2019 Atlantic Heritage Cup

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2019 Atlantic Heritage Cup
Tournament details
Host country Yorkshire
Dates1 June – TBC 2019
Tournament statistics
Matches played2
Goals scored12 (6 per match)
Top scorer(s)Jersey Tom Harris
Jersey Kieran Lester
(3 goals)

The 2019 Atlantic Heritage Cup is the first edition of the Atlantic Heritage Cup, and acts as a qualification tournament for the 2020 CONIFA World Football Cup in Skopje, North Macedonia. Yorkshire were announced as hosts in March 2019,[1] with Parishes of Jersey, Ellan Vannin and Kernow also originally set to participate. All 4 teams are either part of the United Kingdom, or are Crown dependencies. However, Ellan Vannin and Kernow both pulled out for undisclosed reasons, being replaced by Chagos Islands and reducing the tournament to a 3 team format.[2]


The tournament is a round-robin, with each team playing each other once. This means a total of 3 games to be played over 3 days, at two stadiums (Ingfield Stadium, the home of Ossett United, and the CNG Stadium, home of Harrogate Town. The winner was due to be offered a place at the 2020 CONIFA World Football Cup, which in the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Jersey Parishes of Jersey 2 1 0 1 9 3 +6 3
2  Yorkshire (H) 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
3  Chagos Islands 1 0 0 1 2 9 −7 0
Updated to match(es) played on 2 June 2019. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored;
(H) Host

All times are local.


Yorkshire 1–0Jersey Parishes of Jersey
Litchfield 90+3'
Ingfield Stadium, Ossett
Attendance: 521
Referee: Karl Parker

Parishes of Jersey Jersey9–2 Chagos Islands
Lester 5', 26', 41'
Hinds 7', 71'
Harris 52', 61', 67'
Watson 89'
Leelah 19', 21'
Referee: Chris Akers

Chagos Islands v Yorkshire
Ingfield Stadium, Ossett

Top scorers[edit]

3 goals
  • Jersey Tom Harris
  • Jersey Kieran Lester
2 goals
  • Chagos Archipelago Steven Leelah
  • Jersey Karl Hinds
1 goal
  • Jersey Luke Watson
  • Yorkshire Brodie Litchfield


The decision by CONIFA to host the 2020 World Football Cup in Somaliland was met with criticism by some, with James Scott, the president of Parishes of Jersey FC, telling the Jersey Evening Post that he would not accept the place at the final tournament if his side won the Atlantic Heritage Cup.[3] The comments were met with a backlash from CONIFA, who criticised inaccurate reporting and defended the decision to host the World Football Cup in Somaliland.[4] The hosting of the 2020 World Football Cup was later transferred to Skopje, North Macedonia, with Parishes of Jersey and Chagos Islands due to participate, [5] before the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. [6]


  1. ^ The Atlantic Heritage Cup is coming to Yorkshire this summer ConIFA. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  2. ^ Revised AHC schedule Yorks IFA. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  3. ^ Somaliland setback for PoJ FC Jersey Evening Post. 7 March 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  4. ^ CONIFA Statement Regarding Jersey Evening Post Article Archived 11 February 2020 at the Wayback Machine CONIFA. 17 March 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  5. ^ The 16 teams going to the 2020 CONIFA sportsbet.io World Football Cup 2020 - revealed! CONIFA. 4 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  6. ^ [1] BBC Sport. 23 March 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2021.