Cascadia official soccer team

The Cascadia official soccer team is an soccer team representing the Cascadia region of the United States and Canada and is controlled by the Cascadia Association Football Federation (CAFF). The team is 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."[1] 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]

Cascadia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Dougs
AssociationCascadia Association Football Federation
ConfederationConIFA
Sub-confederationNorth America and Caribbean
Head coachJames Nichols
CaptainPatrick Wilson
Most capsCharlie Gregory, Max Oldham (7)
Top scorerCalum Ferguson (5)
First colors
Second colors
First international
 Ellan Vannin 4–1 Cascadia 
(Sutton, United Kingdom; 31 May 2018)
Biggest win
 Cascadia 8–1 Darfur 
(Kent, Washington; 27 July 2019)
Biggest defeat
 Ellan Vannin 4–1 Cascadia 
(Sutton, United Kingdom; 31 May 2018)
ConIFA World Football Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2018)
Best result6th, 2018

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.[2] Cascadia will participate in the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup.[3]

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]

HistoryEdit

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] At this meeting CAFF's board of directors was elected and its bylaws and team eligibility requirements ratified, by vote.[7] 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. 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.

In June 2018 Cascadia took park in the 2018 CONIFA World Football Cup in London, finishing 6th. CAFF qualified for the tournament by being the only active CONIFA member in North America

Cascadia hosted its first true home match on July 27, 2019, playing a friendly against Darfur at French Field in Kent, Washington.[8] Cascadia won the friendly 8–1.[9]

In October 2019 CAFF made an agreement with the Western Washington Premier League. WWPL became an affiliate league of CAFF, and the two organizations will work together on projects. [10]

International recordEdit

CONIFA World Football CupEdit

Year Position P W D L GF GA
  2014 Did not enter
  2016
  2018 6th 6 3 1 2 17 11
Total 6 3 1 2 17 11

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 ResultsEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

2020Edit

SquadEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up to the Cascadia squad for the friendly against   Chagos Islands on 25 May 2019.[11]

Caps and goals correct as of 25 June 2018 after the game against   Chagos Islands.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Brendan Norris 1 0   Winchester City

5 2DF Charlie Gregory (1991-12-27) 27 December 1991 (age 28) 7 0   Sporting Bengal United
4 2DF Patrick Wilson (captain) (1986-05-16) 16 May 1986 (age 33) 6 0   New Milton Town
2DF Lorne Jenkins (1995-05-23) 23 May 1995 (age 24) 1 0 Unattached
2DF Kyle Lemon 1 0   Bedfont Sports
2DF Jacob Toms 1 0   East Cowes Vics

7 3MF Max Oldham (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 26) 7 2   Corinthian-Casuals
16 3MF Tayshan Hayden-Smith (1996-09-23) 23 September 1996 (age 23) 4 2   ENAD Polis Chrysochous
6 3MF Brian Simpson (1998-05-24) 24 May 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Hatfield Town
8 3MF Angelo Calfo 1 1   RIASA
15 3MF Taylor Fisher (2000-04-17) 17 April 2000 (age 19) 1 0   Dartford
2 3MF Zane Provenzano 1 0   RIASA

9 4FW Chase Boone 1 2   RIASA
11 4FW Callum Powell (1996-01-28) 28 January 1996 (age 23) 1 2   Stourbridge
4FW Gavin McCallum (1987-08-24) 24 August 1987 (age 32) 0 0   Welling United

Recent call-upsEdit

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Will Marment (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 21) 4 0   Vassar College 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
GK Alejandro De La Torre (1999-05-07) 7 May 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Round Rock 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup

DF James Riley (1982-10-27) 27 October 1982 (age 37) 5 0   Tacoma Stars 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
DF Matt Braem (1994-06-25) 25 June 1994 (age 25) 4 0   AFC Ann Arbor 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
DF Joey Censoni (1993-09-03) 3 September 1993 (age 26) 2 0   Carpathia FC 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
DF Julius Lansiquot (1999-11-06) 6 November 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Barnet 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
DF Sofien El-Mehrik (1993-12-15) 15 December 1993 (age 26) 0 0 Unattached 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
DF Ellis Routledge (1999-10-25) 25 October 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Woodford Town 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup

MF Hector Morales (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 26) 6 2   AFC Ann Arbor 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
MF Jordan Wilson (1991-10-31) 31 October 1991 (age 28) 6 0   Nykøbing FC 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
MF Anthony Wright (1997-11-10) 10 November 1997 (age 22) 6 0 Unattached 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
MF Josh Doughty (1997-04-08) 8 April 1997 (age 22) 3 2   FC Arizona 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
MF Nikko Stokes (2000-07-16) 16 July 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Barking 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup

FW Calum Ferguson (1995-05-17) 17 May 1995 (age 24) 6 5   Valour FC 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
FW Yuri Farkas (1993-07-21) 21 July 1993 (age 26) 4 2   AFC Ann Arbor 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
FW Keaton Levock (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 25) 3 0   Carpathia FC 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
FW Jon Nouble (1996-01-19) 19 January 1996 (age 23) 2 2   Haringey Borough 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup
FW Hamza Haddadi (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 25) 2 1   Kitsap Pumas 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup

RecordsEdit

Top Goal ScorersEdit

# 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

KitEdit

 
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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ Cascadia: the heartland of football in North America World Soccer Magazine
  3. ^ West, Phil (24 May 2018). "James Riley: From MLS to the CONIFA World Football Cup with Cascadia". MLS Soccer. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  4. ^ Cascadia In Bed With Maradona
  5. ^ Cascadia National Team Jersey... Yes Please Stumptown Footy
  6. ^ Cascadia Football Announces First General Meeting Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine – Press Release
  7. ^ Cascadia Announces Board of Directors, Meeting Results Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine Press Release
  8. ^ The Pacific’s Cascadia to play Darfur United in first all-CONIFA Men’s soccer match in North America Darfur United
  9. ^ https://www.prostamerika.com/2019/07/27/cascadia-make-home-debut-in-with-darfur/229554/
  10. ^ https://westernwashingtonpremierleague.wordpress.com/2019/10/26/western-washington-premier-league-announces-affiliation-with-caff-and-team-cascadia/
  11. ^ The Cascadians who’ll face the Chagos Islands as they celebrate their good news Prost Internationa. 23 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.

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