonay
Penalty scored Halil Turan
Penalty scored Ünal Kaya
Penalty scored Ibrahim Çıdamlı
Abkhazia  2–0  Sápmi
Dmitri Kortava Goal 35'73' (pen.)
Iraqi Kurdistan  2–2  Padania
Matteo Prandelli Goal 22' (o.g.)
Jassim Mohammed Haji Goal 25'
Luca Ferri Goal 13'
Marco Garavelli Goal 71'
Penalties
Kosrat Baiz Penalty missed
Kamaran Ali (?) Penalty scored
Khalid Mushir Penalty scored
Diyar Rahman Penalty scored
Farhan Shakor Penalty scored
Hunar Ahmad Penalty scored
(?) Penalty scored
Miran Khesro Penalty missed
6–7 Penalty scored Matteo Prandelli
Penalty scored Marco Garavelli
Penalty scored Alex Mazzocca
Penalty scored Luca Mosti (?)
Penalty missed Luca Ferri
Penalty scored Stefano Tignonsini (?)
Penalty scored Gianluca Rolandone (?)
Penalty scored Antonio Pizzolla
Western Armenia Western Armenia 2–3 Sikh Empire Panjab
Tamaz Avolian Goal 67'
Raffi Kaya Goal 79'
Amar Purewal Goal 2'36'44'

Semi-Finals[edit]

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

Third-Place Play-Off[edit]

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

Final[edit]

Abkhazia  1–1 Sikh Empire Panjab
Ruslan Shoniya Goal 88' Report Amar Purewal Goal 57'
Penalties
Anri Khagba Penalty scored
Anri Khagush Penalty missed
Dmitriy Akhba Penalty missed
Tarash Khagba Penalty scored
Ruslan Shoniya Penalty scored
Alan Khugaev Penalty scored
Shabat Logua Penalty scored
Vladimir Argun Penalty scored
6–5 Penalty scored Amar Purewal
Penalty scored Radjpal Virk
Penalty scored Terlochan Singh
Penalty missed Karum Shanker
Penalty missed Jhai Dhillon
Penalty scored Aran Basi
Penalty scored Amarvir Sandhu
Penalty missed 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 Western Armenia 6th Place
 Somaliland 3  Raetia 3 (3) Korea United Koreans of Japan 7th Place
2 June – Gagra 3 June - Gagra  Iraqi Kurdistan 8th Place
Székely Land Székely Land 7  Somaliland 3 Székely Land Székely Land 9th place
 Raetia 0 Székely Land Székely Land 10  Somaliland 10th place
3 June - Sukhumi 4 June - Gagra  Raetia 11th place
Korea United Koreans of Japan 1 Korea United Koreans of Japan 1 (4)  Chagos Islands 12th place
 Sápmi 2  Iraqi Kurdistan 1 (2)
3 June - Sukhumi 4 June - Gagra
 Iraqi Kurdistan 0 (5)  Sápmi 3
Western Armenia Western Armenia 0 (6) Western Armenia Western Armenia 0

Placement Round 1[edit]

Chagos Islands  2–3  Somaliland
Székely Land Székely Land 7–0  Raetia
United Koreans of Japan Korea 1–2  Sápmi
Kim Su-Yong Goal 2' Goal 9' (pen)
Goal 61'
Iraqi Kurdistan  0–0 Western Armenia Western Armenia
Penalties
Miran Khesro Penalty scored
Farhan Shakor Penalty scored
Hunar Ahmad Penalty missed
Farhang Wriya Penalty scored
Diyar Rahman Penalty scored
Aras Mustafa Penalty scored
Znar Faidhi Penalty missed
5–6 Penalty scored Hiraç Yagan
Penalty missed Raffi Kaya
Penalty scored Tamaz Avolian
Penalty scored Loris Berberian
Penalty scored Jules Tepelian
Penalty scored Herant Yagan
Penalty scored Denis Oz

Placement Round 2[edit]

Chagos Islands  3–3  Raetia
Penalties
Penalty missed
Penalty scored
Penalty scored
Penalty missed
2–4 Penalty scored
Penalty scored
Penalty scored
Penalty scored
Somaliland  3–10 Székely Land Székely Land
United Koreans of Japan Korea 1–1  Iraqi Kurdistan
An Suug-Tae Goal 90+5' Goal 80'
Penalties
Kim Su-Yong Penalty missed
An Suug-Tae Penalty scored
Kim Kwang-Woo Penalty scored
Huo Yang Penalty scored
Shin Yong-Ki Penalty scored
4–2 Penalty scored
Penalty missed
Penalty missed
Penalty scored
Sápmi  3–0 Western Armenia Western Armenia

Final Positions[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Looking back and moving forward!". ConIFA. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "European Football Cup 2015". ConIFA. Confederation of independent Football Associations. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ellan Vannin to host tournament at end of month". Yorkshire Evening Post. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Benedikt Fontana Cup". ConIFA. Confederation of Independent Football Associations. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Jockel, Jens (16 May 2015). "Signing of Team Aymara – Chile-Trip of our South America Director". ConIFA. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  6. ^ The official draw CONIFA World Football Cup 2016 (Video). ConIFA. 1 April 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Ellan Vannin set for new European adventure". IOM Today. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Replacement in ConIFA WFC 2016". Facebook. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "BREAKING!Sad news approached us from the Romani People Football Team". Facebook. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 

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