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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[1] and the CONIFA European Football Cup.

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

Contents

HistoryEdit

MembersEdit

Types of membersEdit

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 membersEdit

As of July 2019[2]

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
  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 footballEdit

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 teamsEdit

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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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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