CONIFA World Football Cup

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CONIFA World Football Cup
Founded2014
RegionInternational (Confederation of Independent Football Associations)
Current championsFlag of Transcarpathian Oblast.svg Kárpátalja (1st title)
Most successful team(s) Abkhazia (1 title each)
 County of Nice
Flag of Transcarpathian Oblast.svg Kárpátalja
2018 ConIFA World Football Cup

The CONIFA World Football Cup is an international football tournament organized by CONIFA, an umbrella association for states, minorities, stateless peoples and regions unaffiliated with FIFA, which has been held every two years since 2014. This newly organized tournament was automatically considered as the successor of Viva World Cup, which was last held in 2012. [1]

Hosting[edit]

CONIFA is an organisation that provides an outlet for countries, sub-national entities, stateless peoples and ethnic minorities to play international football. Because a number of their members represent diasporas or displaced peoples, it is not always possible for the host of the World Football Cup to be able to hold the competition in their own "territory". As a consequence of this, CONIFA defines the "host" of the World Football Cup as being the member association that heads the organising committee, whether or not the tournament is actually played in the geographical area that the host association represents.[2]

History[edit]

Sápmi 2014[edit]

In May 2013, CONIFA announced that Sápmi had been chosen to host the inaugural CONIFA World Football Cup in Östersund, Sweden. It was an invitational tournament[3] played between 1 and 8 June 2014, with all matches being held in the 5092-capacity Jämtkraft Arena.[4]

Twelve teams took part in the tournament.[5][6][7][8][9][10] Catalonia[11] and Rapa Nui[12] were thought to be potential participants, but ultimately declined or withdrew.

In parallel with the tournament, a festival celebrating the cultural diversity of the teams involved was held in Östersund.[13]

Of the twelve invited teams, eight had previously participated at the Viva World Cup.

The draw initially included Quebec and Zanzibar. However, in May 2014, it was announced that both Quebec and Zanzibar had withdrawn from the tournament. The Quebec team had affiliated with the Fédération de soccer du Québec, with the intention that the FSQ eventually apply for membership of CONCACAF. To this end, the team will only play internationals against full national teams that are members of either CONCACAF or FIFA, and will no longer participate in Non-FIFA Football.[14] The Zanzibar team were unable to obtain visas to enter Sweden and were thus forced to pull out of the tournament.[15] Quebec's place was taken by South Ossetia, while Zanzibar were replaced by County of Nice.

Abkhazia 2016[edit]

The 2016 tournament was the first to feature a measure of qualification, rather than all of the teams being invited. In April 2015, CONIFA, during its announcement of the final make up of the 2015 European Football Cup, that the top three teams in that competition would gain automatic entry into the 2016 WFC.[16] Also in April, the Ellan Vannin team announced it would play two charity matches against Alderney, which would also serve as warm up games for the Island Games tournament in which both Alderney and the Isle of Man were competing.[17] Subsequently, in May 2015, two weeks before the scheduled dates of the two games, CONIFA and the MIFA announced that it had been expanded to four teams, with both Panjab and Felvidék also taking part; CONIFA also announced that the winner of the expanded Niamh Challenge Cup would gain automatic entry into the 2016 World Football Cup.[18] A further four team tournament, the Benedikt Fontana Cup, was announced to be hosted by the Raetia FA to run during the European Football Cup. This would also feature Felvidék, as well as the hosts and Chagos Islands, and would also serve as a qualification tournament for the World Football Cup.[19]

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, like Occitania.[20] 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.[21] However, three weeks prior to the start of the tournament, it was announced that Padania had been reinstated, taking the place of the Romani people team, who had been forced to withdraw due to difficulties with their travel documents.[22]

Barawa 2018[edit]

The 2018 competition saw the tournament expanded from 12 to 16 teams, and featured a full set of qualification criteria as laid down by CONIFA. In addition to the various friendly tournaments sanctioned as qualifiers, the 2018 tournament featured ranking points awarded for games played by members, which went towards the awarding of various continental places to CONIFA's various geographical zones. For the first time, teams from both North America and Oceania gained places in the competition.

In June 2017, at the CONIFA meeting held during the 2017 CONIFA European Football Cup in Northern Cyprus, it was announced that Barawa would be the hosts of the 2018 World Football Cup, with the announcement of the actual location of the tournament (owing to the Barawa FA representing part of the Somali diaspora and being located in the United Kingdom) subsequently announced as London in September 2017.[23]

Results[edit]

Year Host Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place No. of teams
2014
Details
 Sápmi
County of Nice
0–0
(5–3 p)
Isle of Man
Ellan Vannin

Arameans Suryoye
4–1
South Ossetia
12
2016
Details
 Abkhazia
Abkhazia
1–1
(6–5 p)
Sikh Empire
Panjab

Northern Cyprus
2–0
Padania
12
2018
Details
Barawa
Kárpátalja
0–0
(3–2 p)

Northern Cyprus

Padania
0–0
(5–4 p)

Székely Land
16
2020
Details

Appearances[edit]

Legend
  • 1st — Champions
  • 2nd — Runners-up
  • 3rd — Third place
  • 4th — Fourth place
  • QF — Quarterfinals
  • PR — Placement Round (bottom placed teams in group stage)
  • q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned / Entry not accepted by CONIFA
  •    — Hosts

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team 2014
Sápmi (area)
(12)
2016
Abkhazia
(12)
2018
Ogaden
(16)
Total participations
 Abkhazia QF 1st PR 3/3
 Arameans Suryoye 3rd 1/3
 Artsakh PR 1/3
Banner of the Qulla Suyu.svg Aymará •• × 0/3
Flag of Ogaden National Liberation Front(2).svg Barawa × × QF 1/3
 Cascadia × × QF 1/3
 Chagos Islands PR 1/3
 County of Nice 1st •• 1/3
 Darfur PR 1/3
Isle of Man Ellan Vannin 2nd •• PR 2/3
Felvidek (Upper Hungary) football flag.png Felvidék •• 0/3
Kabylie Kabylie × × PR 1/3
Flag of Transcarpathian Oblast.svg Kárpátalja × × 1st 1/3
 Kiribati × × •• 0/3
 Iraqi Kurdistan QF QF 2/3
Matabeleland football flag.png Matabeleland × × PR 1/3
 Northern Cyprus 3rd 2nd 2/3
 Occitania QF •• 1/3
 Padania QF 4th 3rd 3/3
Sikh Empire Panjab 2nd QF 2/3
 Quebec •• × × 0/3
 Raetia PR 1/3
 Romani people •• 0/3
 Sápmi PR QF 2/3
 Somaliland PR 1/3
 South Ossetia 4th 1/3
Székely Land Székely Land PR 4th 2/3
 Tamil Eelam PR PR 2/3
 Tibet × × PR 1/3
 Tuvalu × × PR 1/3
Korea United Koreans of Japan QF PR 2/3
Westarmeniaflag.jpg Western Armenia QF QF 2/3
 Western Sahara × × 0/3
 Zanzibar •• 0/3

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