The ELF Cup (Equality, Liberty, Fraternity) was an international football tournament organised by the Cyprus Turkish Football Federation (KTFF), a member of the NF-Board. It was played only once in 2006. Among the participants were NF-Board teams, and FIFA member teams from the Asian Football Confederation.
|Host country||North Cyprus|
|Dates||19 November – 25 November|
|Venue(s)||1 (in 1 host city)|
|Goals scored||62 (3.88 per match)|
ELF Cup 2006
The 2006 ELF Cup took place in the North Cyprus between November 19 and 25. Initially announced for non-FIFA teams only, the 2006 tournament also found places for three teams from the Asian Football Confederation - Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. However, under pressure from FIFA, Afghanistan withdrew from the tournament.
Initially, it was announced that the North Cyprus were to hold the inaugural VIVA World Cup tournament, organised by the NF-Board as a bi-annual competition for the best non-FIFA nations. However, a dispute between the NF-Board and a new regime at the KTFF led to the tournament being taken away and granted to Occitania. The NF-Board claimed that the new government of the North Cyprus insisted on restricting which nations could and could not take part. The KTFF, however, claimed that the NF-Board made unreasonable financial demands.
In response, the KTFF announced that the ELF Cup would be held at the same time as the VIVA World Cup, and have promised to pay travelling expenses to the participants, which has attracted some NF-Board members. The KTFF hope that the tournament will bring North Cyprus further into the international arena.
Crimean Tatars – representing the Crimean Tatars. Găgăuzia – Gagauzia, an autonomous region of Moldova. Greenland – an autonomous region of Denmark, and nominally under the control of the Danish Football Association and is a NF-Board member. Kyrgyzstan – a member of the AFC and FIFA, represented here by their futsal team. Tajikistan – a member of the AFC and FIFA, represented here by their futsal team. Tibet – an autonomous region of China, fiercely independent in exile and is a NF-Board member. Northern Cyprus – the hosts, an internationally unrecognised state and is a NF-Board member. Zanzibar – historically a part of Tanzania, but with membership of the CAF and of the NF-Board, represented here by their under-20 national team.
The eight participants were drawn into two groups of four, with the top two from each group progressing to the knockout stage. For details of the squads, see 2006 ELF Cup Squads.
|Suleiman Kassim Suleiman
||Muhammed Seif Muhammed
|Crimean Tatars ||0–5|
|Northern Cyprus ||5–1|
|Northern Cyprus ||10–0|
|Kyrgyzstan ||2–3 (a.e.t.)|
|Northern Cyprus ||5–0|
3rd Place Playoff
|Muhammed Seif Muhammed
|Northern Cyprus ||3–1|
|2006 ELF Cup Winners|
- All the matches were played with Adidas Teamgeist balls.