Confederation of Independent Football Associations

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[2] and the CONIFA European Football Cup.

Confederation of Independent Football Associations
Formation15th August 2013 (15th August 2013)
TypeFederation of associations
HeadquartersLuleå, Norrbotten, Sweden
Membership
59 Members
Official languages
English is the official language for minutes, correspondence and announcements. French, German, Spanish and Italian are additional languages [1]
President
Per-Anders Blind
Websiteconifa.org

History

Foundation

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

World Football Cup

Main Article: CONIFA World Football Cup

European Football Cup

Main Article: CONIFA European Football Cup

Future Tournaments

  • 2021 CONIFA Women's World Football Cup
  • 2021 CONIFA Africa Football Cup
  • 2021 CONIFA America Football Cup
  • 2021 CONIFA Asian Football Cup
  • 2021 CONIFA European Football Cup
  • 2021 CONIFA Oceania Football Cup

Members

Types of members

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

As of December 2019[3]

Europe (30)
Team
 Abkhazia
 Artsakh
 Chameria
 County of Nice
 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
 East Turkestan
 Kurdistan Region
Karen
Lezgians
 Panjab
Rohingya
 Ryukyu
 Tamil Eelam
 Tibet
 United Koreans in Japan
Africa (9)
Team
 Barawa
Barotseland
 Chagos Islands
 Darfur
 Kabylia
 Matabeleland
 Somaliland
 Western Sahara
 Zanzibar
North America (2)
Team
 Cascadia
 Quebec
South America (2)
Team
Mapuche
Rapa Nui
Oceania (5)
Team
Hawaii
 Kiribati
Mariya
 Tuvalu
West Papua

Women's football

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 [4]

Women's teams

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 December 2019

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

Presidency

Presidents of ConIFA
No.NameCountry of originTook officeLeft officeNote
1Per-Anders Blind Norway7 June 2013Incumbent

See also

References

  1. "CONIFA Constitution" (PDF). Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  2. Martyn-Hemphill, Richard (June 9, 2018). "In Alternative World Cup for Would-be Nations, Karpatalya Beats North Cyprus". The New York Times.
  3. "Members". CONIFA. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  4. "Sapmi Take Historic Win in First Women's Match". CONIFA. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
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