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2018 CONIFA World Football Cup
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Tournament details
Host countryBarawa Barawa (official)
 England (location)
Dates31 May – 9 June
Teams16
Venue(s)10 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Kárpátalja (1st title)
Runners-up Northern Cyprus
Third place Padania
Fourth place Székely Land
Tournament statistics
Matches played41
Goals scored158 (3.85 per match)
Top scorer(s)Panjab Kamaljit Singh (6 goals)
2016
2020

The 2018 CONIFA World Football Cup was the third 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 Barawa Football Association, with all games held in and around London.[1] After being a late entry to the tournament, Kárpátalja won their first title on 9 June 2018, defeating Northern Cyprus 3–2 on penalties on the final.

Host selection[edit]

In June 2017, at the CONIFA meeting held during the 2017 CONIFA European Football Cup, it was announced that the Barawa Football Association had been selected to act as the host for the 2018 CONIFA World Football Cup. However, under CONIFA's criteria, the "host" is the CONIFA member that heads the organising committee for the tournament, which does not necessarily mean that it needs to be played in the host's territory.[2] Barawa is located in Somalia, but the Barawa FA represents members of the Somali diaspora in England.[3]

Venues[edit]

The first two CONIFA World Football Cup tournaments both featured no more than two venues each; the 2014 tournament featured all games played at the same stadium, while the 2016 edition had a stadium in each of two cities. The expansion from twelve to sixteen participants in 2018 saw a significant expansion in the number of venues used, with a total of ten selected in four separate towns and cities - of these, seven were located in Greater London itself, two were in the towns of Slough and Bracknell in Berkshire, and one in the borough of Thurrock in Essex.

Greater London
Sutton Bromley Enfield Haringey
Gander Green Lane Hayes Lane Queen Elizabeth II Stadium Coles Park
Capacity: 5,000 Capacity: 5,000 Capacity: 2,500 Capacity: 2,500
Gander green lane.JPG Hayes Lane Stadium (geograph 3359000).jpg Queen Elizabeth Stadium Enfield Town.jpg Coles Park football ground, White Hart Lane, Tottenham - geograph.org.uk - 166913.jpg
Greater London Greater London
Carshalton Rotherhithe
Colston Avenue St Paul's Sports Ground
Capacity: 5,000 Capacity: 1,000
Carshalton Athletic Football Club - geograph.org.uk - 486132.jpg St Paul's Sports Ground, Rotherhithe.jpg
Greater London Essex
Bedfont Aveley
Bedfont Recreation Ground Parkside
Capacity: 3,000 Capacity: 3,500
2018-06-03 Conifa Bedfont.jpg Aveley FC main stand.jpg
Berkshire
Bracknell Slough
Larges Lane Arbour Park
Capacity: 2,500 Capacity: 2,000
Arbour Park 2017.jpg

Qualification[edit]

CONIFA WFC 2018 teams

The process of qualification for the World Football Cup was originally laid out in a set of criteria published by CONIFA at its 2017 annual general meeting, which goes into the various ways by which teams can qualify.[4] This was subsequently revised by CONIFA in June 2017.[5]

  • Host - Providing at least 10 places are available for other qualifiers, then all hosts will qualify automatically. If there are less than 10 other places available, then the number of automatic host places is calculated by the total number of places in the tournament minus 10.
  • World Football Cup Holder - The current holder of the World Football Cup qualifies automatically.
  • Wild Card - CONIFA's Executive Committee issues 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. The Committee also has the right to issue a second Wild Card if approved by CONIFA's Annual General Meeting.
  • Qualification tournament - Any member of CONIFA has 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.
  • 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.
  • Qualification points - Remaining places are distributed according to the final positions in the various CONIFA continental rankings according to their accumulated ranking points. If two or more teams have the same number of qualification points, qualification will be determined by the CONIFA World Rankings.
Qualification points
Opposition Factor (OF) Result Factor (RF)
CONIFA Member = 3 Win = 3
Other international
opposition = 2
Draw = 2
Any other opposition = 1 Defeat = 1
Points for a single match = OF × RF
  • 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).

By the criteria set out, the qualification process began in January 2016, when Western Armenia played its first official game against the reserve team of the French club Olympique de Marseille.[6] The first team to qualify automatically was Tamil Eelam, by winning the single match CONIFA Challenger Cup against the Romani people in March 2016. Following this, two further, multi-team competitions were awarded qualification status by CONIFA, the Hungary Heritage Cup, played between four CONIFA members representing the Hungarian diaspora, and the World Unity Cup, which was a tournament containing teams representing a number of displaced peoples.[7] The winners of both of these tournaments were guaranteed qualification for the World Football Cup.

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 Placement round (2014)
 Abkhazia Europe ConIFA World Football Cup winners 6 June 2016 3rd 2016 Winners (2016)
 Felvidék Europe Hungary Heritage Cup winners 3 August 2016 1st N/A N/A Subsequently withdrew
 Western Armenia Asia Wild card 14 January 2017 2nd 2016 Quarter-final (2016)
 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 Subsequently withdrew
 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)
 Panjab Asia Regional qualification 2 September 2017 2nd 2016 2nd place (2016)
 United Koreans in Japan Asia Regional qualification 2 September 2017 2nd 2016 Quarter-final (2016)
 Matabeleland Africa Regional qualification 2 September 2017 1st N/A N/A
 Kabylia Africa Regional qualification 2 September 2017 1st N/A N/A
 Ellan Vannin Europe Regional qualification 2 September 2017 2nd 2014 2nd place (2014)
 Székely Land Europe Regional qualification 2 September 2017 2nd 2016 Placement round (2016)
 Tuvalu Oceania Replacement 7 March 2018 1st N/A N/A Replaced Kiribati
 Kárpátalja Europe Replacement 4 May 2018 1st N/A N/A Replaced Felvidék

Draw[edit]

In December 2017, the sixteen participating teams were seeded into four pots of four for the group stage draw, based on the ConIFA rankings. The draw for the group stage was held on 6 January 2018 in Northern Cyprus.[8][9]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Withdrawals[edit]

In March 2018, ConIFA announced that, owing to financial difficulties, the Kiribati team had been forced to withdraw from the tournament, with their place taken by Tuvalu.[10] In May 2018, it was announced that the Felvidék team had withdrawn, to be replaced by Kárpátalja.[11]

Squads[edit]

Referees[edit]

ConIFA announced a total of 28 referees for the tournament, led by former Premier League official Mark Clattenburg.[12] During the tournament, referees used a third card in addition to the red and yellow; the green card, introduced as a concept by the tournament sponsor Paddy Power, was issued to players either for dissent or diving; a player given a green card was required to be substituted immediately.[12]

Matches[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Key to colours in group tables
Team advanced to the quarter-finals
Team in the placement rounds

Group A[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Barawa 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 6
 Cascadia 3 2 0 1 9 5 +4 6
 Ellan Vannin 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
 Tamil Eelam 3 0 0 3 0 12 −12 0
Ellan Vannin 4–1 Cascadia
Whitley Goal 15'
Jones Goal 41'
Caine Goal 62'
McVey Goal 70'
Report Doughty Goal 18'
Referee: Ivan Mrkalj
Barawa 4–0 Tamil Eelam
Sambou Goal 17'
Lucien Goal 30' (pen.)80' (pen.)
Crichlow Goal 43'
Report

Barawa 1–2 Cascadia
Bettamer Goal 9' Report Doughty Goal 35'
Morales Goal 45+1'
Referee: Utku Hamamcioglu
Ellan Vannin 2–0 Tamil Eelam
Whitley Goal 47'
Caine Goal 57'
Report
Referee: Mario Guastafierro

Barawa 2–0 Ellan Vannin
Bettamer Goal 40'
Ismail Goal 56'
Report
Referee: Ivan Mrkalj
Tamil Eelam 0–6 Cascadia
Report Nouble Goal 10' (pen.)87'
Hayden-Smith Goal 32'71'
Farkas Goal 69'
Ferguson Goal 89'

Group B[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Kárpátalja 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 7
 Northern Cyprus 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2 5
 Abkhazia 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
 Tibet 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
Abkhazia 3–0 Tibet
Akhvlediani Goal 12'
Maskayev Goal 61'
Shoniya Goal 77'
Report
Referee: Raymond Mashamba

Abkhazia 0–2 Kárpátalja
Report Gajdos Goal 11'
I. Sándor Goal 90+8'
Referee: Dmitrii Zhukov
Northern Cyprus 3–1 Tibet
Turan Goal 2'67'
Gök Goal 73'
Report Topgyal Goal 38'
Referee: John McCallum

Abkhazia 2–2 Northern Cyprus
Maskayev Goal 21'
Argun Goal 90' (pen.)
Report Kaya Goal 27'
Oshan Goal 77'
Referee: Dmitrii Zhukov
Kárpátalja 5–1 Tibet
Gajdos Goal 2'
G. Sándor Goal 36' (pen.)
Takács Goal 42'77'
Svedjuk Goal 75'
Report Yougyal Goal 69'
Referee: Raymond Mashamba

Group C[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Padania 3 3 0 0 17 2 +15 9
 Székely Land 3 2 0 1 10 3 +7 6
 Matabeleland 3 1 0 2 4 12 −8 3
 Tuvalu 3 0 0 3 1 15 −14 0
Székely Land 4–0 Tuvalu
Bajkó Goal 23'63'68'
Magyari Goal 75'
Report
Padania 6–1 Matabeleland
Innocenti Goal 10'45'
Piantoni Goal 39'42'
Rosset Goal 60'
Rota Goal 61'
Report Ndlela Goal 78'

Székely Land 5–0 Matabeleland
Fülöp Goal 31' (pen.)
Györgyi Goal 40'
Magyari Goal 42'54'
Hodgyai Goal 90+1'
Report
Referee: Igor Gorshkov
Padania 8–0 Tuvalu
Corno Goal 8'12'38'
Ravasi Goal 17'
Valente Goal 32'44'89'
Rosset Goal 71'
Report
Referee: Raymond Mashamba

Padania 3–1 Székely Land
Rolandone Goal 19'
Innocenti Goal 27'
Pllumbaj Goal 45'
Report Szőcs Goal 90'
Referee: Fehim Dayı
Tuvalu 1–3 Matabeleland
Timuani Goal 27' Report S. Ndlovu Goal 25'38'
Mlalazi Goal 90+1' (pen.)
Referee: Clément Auclair

Group D[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Western Armenia 3 2 1 0 5 0 +5 7
 Panjab 3 1 1 1 9 2 +7 4
 United Koreans in Japan 3 0 3 0 1 1 0 3
 Kabylia 3 0 1 2 0 12 −12 1
United Koreans in Japan 0–0 Western Armenia
Report
Referee: Fehim Dayı
Panjab 8–0 Kabylia
Sandhu Goal 24'53'
Purewal Goal 45'62'
G. Singh Goal 51' (pen.)90+3'
K. Singh Goal 75'82'
Report

United Koreans in Japan 0–0 Kabylia
Report
Referee: Leon Dastych
Panjab 0–1 Western Armenia
Report Militosyan Goal 14'
Referee: Kristian Michel

Panjab 1–1 United Koreans in Japan
Purewal Goal 77' (pen.) Report Mun Goal 90+4'
Referee: David Murphy
Western Armenia 4–0 Kabylia
Mosoyan Goal 23'
Valenza-Berberian Goal 61'87'
Militosyan Goal 89'
Report
Referee: Massimo Amitrano

Knockout stage[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
5 June – Sutton
 
 
 Barawa0
 
7 June – Carshalton
 
 Northern Cyprus8
 
 Northern Cyprus3
 
5 June – Bracknell
 
 Padania2
 
 Padania2
 
9 June – Enfield
 
 Panjab0
 
 Northern Cyprus0 (2)
 
5 June – Sutton
 
 Kárpátalja0 (3)
 
 Kárpátalja3
 
7 June – Carshalton
 
 Cascadia1
 
 Kárpátalja4
 
5 June – Bromley
 
 Székely Land 2 Third place
 
 Western Armenia 0
 
9 June – Enfield
 
 Székely Land4
 
 Padania0 (5)
 
 
 Székely Land 0 (4)
 

Quarter-Finals[edit]

Barawa 0–8 Northern Cyprus
Report Gök Goal 15'80'
Önet Goal 51'
Turan Goal 54'69'
Ali Goal 58' (o.g.)
Mehmet Goal 84'
Osman Goal 88'
Referee: Ivan Mrki

Padania 2–0 Panjab
Innocenti Goal 59' (pen.)
Pavan Goal 90'
Report
Referee: Vitalii Mazin

Kárpátalja 3–1 Cascadia
Gyürki Goal 49'
Takács Goal 59'
Gadjos Goal 87' (pen.)
Report Haddadi Goal 80'
Referee: Fehim Dayı

Western Armenia 0–4 Székely Land
Report Tankó Goal 36'
Csizmadia Goal 61'
L. Fülöp Goal 65'
Bajkó Goal 86'
Referee: Givi Todua

Semi-Finals[edit]

Northern Cyprus 3–2 Padania
Mehmet Goal 36'84'
Turan Goal 80'
Report Ravasi Goal 30'
Pavan Goal 47'
Referee: Dmitrii Zhukov

Kárpátalja 4–2 Székely Land
Toma Goal 36'57'
Gyürki Goal 75' (pen.)
Peres Goal 90+1'
Report Csizmadia Goal 77'
Bajkó Goal 79'

Third-Place Play-Off[edit]

Padania 0–0 Székely Land
Report
Penalties
5–4
Referee: Utku Hamamcioglu

Final[edit]

Northern Cyprus 0–0 Kárpátalja
Report
Penalties
Mehmet Penalty missed
Kurt Penalty missed
Oshan Penalty scored
Ersalan Penalty scored
Turan Penalty missed
2–3 Penalty scored Gyürki
Penalty scored Toma
Penalty missed Baksa
Penalty missed I. Sándor
Penalty scored Svedjuk


 ConIFA World Football Cup 2018 Winners 

Kárpátalja
First title

Placement Rounds[edit]

Placement Round 1[edit]

Ellan Vannin [note 1]
0–3
Awarded
 Tibet
Report
Referee: Mario Guastafierro

Matabeleland 0–0 Kabylia
Report
Penalties
P. Ndlovu Penalty scored
Mlalazi Penalty missed
G. Ndlovu Penalty scored
George Penalty missed
Nkomo Penalty scored
Sthamburi Penalty missed
3–4 Penalty scored Belalsa
Penalty missed
Penalty missed Hadid
Penalty scored
Penalty scored
Penalty scored Mezaib
Referee: Kristian Michel

Abkhazia 6–0 Tamil Eelam
Akhvlediani Goal 40'71'
Logua Goal 63'
Shoniya Goal 74'88'
Tarba Goal 83'
Report
Referee: Karl Parker

United Koreans in Japan 5–0 Tuvalu
Taniyama Goal 18'
Lee Goal 20'58'
Shin Goal 23'
Mun Goal 83'
Report
Referee: Leon Dastych

Placement Round 2[edit]

Ellan Vannin [note 2]0–3
Awarded
 Matabeleland
Report

Tamil Eelam 4–3 Tuvalu
Ragavan Goal 7'86'90+1'
Perananthan Goal 90+4'
Report Petoa Goal 3'73'
Vailine Goal 55'
Referee: Leon Dastych

Tibet 1–8 Kabylia
Topgyal Goal 43' (pen.) Report Baudia Goal 25'74'77'87'
Hadid Goal 45'
Mezaib Goal 49'51'
Bouabbas Goal 81'
Referee: Clément Auclair

Abkhazia 2–0 United Koreans in Japan
Akhvlediani Goal 38'
Kogoniya Goal 78'
Report
Referee: Zekai Tore

Barawa 0–5 Panjab
Report K. Singh Goal 8'65'72'90+2'
Minhas Goal 46'
Referee: David Murphy

Cascadia 4–0 Western Armenia
Ferguson Goal 24'62'
Oldham Goal 54'
Farkas Goal 79'
Report
Referee: Ivan Mrkalj

Placement Round 3[edit]


Matabeleland 1–0 Tamil Eelam
Ndlela Goal 81' Report
Referee: Vitalii Mazin

Tibet 1–1 United Koreans in Japan
Yougyal Goal 20' Report Gelek Goal 84' (o.g.)
Penalties
1–4

Kabylia 0–2 Abkhazia
Report Logua Goal 29'
Zhanaa Goal 56'
Referee: Kristian Michel

Barawa 0–7 Western Armenia
Report Goal ?' Norik Hovsepyan
Goal ?' David Hovsepyan
Goal ?' Artur Yedigaryan
Goal ?' Fabrice Guzel
Goal ?' Zaven Varjabetyan
Goal ?' Vahagn Militosyan
Goal ?' Arman Mosoyan
Referee: Leon Dastych

Panjab 3–3 Cascadia
Virk Goal 18'
Minhas Goal 24'34'
Report Morales Goal 45'
Ferguson Goal 54'60'
Penalties
Purewal Penalty missed
Zia Penalty missed
Virk Penalty scored
Dhillon Penalty scored
K. Singh Penalty scored
Jung Penalty scored
4–3 Penalty missed Riley
Penalty missed Gregory
Penalty scored J. Wilson
Penalty scored Oldham
Penalty scored Haddadi
Penalty missed Levock
Referee: Mariano Sasso

Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

6 goals
  • Panjab Kamaljit Singh
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Final positions[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Kárpátalja 6 4 2 0 15 5 +10
2  Northern Cyprus 6 3 3 0 17 6 +11
3  Padania 6 4 1 1 21 5 +16
4  Székely Land 6 3 1 2 16 7 +9
5  Panjab 6 2 2 2 17 7 +10
6  Cascadia 6 3 1 2 17 11 +6
7  Western Armenia 6 3 1 2 12 8 +4
8  Barawa 6 2 0 4 7 22 -15
9  Abkhazia 6 4 1 1 15 4 +11
10  Kabylia 6 1 1 4 8 15 -7
11  United Koreans in Japan 6 1 4 1 7 4 +3
12  Tibet 5 0 1 4 4 20 -16
13  Matabeleland 5 2 1 2 5 12 -7
14  Tamil Eelam 6 1 0 5 4 22 -18
15  Tuvalu 5 0 0 5 4 24 -20
16  Ellan Vannin1 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3

1: Ellan Vannin withdrew from the competition after the group stage.

Player awards[edit]

Three individual awards were handed out by ConIFA at the conclusion of the tournament:[13]

  • Paddy Power Player of the Tournament: Kárpátalja Béla Fejér
  • ConIFA Golden Boot: Panjab Kamaljit Singh
  • Global FCE Young Player of the Tournament: Kabylie Sami Boudia

As winner of Young Player of the Tournament, Sami Boudia was offered a one month residency at one of the Global Football Centre Of Excellence's academies.

Marketing[edit]

Tournament programme[edit]

A programme for the entire tournament was produced, with the bulk of the content produced by football writer Mat Guy and blogger Pat McGuinness, and produced by Programme Master.[14]

Official anthem[edit]

The official anthem of the tournament is "Bring The House Down" by English duo Right Said Fred, which was released on 29 May 2018.[15]

Controversies[edit]

Ellan Vannin withdrawal[edit]

Following the completion of the group stage, Ellan Vannin entered a protest regarding the fact that Barawa had been able to bring in a replacement player to their squad after the tournament had started, in apparent contravention of the tournament's rules. The addition of the player, Mohamed Bettamer, a former Libyan youth international, was permitted by ConIFA, who stated that this was a rule change, but who did not inform the other 15 teams in the competition, who had submitted their own squad lists according to the published pre-tournament rule book.[16] Ellan Vannin launched an appeal against the Barawa team's fielding of an apparently ineligible player, which at an initial meeting of the tournament committee was upheld, before subsequently being overturned.[17] As a result, Ellan Vannin withdrew from the remainder of the tournament, and Tibet, their opponents in the First Placement Round, were awarded a 3-0 victory.[18] Their place in the remaining fixtures were taken by Chagos Islands. [19] A meeting of ConIFA's Executive Committee made the decision to provisionally expel the Manx Independent Football Alliance from the organization on 7 June, subject to ratification at the Annual General Meeting in January 2019.[20]

Replacement matches[edit]

London Turkish Select Turkey4–0 Tibet
Nalbant Goal Goal Goal
Uyar Avci Goal
Report
Referee: Mario Guastafierro

Chagos Islands 0–1 Matabeleland
Report Sthamburi Goal 60'
Referee: Massimo Amitrano

Chagos Islands 1–6 Tuvalu
Leonce Goal 28' (pen.) Report Tinilau Goal 8'63'
Uaelasi Goal 20'81'
Oride Goal 26' (o.g.)
Vailine Goal 71'
Referee: Raymond Motumba

Goalscorers[edit]

3 goals
  • Turkey Hassan Nalbant
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals
  • Chagos Archipelago Nicolas Oride (against  Tuvalu)

Broadcasting rights[edit]

CONIFA provided live streaming through football streaming service Mycujoo and edited highlights provided by FC Video. Select games were also live streamed on the Paddy Power Facebook page.

In Northern Cyprus the games were broadcast by EURO GENÇ TV.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ellan Vannin withdrew from the tournament on 5 June. Tibet instead played a "London Turkish Select" team when this fixture was due to be played.
  2. ^ a b Chagos Islands agreed to fulfil Ellan Vannin's remaining fixtures.

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