Cascadia official soccer team

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Cascadia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Dougies
AssociationCascadia Association Football Federation
ConfederationConIFA
Head coachJames Nichols
CaptainJames Riley[1]
Most caps6 players (6)
Top scorerCalum Ferguson (5)
First colors
Second colors
First international
 Ellan Vannin 4–1 Cascadia 
(Sutton, United Kingdom; 31 May, 2018)
Biggest win
 Tamil Eelam 0–6 Cascadia 
(Rotherhithe, United Kingdom; 3 June, 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Ellan Vannin 4–1 Cascadia 
(Sutton, United Kingdom; 31 May, 2018)
ConIFA World Football Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2018)
Best result6th, 2018

The Cascadia official soccer team is the official soccer team representing the Cascadia region of the United States and Canada and is controlled by the Cascadia Association Football Federation (CAFF). The team will be composed of players from the U.S states of Oregon, Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia. The stated mission of the team is "...to allow Cascadia as a distinct cultural entity, isolated bioregion and growing society with common interests to be represented at the international level in the sport we are all passionate about."[2] CAFF is a member of ConIFA. Cascadia is not a member of FIFA or any confederation or subconfederation as the region is wholly a part of both the United States or Canada. However, CAFF is not opposed to those organizations and sees itself coexisting as a non-FIFA regional representative team.[citation needed]

In this way and similar to Catalonia's national team, Cascadia's players can participate in both FIFA and non-FIFA tournaments as non-FIFA "caps" have no bearing on being FIFA cap tied. It is hoped that the team will help expose more players from the region to international competition as well as foster a connection between the culture of Cascadia with other regions and peoples around the world.[3] Cascadia will participate in the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup.[4]

The purpose of the team is cultural and sport focused, not political as there are many different ideas as to what Cascadia's common and increasingly interconnected economic and political future may become. Neither CAFF nor the team have any official stance on the Cascadia independence movement.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The idea of a Cascadia representative soccer team existed long before the founder of CAFF and friends first discussed the possibility. People on internet soccer discussion forums discussed the possibility as far back as 2011.[5] In early 2012 an Adidas Cascadia football shirt was designed by Kelly Dews and sold through the Cascadia Trifecta Facebook group to supporters and fans of the three Cascadian MLS teams: Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Seattle Sounders FC, and the Portland Timbers. The first run of these shirts were highly popular and were visible at matches throughout the region.[6]

Following the 2012 London Olympic Games and noting the athletes from Cascadia, the current CAFF President Leonard Laymon and others began investigating just what it would take to form a non-FIFA regional representative team.[citation needed] In August 2012 the decision was made to go forward with making such a team a reality and networking was conducted with the non-FIFA football community.[citation needed]

In January 2013 CAFF convened its first general meeting at the headquarters of Golazo Energy in Seattle.[7] At this meeting CAFF's board of directors was elected and its bylaws and team eligibility requirements ratified, by vote.[8] It was also determined in a vote by the CAFF board following the meeting that Cascadia would send a representative to the N.F. Board's Annual General in Munich Germany at the end of the next month. An Indiegogo campaign raised the funding for the application process in less than a week.

In February 2013 Sascha Tillmanns was elected as Cascadia's European representative and initially sent to the meeting to deliver CAFF's application documents, express Cascadia's interest in joining the N.F. Board and help CAFF get an understanding of what its next steps should be. Tillmanns was asked at the meeting to give a presentation on Cascadia which was well received. In early March 2013 Cascadia learned that the N.F. Board would be deciding in the summer to admit up to three new members, of which Cascadia was one. Following this positive news that the early work of looking for Cascadia eligible players and a coach began.

In late April 2013, Alan Koch of Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC was the first potential coach to step forward and declare interest in becoming Cascadia's first coach. In June 2013 CascadiaNow!, the website of the Cascadia Independence Project, published a list of over 80 professional and semi-professional Cascadia-eligible players worldwide. Later in July 2013 another potential Cascadia coach emerged when in a Q&A session on Twitter, former US men's national team defender and ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas proclaimed that "it would be an honor" to coach Cascadia.

On the 25th of August 2013, nearly a year to the day of the initial idea to make a Cascadia team a reality, CAFF announced that non-FIFA football ambassador and former N.F. Board Marketing Director and Executive Committee member Nicolas Bonnier would be visiting the region, touring Portland's Jeld-Wen Field and attending the sold-out Cascadia Cup Derby in Seattle as a guest of the CAFF board.

in 2018 Cascadia was invited to play in the 2018 CONIFA World Football Cup in London.

CONIFA World Football Cup[edit]

Cascadia qualified to participate in the 2018 CONIFA WFC by merit of being the only organization of its kind in North America in good standing with CONIFA. In April, UEFA B licence coach James Nichols was brought on to lead the team. Despite an opening day defeat to Ellan Vannin, a 6-0 victory over Tamil Eelam ensured Cascadia's progress to the quarter finals on goal difference. However a defeat to eventual winners Kárpátalja saw Cascadia crash out. A 4-0 win over Western Armenia ensured they would finish in the 5th-6th place playoff, for the best teams knocked out of the quarter finals. Despite coming back from 3 goals down to draw 3-3, Cascadia eventually lost on penalties to early tournament favourites Panjab to finish 6th.

Fixtures and Results[edit]

Squad[edit]

The following players were called up to the inaugural Cascadia squad for the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup.[9]

Caps and goals correct as of 9 June 2018 after the game against  Panjab.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Will Marment (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 20) 4 0 United States Vassar College
12 1GK Alejandro De La Torre (1999-05-07) 7 May 1999 (age 19) 2 0 United States Round Rock

2 2DF James Riley (Captain) (1982-10-27) 27 October 1982 (age 36) 5 0 Unattached
5 2DF Patrick Wilson (1986-05-16) 16 May 1986 (age 32) 5 0 England Hamble Club
4 2DF Matt Braem (1994-06-25) 25 June 1994 (age 24) 4 0 United States AFC Ann Arbor
20 2DF Joey Censoni (1993-09-03) 3 September 1993 (age 25) 2 0 United States Carpathia FC
17 2DF Julius Lansiquot (1999-11-06) 6 November 1999 (age 19) 1 0 England Barnet
13 2DF Sofien El-Mehrik (1993-12-15) 15 December 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Unattached
15 2DF Ellis Routledge (1999-10-25) 25 October 1999 (age 19) 0 0 England Wingate & Finchley

10 3MF Hector Morales (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 25) 6 2 United States AFC Ann Arbor
23 3MF Max Oldham (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 25) 6 1 England Corinthian-Casuals
3 3MF Charlie Gregory (1991-12-27) 27 December 1991 (age 26) 6 0 England Sporting Bengal United
6 3MF Jordan Wilson (vice-captain) (1991-10-31) 31 October 1991 (age 27) 6 0 Denmark Nykøbing FC
7 3MF Anthony Wright (1997-11-10) 10 November 1997 (age 21) 6 0 England Banbury United
8 3MF Josh Doughty (1997-04-08) 8 April 1997 (age 21) 3 2 Unattached
21 3MF Tayshan Hayden-Smith (1996-09-23) 23 September 1996 (age 22) 3 2 England Northwood
16 3MF Brian Simpson (1998-05-24) 24 May 1998 (age 20) 2 0 England Hertford Town
22 3MF Nikko Stokes (2000-07-16) 16 July 2000 (age 18) 0 0 England Barking

9 4FW Calum Ferguson (1995-05-17) 17 May 1995 (age 23) 6 5 Scotland Elgin City
19 4FW Yuri Farkas (1993-07-21) 21 July 1993 (age 25) 4 2 United States AFC Ann Arbor
11 4FW Keaton Levock (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 24) 3 0 United States Carpathia FC
14 4FW Jon Nouble (1996-01-19) 19 January 1996 (age 22) 2 2 Unattached
18 4FW Hamza Haddadi (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 24) 2 1 United States Kitsap Pumas

Recent call-ups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Lorne Jenkins (1995-05-23) 23 May 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Unattached 2018 ConIFA World Football CupPRE

Records[edit]

Top Goal Scorers[edit]

# Name Career Goals Caps Position
1 Calum Ferguson 2018- 5 6 FW
2 Jon Nouble 2018- 2 2 FW
Josh Doughty 2018- 2 3 MF
Tayshan Hayden-Smith 2018- 2 3 MF
Yuri Farkas 2018- 2 4 FW
Hector Morales 2018- 2 6 MF
3 Hamza Haddadi 2018- 1 2 FW
Max Oldham 2018- 1 6 MF

Kit[edit]

Cascadia Kit V 1.0
Cascadia Kit V 2.0 Prototype

In early 2012 Kelly Dews designed an Adidas produced limit run of Cascadia shirts. The kit was white, green and blue with a green sash reflecting the colors of the Doug Flag.[citation needed]

In August the new design was announced by Kelly Dews and the Cascadia Association Football Federation. It is a horizontal tri-color design similar to that of the flag of Cascadia. It features the CAFF crest on the front and Cascadia on the neckline in the back. The new shirt is made by a local company, Looptworks, but never used.[citation needed] After Cascadia were announced to feature in the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup the team announced stingz sportswear as their kit supplier for the team and sponsored by Giordano.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Mission statement from the official site of the Cascadia Association football federation". cascadiafa.com. Archived from the original on 14 September 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  3. ^ Cascadia: the heartland of football in North America World Soccer Magazine
  4. ^ West, Phil (24 May 2018). "James Riley: From MLS to the CONIFA World Football Cup with Cascadia". MLS Soccer. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  5. ^ Cascadia In Bed With Maradona
  6. ^ Cascadia National Team Jersey... Yes Please Stumptown Footy
  7. ^ Cascadia Football Announces First General Meeting Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. – Press Release
  8. ^ Cascadia Announces Board of Directors, Meeting Results Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. Press Release
  9. ^ Team List Cacadia

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