Confederation of Independent Football Associations

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Confederation of Independent Football Associations
Confederation of Independent Football Associations (logo).png
Formation2013; 6 years ago (2013)
TypeFederation of associations
HeadquartersLuleå, Norrbotten, Sweden
Membership
57 Members
President
Per-Anders Blind
Websiteconifa.org

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) is the international governing body for association football teams that are not affiliated with FIFA. Currently, CONIFA is responsible for the organization of the ConIFA World Football Cup[1] and the CONIFA European Football Cup.

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

CONIFA was founded in 2013 to oversee international competition among the non-FIFA affiliated associations in the world. It is based in Luleå, Sweden.

Tournaments[edit]

Members[edit]

Types of members[edit]

CONIFA expressly uses the term "members" rather than "countries" or "states". A football association may be eligible to apply for membership of CONIFA if it, or the entity (ethnic and/or linguistic minority, indigenous group, cultural organization, territory) it represents, is not a member of FIFA and satisfies one or more of the following criteria:

List of members[edit]

As of July 2019[2]

Europe (30)
Team
 Abkhazia
 Artsakh
Chameria
 County of Nice
Autonomous Republic of Crimea Crimea
Délvidék
 Donetsk
 Ellan Vannin
 Felvidék
 Franconia
 Greenland
 Kárpátalja
Kernow
Lazistan
 Luhansk
 Monaco
 Northern Cyprus
 Occitania
 Padania
Parishes of Jersey
 Raetia
 Romani people
 Sápmi
Sardinia
 Skåneland
 South Ossetia
 Székely Land
 Transnistria
 Western Armenia
 Yorkshire
Asia (11)
Team
 Arameans Suryoye
 Iraqi Kurdistan
Karen
Lezgians
 Panjab
Rohingya
Ryūkyū
 Tamil Eelam
 Tibet
 United Koreans in Japan
Uyghur
Africa (9)
Team
 Barawa
Barotseland
 Chagos Islands
 Darfur
 Kabylia
 Matabeleland
 Somaliland
 Western Sahara
 Zanzibar
North America (2)
Team
 Cascadia
 Quebec
South America (1)
Team
Mapuche
Oceania (4)
Team
Mariya
 Kiribati
 Tuvalu
West Papua

Women's football[edit]

All members of CONIFA are encouraged to invest in women's football in their communities, and to create female national selections to play and compete against other CONIFA members.

CONIFA's first ever official women's football match took place on 10 November 2018 in Northern Cyrpus, with Sápmi ladies beating their Northern Cypriot hosts 4-0 in the Women's Friendship Cup [3]

Women's teams[edit]

Although all CONIFA members are encouraged to create a women's team, due to certain obstacles such as funding and other challenges, not all have been able to do so as of yet. Below is a list of CONIFA members who are confirmed as having a women's football team:

As of July 2019

Europe (3)
Team
 Northern Cyprus
 Occitania
 Sápmi
Asia (1)
Team
Karen
Africa (2)
Team
 Darfur
 Matabeleland

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martyn-Hemphill, Richard (June 9, 2018). "In Alternative World Cup for Would-be Nations, Karpatalya Beats North Cyprus". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Members". CONIFA. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  3. ^ "Sapmi Take Historic Win in First Women's Match". CONIFA. Retrieved 2018-11-25.

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