2018 CONIFA World Football Cup qualification

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2018 CONIFA World Football Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates6 January 2016 –
Teams23 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played50
Goals scored189 (3.78 per match)
Top scorer(s)Tamil Eelam Panushanth Kulenthiran (6 goals)
2016
2020

The 2018 CONIFA World Football Cup qualification was the process to decide a number of the teams that will play in the 2018 CONIFA World Football Cup. This is the second tournament to feature a qualification process, following on from the 2016 qualification. The first qualification match played was on 13 March 2016 between the Tamil Eelam team and the team representing the Romani people, with the first goal scored by Tamil Eelam's Panushanth Kulenthiran.

Background[edit]

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) was founded in June 2013, as an organisation to represent football associations that are not eligible or choose not to join FIFA.[1] One year later, it held its first official tournament, the 2014 ConIFA World Football Cup, in Sweden, to which the twelve participating teams were invited. The success of this tournament led to the decision to make it a biannual competition, with continental tournaments taking place in between, the first of which was the 2015 ConIFA European Football Cup.

ConIFA published a set of qualification criteria for the World Football Cup ahead of its 2017 Annual General Meeting, setting out the various methods in which teams could qualify for the WFC.[2] This was subsequently revised into an official version for publication in June 2017.[3]

  • Host – Barawa
  • World Football Cup Holder – Abkhazia
  • Wild Card – CONIFA's Executive Committee were required to give a Wild Card place to a team that has not yet qualified for the WFC no later than 9 months prior to the start of the tournament - this was given to Western Armenia. The Committee also had the right to issue a second Wild Card if approved by CONIFA's Annual General Meeting, which occurred and was given to Tibet.
  • Qualification tournament – Any member of CONIFA had the right to request that a tournament it hosts be sanctioned as a qualifier, providing it is held between 1 January of the year of the previous WFC, and 31 December of the year before the next WFC, and consists of at least four CONIFA members. The request to have the tournament sanctioned as a qualifier must be submitted at least two months prior to the start, and must be approved by CONIFA's Executive Committee. Three such tournaments were held, the ConIFA Challenger Cup, the Hungary Heritage Cup and the World Unity Cup 2016.
  • Continental tournament – If a ConIFA continental championship is held after the previous WFC, then a number of its participants qualify for the WFC; the total qualifiers is worked out by the number of participants in the tournament divided by 4. Only one such tournament was held, the ConIFA European Football Cup 2017 at which both the winner and runner-up qualified.
  • Qualification points – The remaining places (which numbered 8) were distributed according to the final positions in the various CONIFA continental rankings according to their accumulated ranking points, distributed by a system which rewarded playing matches against both CONIFA and other opponents. Where two or more teams from the same continental zone had the same number of qualification points, qualification was be determined by the CONIFA World Rankings.

CONIFA is split into six continental zones, with the total number of places in the World Football Cup based on the number of CONIFA members from each zone. As of December 2021, the distribution of places for the WFC, dependent on the size of the final tournament, is:[2]

No of finals spots Europe Asia Africa Oceania North America South America
12 5 3 2 1 1 0[a]
16 8 3 3 1 1

[a]: There were no South American members of ConIFA at the time of the tournament
The first qualifying process was undertaken for the 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup, which saw a series of friendly matches and tournaments, together with the 2015 ConIFA European Football Cup, designated as qualifiers for the 2016 WFC.[4][5][6] However, this decision was taken at a late stage prior to the start of the European Football Cup tournament, only a year prior to the planned start of the 2016 WFC in Abkhazia. As a consequence, for its 2018 WFC tournament, ConIFA began designating planned friendly matches as qualifiers from the beginning of 2016, allowing a greater time for those teams achieving qualification to plan for the tournament. The first of these was the ConIFA Challenger Cup, held in Remscheid on 12 and 13 March 2016.[7]

Qualified teams[edit]

Team Region Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Previous
appearance
Previous best
performance
Notes
 Tamil Eelam Asia ConIFA Challenger Cup winners 13 March 2016 2nd 2014 11th place (2014)
 Abkhazia Europe ConIFA World Football Cup Winners 6 June 2016 3rd 2016 Winners (2016)
Felvidek (Upper Hungary) football flag.png Felvidék Europe Hungary Heritage Cup winners 3 August 2016 1st N/A N/A
Flag of Western Armenia.svg Western Armenia Europe Wild Card 14 January 2017 2nd 2016 Quarter-Final (2016)
Flag of Ogaden National Liberation Front(2).svg Barawa Africa Host 8 June 2017 1st N/A N/A
 Tibet Asia Wild Card 8 June 2017 1st N/A N/A
 Kiribati Oceania Regional qualification 8 June 2017 1st N/A N/A
 Cascadia North America Regional qualification 8 June 2017 1st N/A N/A
 Padania Europe ConIFA European Football Cup Winners 10 June 2017 3rd 2016 4th Place (2016)
 Northern Cyprus Europe ConIFA European Football Cup Runners Up 10 June 2017 2nd 2016 3rd Place (2016)
Sikh Empire Panjab Asia Regional qualification 2 September 2017 2nd 2016 2nd Place (2016)
Korea United Koreans of Japan Asia Regional qualification 2 September 2017 2nd 2016 Quarter-Final (2016)
Matabeleland football flag.png Matabeleland Africa Regional qualification 2 September 2017 1st N/A N/A
Kabylie Kabylie Africa Regional qualification 2 September 2017 1st N/A N/A
Isle of Man Ellan Vannin Europe Regional qualification 2 September 2017 2nd 2014 2nd Place (2014)
Székely Land Székely Land Europe Regional qualification 2 September 2017 2nd 2016 Placement Round (2016)

Qualification[edit]

ConIFA Challenger Cup[edit]

The ConIFA Challenger Cup was a two team competition held over two days. The two participants, Tamil Eelam and Romani people, each played a 45-minute match against a local select side from the town of Remscheid, where the tournament was being held, on the first day, before playing off against each other on the second.[8]

13 March 2016 (2016-03-13) Final Tamil Eelam  4–1  Romani people Stadion Reinshagen, Remscheid, Germany
19:45 CET Kulenthiran Goal 17'90'
Sivanesamurthy Goal 23'
Navaneethakrishnan Goal 78'
Report Eyob Goal 82'
Note: Tamil Eelam qualify for WFC; Romani People – 3 qualifying points

Hungary Heritage Cup[edit]

The Hungary Heritage Cup was a four-team competition held at the beginning of August 2016 in Szarvas, celebrating the heritage of various members of the Hungarian diaspora. The four teams featured two current members of ConIFA, together with two other teams, with the winner qualifying for the World Football Cup.

1 August 2016 (2016-08-01) Semi-final Felvidék Felvidek (Upper Hungary) football flag.png 1–1
(5–4 p)
Flag of Transcarpathian Oblast.svg Kárpátalja Erzsébet-ligeti Sporttelep, Szarvas, Hungary
17:45 CEST Renczes Goal 30' Report ? Goal 42'
Note: Felvidek – 9 qualifying points; Kárpátalja – 3 qualifying points
1 August 2016 (2016-08-01) Semi-final Délvidék Zastava Osječko-baranjske županije.png 3–1 Flag of Szekely Land.svg Székely Land Erzsébet-ligeti Sporttelep, Szarvas, Hungary
15:00 CEST Mindlecz Goal 16'
Pozsár Goal 63'
Könyves Goal 77'
Report Bajkó Goal 78'
Note: Délvidék – 9 qualifying points; Székely Land – 3 qualifying points
3 August 2016 (2016-08-03) Final Délvidék Zastava Osječko-baranjske županije.png 1–2 Felvidek (Upper Hungary) football flag.png Felvidék Erzsébet-ligeti Sporttelep, Szarvas, Hungary
16:45 CEST Nagy Goal Report Érsek Goal
Magyar Goal
Note: Délvidék – 3 qualifying points; Felvidek qualify for WFC

World Unity Cup 2016[edit]

The World Unity Cup was planned as a four-team tournament held at the end of August 2016 in Sutton. The competition was organised jointly by three ConIFA members representing displaced peoples, with the winner qualifying for the World Football Cup.[9]

Subsequent to the announcement, both Darfur and Ellan Vannin withdrew, and the tournament was reorganized as a three-team event, with the Barawa team replacing them.[10]

25 August 2016 (2016-08-25) Group stage Barawa Flag of Ogaden National Liberation Front(2).svg 0–5  Tamil Eelam Borough Sports Ground, Sutton, England
18:00 BST Kasthuran Goal 28'
Jan Goal 30'
Navaneethakrishnan Goal 52'
Kulenthiran Goal 75'84'
Note: Barawa – 3 qualifying points; Tamil Eelam – N/A (already qualified for WFC)
26 August 2016 (2016-08-26) Group stage Barawa Flag of Ogaden National Liberation Front(2).svg 2–3  Chagos Islands Borough Sports Ground, Sutton, England
18:15 BST Sufi Goal Goal Bhujan Goal
Robertson Goal
Sooprayen Goal
Note: Chagos Islands – 9 qualifying points; Barawa – 3 qualifying points
27 August 2016 (2016-08-27) Group stage Chagos Islands  P–P  Tamil Eelam Borough Sports Ground, Sutton, England
19:30 BST
28 August 2016 (2016-08-28) Final Chagos Islands  1–5  Tamil Eelam Borough Sports Ground, Sutton, England
18:45 BST Gaspard Goal 48' Navaneethakrishnan Goal 4' (pen.)
Sivanesamurthy Goal 8'11'
Kulenthiran Goal 68'
Chandran Goal 70' (pen.)
Note: Chagos Islands – 3 qualifying points; Tamil Eelam – N/A (already qualified for WFC)

ConIFA European Football Cup 2017[edit]

The 2017 European Football Cup was announced in January 2017 with a total of eight teams due to take part. The winner of the competition was guaranteed a place at the World Football Cup.

Key to colours in group tables
Teams that advanced to the semi-finals

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Northern Cyprus (Q) 3 2 1 0 9 0 +9 7
 Abkhazia (Q) 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
 Kárpátalja 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4
 South Ossetia 3 0 0 3 2 14 −12 0
Source:[citation needed]
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
4 June 2017 Northern Cyprus  1–0 Flag of Transcarpathian Oblast.svg Kárpátalja Nicosia, N. Cyprus
20:00 EEST Mustafa Yasinses Goal Stadium: Atatürk Stadium
5 June 2017 Abkhazia  2–1  South Ossetia Kyrenia, N. Cyprus
20:00 EEST Dmitri Kortava Goal
Ruslan Shoniya Goal
Alan Kadjaev Goal Stadium: Mete Adanır Stadium
6 June 2017 South Ossetia  0–8  Northern Cyprus Kyrenia, N. Cyprus
20:00 EEST Mustafa Yasinses Goal
Ertaç Taşkıran Goal Goal Goal
İbrahim Çıdamlı Goal Goal
Halil Turan Goal (pen.)
Uğur Gök Goal
Stadium: Mete Adanır Stadium
6 June 2017 Kárpátalja Flag of Transcarpathian Oblast.svg 2–2  Abkhazia Nicosia, N. Cyprus
20:00 EEST David Robert Goal
Ohar Roman Goal
Anatoli Semyonov Goal Goal Stadium: Atatürk Stadium
7 June 2017 South Ossetia  1–4 Flag of Transcarpathian Oblast.svg Kárpátalja Famagusta, N. Cyprus
20:00 EEST Solsan Kochiev Goal Krisztián Mile Goal Goal
Zoltan Baksa Goal
Goal Kész Tibor Goal
Stadium: Dr. Fazıl Küçük Stadium

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Padania (Q) 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
 Székely Land (Q) 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
 Ellan Vannin 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
 Felvidék 3 1 0 2 1 3 −2 3
Source:[citation needed]
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
5 June 2017 Padania  1–0 Isle of Man Ellan Vannin Morphou, N. Cyprus
20:00 EEST Andrea Rota Goal Stadium: Üner Berkalp Stadium
5 June 2017 Felvidék Felvidek (Upper Hungary) football flag.png 1–0 Székelyzászló(SZNT).png Székely Land Famagusta, N. Cyprus
20:00 EEST Richard Krizan Goal Stadium: Dr. Fazıl Küçük Stadium
6 June 2017 Székely Land Székelyzászló(SZNT).png 1–1  Padania Famagusta, N. Cyprus
20:00 EEST László Szőcs Goal ? Goal (o.g.) Stadium: Dr. Fazıl Küçük Stadium
6 June 2017 Ellan Vannin Isle of Man 1–0 Felvidek (Upper Hungary) football flag.png Felvidék Morphou, N. Cyprus
20:00 EEST Chris Bass Goal Stadium: Üner Berkalp Stadium
7 June 2017 Ellan Vannin Isle of Man 2–4 Székelyzászló(SZNT).png Székely Land Kyrenia, N. Cyprus
20:00 EEST Ciaran McNulty Goal Goal Barna Bajko Goal Goal Goal Goal Stadium: Mete Adanır Stadium
7 June 2017 Padania  2–0 Felvidek (Upper Hungary) football flag.png Felvidék Nicosia, N. Cyprus
20:00 EEST Andrea Rota Goal
William Rosset Goal
Stadium: Atatürk Stadium

Knockout stages[edit]

9 June 2017 Semi-final 1 Northern Cyprus  2–1 Székelyzászló(SZNT).png Székely Land Atatürk Stadium, Nicosia, Northern Cyprus
20:00 EEST Serhan Önet Goal
Halil Turan Goal
Silion Petru Goal
9 June 2017 Semi-final 2 Padania  0–0
(6–5 p)
 Abkhazia Mete Adanır Stadium, Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus
20:00 EEST
10 June 2017 Final Northern Cyprus  1–1
(2–3 p)
 Padania Atatürk Stadium, Nicosia, Northern Cyprus
20:00 EEST Halil Turan Goal Ersid Pllumbaj Goal
Note: Padania and Northern Cyprus qualify for WFC

Qualification points standing[edit]

The following is a list of games not part of sanctioned ConIFA tournaments for which teams have accrued qualifying points:α

6 January 2016 (2016-01-06) Friendly Olympique de Marseille (CFA) 3–2 Western Armenia Western Armenia Stade Roger Lebert, Marseille, France
16:00 CET Vahagn Militosyan Goal Goal
Note: Western Armenia – 1 qualifying point
20 February 2016 (2016-02-20) Friendly Leicester City FC International Academy 2–2 Sikh Empire Panjab Belvoir Drive, Leicester, England
12:00 BST Rajpal Virk Goal
Aaron Minhas Goal
Note: Panjab – 2 qualifying points
20 March 2016 (2016-03-20) Friendly Manchester International Football Academy 1–9 Sikh Empire Panjab Salford Sports Village, Salford, England
13:00 BST Gurjit Singh Goal Goal Goal Goal
Terlochan Singh Goal Goal
Karum Shanker Goal
Amar Purewal Goal
Rio Riaz Goal
Note: Panjab – 3 qualifying points
24 April 2016 (2016-04-24) International Friendly Panjab Sikh Empire 0–2  Jersey Aggborough Stadium, Kidderminster, England
15:00 BST
Note: Panjab – 2 qualifying points
16 May 2016 (2016-05-16) International Friendly Romani people  0–2  Padania Arena Civica, Milan, Italy
21:00 CET Andrea Rota Goal
William Rosset Goal
Note: Padania – 9 qualifying points; Romani People – 3 qualifying points
19 May 2016 (2016-05-19) International Friendly Abkhazia  0–0 Donetsk People's Republic Donetsk PR Dinamo Stadium, Sukhumi, Abkhazia
20:00 GET
Note: Donetsk PR – 6 qualifying points; Abkhazia – N/A (already qualified for WFC)
19 June 2016 (2016-06-19) 2016 Europeada Group C Carinthian Slovenes Carinthia 0–1 Felvidek (Upper Hungary) football flag.png Felvidék St Johann, Ahrntal, Italy
15:00 CET Kalmar Lajos Goal
Note: Felvidék – 6 qualifying points
19 June 2016 (2016-06-19) 2016 Europeada Group D Occitania  4–1 Aromanian flag.svg Aromanians Sporthalle-Palasport, Sand in Taufers, Italy
15:00 CET Mathieu Irigoyemboyde Goal
Quentin Chalut Natal Goal
Guillaume Lafuente Goal Goal
Note: Occitania – 6 qualifying points
19 June 2016 (2016-06-19) 2016 Europeada Group E South Tyrol Flag of South Tyrol.svg 3–0 Isle of Man Ellan Vannin Sommersportzone, Olang, Italy
15:00 CET
Note: Ellan Vannin – 2 qualifying points
20 June 2016 (2016-06-20) 2016 Europeada Group C Sorbs Flag of Sorbs.svg 2–2 Felvidek (Upper Hungary) football flag.png Felvidék Waldstadion, Mühlwald, Italy
16:00 CET Simon Sauer Goal
Peter Domaschke Goal
Renàto Meszlènyi Goal
Mèszàros Dàvid Goal
Note: Felvidék – 4 qualifying points
20 June 2016 (2016-06-20) 2016 Europeada Group E Ellan Vannin Isle of Man 2–3 Nordfriesischeflagge.svg North Frisians Fussballplatz, Niederdorf, Italy
16:00 CET Furo Davies Goal Goal
Note: Ellan Vannin – 2 qualifying points
20 June 2016 (2016-06-20) 2016 Europeada Group D Occitania  4–1 Coat of arms of Slovakia.svg Slovaks in Hungary St Johann, Ahrntal, Italy
18:30 CET Mickael Bertini Goal
Boris Massarè Goal
Mathieu Irigoyemborde Goal
Mickael Bertini Goal
Note: Occitania – 6 qualifying points
21 June 2016 (2016-06-21) 2016 Europeada Group C North Schleswig Germans Schleswig-Holstein 0–10 Felvidek (Upper Hungary) football flag.png Felvidék Sporthalle-Palasport, Sand in Taufers, Italy
16:00 CET Nemeth Zoli Goal
Renato Meszlenyi Goal Goal
Lajos Kalmar Goal
György Pragai Goal
David Zoller Goal Goal
Jozsef Katona Goal
David Meszaros Goal
Note: Felvidék – 6 qualifying points
21 June 2016 (2016-06-21) 2016 Europeada Group E Ellan Vannin Isle of Man 2–0 Flagge Preußen - Provinz Oberschlesien.svg Germans in Upper Silesia Sommersportzone, Olang, Italy
16:00 CET Frank Jones Goal
Sean Doyle Goal
Note: Ellan Vannin – 6 qualifying points
21 June 2016 (2016-06-21) 2016 Europeada Group D Occitania  1–1 Bandera danesos Slesvig Sud.svg Danes in Germany Waldstadion, Mühlwald, Italy
18:30 CET Pierre Barremaecker Goal
Note: Occitania – 4 qualifying points
23 June 2016 (2016-06-23) 2016 Europeada QF Occitania  0–0
(5–3 p)
Felvidek (Upper Hungary) football flag.png Felvidék Sommersportzone, Olang, Italy
18:00 CET
Note: Occitania – 9 qualifying points; Felvidek – 3 qualifying points
23 June 2016 (2016-06-23) 2016 Europeada SF Occitania  A–A Flag of the Croat minority in Serbia and Montenegro.svg Croats in Serbia Ciamp dal sport Pradel, San Martin de Tor, Italy
15:30 CET
Note: Match abandoned after 41 minutes; Occitania awarded 3–0 victory;[11] Occitania – 6 qualifying points
25 June 2016 (2016-06-25) 2016 Europeada Final South Tyrol Flag of South Tyrol.svg 2–1  Occitania Sporthalle-Palasport, Sand in Taufers, Italy
16:00 CET Brice Martinez Goal
Note: Occitania – 2 qualifying points
7 August 2016 (2016-08-07) Friendly Barawa Flag of Ogaden National Liberation Front(2).svg 1–5 Cricklewood Wanderers FC Silver Jubilee Stadium, London, England
14:30 BST
Note: Barawa – 1 qualifying point
13 August 2016 (2016-08-13) International Friendly Donetsk PR Donetsk People's Republic 1–1 Luhansk People's Republic Luhansk PR Metallurg Stadium, Yenakiyevo, Donetsk People's Republic
20:00 EEST Vladislav Klyuyev Goal Valeriy Titarenko Goal
Note: Donetsk PR – 6 qualifying points; Luhansk PR – 6 qualifying points
28 August 2016 (2016-08-28) Friendly Barawa Flag of Ogaden National Liberation Front(2).svg 3–2 Tamil Eelam UK Tamil XI Borough Sports Ground, Sutton, England
16:00 BST
Note: Barawa – 3 qualifying points
25 October 2016 (2016-10-25) Friendly Östersunds FK Academy 1–6  Darfur Jämtkraft Arena, Östersund, Sweden
20:00 CEST
Note: Darfur – 3 qualifying points
26 November 2016 (2016-11-26) International Friendly Ryūkyū 0–9 Korea United Koreans of Japan Gosamaru Field, Nakagusuku, Japan
12:00 JST Anne-Sung Tae Goal Goal Goal
Yuuki Gomi Goal Goal
Lee Seong-cheol Goal
Kang Awe Goal
Akimoto Kaijin Goal
Lee Yoshiaki Goal
Note: United Koreans of Japan – 9 qualifying points; Ryūkyū – 3 qualifying points
4 March 2017 (2017-03-04) Friendly Leicester City FC International Academy 4–3 Sikh Empire Panjab Belvoir Drive, Leicester, England
13:00 GMT
Note: Panjab – 1 qualifying point
12 March 2017 (2017-03-12) International Friendly Raetia  0–5  Tamil Eelam Sportplatz Gufalons, Trübbach, Switzerland
13:00 CET Panushanth Kulenthiran Goal Goal
Ragvan Prashanth Goal
Prabashan Goal
? Goal
Note: Raetia – 3 qualifying points; Tamil Eelam – N/A (already qualified for WFC)
9 April 2017 (2017-04-09) Friendly Barawa Flag of Ogaden National Liberation Front(2).svg 4–3 Tokyngton Harvest FC Coles Park Stadium, London, England
18:45 BST
Note: Barawa – 3 qualifying points
23 April 2017 (2017-04-23) International Friendly Jersey  0–2 Sikh Empire Panjab Springfield Stadium, Saint Helier, Jersey
12:45 BST Amar Purewal Goal
Amarvir Sandhu Goal
Note: Panjab – 6 qualifying points
6 May 2017 (2017-05-06) Friendly Peckham Town FC 4–0  Somaliland Menace Arena, London, England
15:00 BST
Note: Somaliland – 1 qualifying point
6 May 2017 (2017-05-06) Friendly Occitania  2–2 Sélection Quartiers Stade Borderouge, Toulouse, France
17:00 CET
Note: Occitania – 2 qualifying points
27 May 2017 (2017-05-27) Friendly Stockport Town FC 0–7 Isle of Man Ellan Vannin Stockport Sports Village, Woodley, England
14:30 BST Sean Doyle Goal Goal
Ste Whitley Goal
Dan Simpson Goal
Sean Quaye Goal
Liam Cowin Goal
? Goal (o.g.)
Note: Ellan Vannin – 3 qualifying points
28 May 2017 (2017-05-28) International Friendly Panjab Sikh Empire 1–2 England England "C" Damson Park, Solihull, England
15:00 BST Rajpal Virk Goal
Note: Panjab – 2 qualifying points
3 June 2017 (2017-06-03) Friendly Rodez AF 2–2  Occitania Stade Paul Ligon, Rodez, France
18:00 CET
Note: Occitania – 2 qualifying points
17 June 2017 (2017-06-17) Friendly Western Sahara  3–3 United Nations UN Select XI Local Field, Tindouf, Algeria
18:00 AST Mohamed Boglaida Goal Goal
Hamid Mohammed Goal
Note: Western Sahara – 2 qualifying points
25 June 2017 (2017-06-25) 2017 Island Games Group B Greenland  3–0  Western Isles Gutavallen, Visby, Sweden
17:00 CEST Niels Svane Goal
Nukannguaq Zeeb Goal
Johan Bistrup Goal
Note: Greenland – 6 qualifying points
26 June 2017 (2017-06-26) 2017 Island Games Group B Frøya  2–2  Greenland Fardhem IP, Hemse, Sweden
17:00 CEST Norsaq Lund Mathæussen Goal
Malik Juhl Goal
Note: Greenland – 4 qualifying points
27 June 2017 (2017-06-27) 2017 Island Games Group B Gotland  0–1  Greenland Visborgsvallen, Visby, Sweden
17:00 CEST Norsaq Lund Mathæussen Goal
Note: Greenland – 6 qualifying points
29 June 2017 (2017-06-29) 2017 Island Games SF Greenland  1–1
(3–1 p)
 Menorca Björkome IP, Väskinde, Sweden
13:00 CEST Malik Juhl Goal
Note: Greenland – 4 qualifying points
30 June 2017 (2017-06-30) 2017 Island Games Final Greenland  0–6 Isle of Man Isle of Man Gutavallen, Visby, Sweden
13:00 CEST
Note: Greenland – 2 qualification points
10 December 2017 (2017-12-10) International Friendly Matabeleland Matabeleland football flag.png v  Darfur

As of December 2021:[12]

Key: Qualification for WFC
Ranking Europe Asia Africa North America Oceania Qualification points
Opposition Factor (OF) Result Factor (RF)
1 Isle of Man Flag.jpg Ellan Vannin (52 pts) Unification flag of Korea.svg United Koreans of Japan (27 pts) Kabylie (30 pts) Flag of Cascadia.svg Cascadia (0 pts)

 Quebec (0 pts)

Flag of Kiribati.svg Kiribati (0 pts)

 Tuvalu (0 pts)

ConIFA Member = 3 Win = 3
2 Flag of Szekely Land.svg Szekely Land (39 pts) Panjab football flag.png Panjab (18 pts) Matabeleland football flag.png Matabeleland (30 pts) Other international opposition = 2 Draw = 2
3 Flag of Transcarpathian Oblast.svg Kárpátalja (36 pts) Flag of Kurdistan.png Iraqi Kurdistan (15 pts) Flag of Somaliland.svg Somaliland (30 pts) Any other opposition = 1 Loss = 1
4 Flag of Occitania.svg Occitania (34 pts) Ryūkyū (3 pts) Islas chagos.png Chagos Islands (18 pts) Points for a single match = OF × RF
5 Flag of Greenland.png Greenland (32 pts) ArameanFlag.png Arameans Suryoye (0 pts)

Kokbayraq flag.svg Uyghurs (0 pts)

Lezgian flag.svg Lezgians (0 pts)

Rohingya flag.png Rohingya (0 pts)

Flag of Tibet.svg Tibet (0 pts)

Flag of Darfur.svg Darfur (5 pts)
  • Matches played in WFC do not count towards qualification points totals.
  • Only the first two matches between teams accrue points.
  • Additional matches are only considered if played as part of a tournament.
  • Only the ten matches where a team accrued the most points are considered.
  • If a member hosts a continental championship during the qualifying period,
    it receives additional points (number of participants × 3).
6 Flag of Donetsk People's Republic.svg Donetsk PR (21 pts) Flag of Western Sahara.png Western Sahara (2 pts)
7 Zastava Osječko-baranjske županije.png Delvidek (15 pts) Flag tz-sansibar 2005.png Zanzibar (0 pts)

Barotseland Royal Flag.jpg Barotseland (0 pts)

8 Flag of South Ossetia.svg South Ossetia (12 pts)
9 Flag of Raetia.svg Raetia (9 pts)
10 Flag of the Lugansk People's Republic (Official).svg Luhansk PR (6 pts)
11 Flag of the Romani people.svg Romani people (6 pts)
12 Comte de Nice flag.svg County of Nice (3 pts)
13 Flag of Western Armenia.svg Western Armenia (1 pt)
14 Flagge franken.svg Franconia (0 pts)

Flag of Helgoland.svg Heligoland (0 pts)

Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco (0 pts)

Flag of Artsakh.svg Nagorno-Karabakh (0 pts)

Sami flag large.png Sapmi (0 pts)

Skånska flaggan.svg Skåneland (0 pts)

Flag of Transnistria (state).svg Transnistria (0 pts)

ConIFA World Rankings
1.  Occitania
2. Sikh Empire Panjab
3.  Northern Cyprus
4.  County of Nice
5.  Abkhazia
6.  Kurdistan Region
7.  Greenland
8.  Arameans Suryoye
9.  Padania
10. Isle of Man Ellan Vannin
11.  Artsakh
12.  Quebec
13.  Zanzibar
14.  Sápmi
15. Korea United Koreans of Japan
16. Luhansk People's Republic Luhansk PR
17. Székelyzászló(SZNT).png Székely Land
Western Armenia Western Armenia
19.  Tamil Eelam
20.  Monaco
21. Felvidek (Upper Hungary) football flag.png Felvidék
22.  Romani people
23. Franconia Franconia
24.  South Ossetia
25.  Somaliland
26.  Chagos Islands
27.  Raetia
28.  Kiribati
29.  Darfur
30.  Tibet

:1. Teams that have already qualified no longer accrue qualification points

Wild Card[edit]

In May 2017, CONIFA announced on its website that five of its members had completed the necessary process to be considered for the WFC Wild Card place by the deadline of 2 May 2017. The wild card spot was decided at the CONIFA Executive Committee meeting, held during the European Football Cup in Northern Cyprus. The five teams under consideration were:[13]

Team Zone
 Darfur Africa
 Western Sahara
 Kiribati Oceania
 Tuvalu
 Tibet Asia

At the Executive Committee meeting, held in Northern Cyprus on 8 June 2017, Tibet were awarded the Wild Card place.

Top goalscorers[edit]

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

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