CONIFA World Football Cup

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CONIFA World Football Cup
Founded2014
RegionInternational (Confederation of Independent Football Associations)
Current champions Flag of Transcarpathian Oblast.svg Kárpátalja (1st title)
Most successful team(s)Flag of the Republic of Abkhazia.svg  Abkhazia
Flag of the County of Nice.svg  County of Nice
Flag of Transcarpathian Oblast.svg Kárpátalja

(1 title each)
Soccerball current event.svg 2020 CONIFA World Football Cup

The CONIFA World Football Cup is an international football tournament organized by CONIFA, an umbrella association for states, minorities, stateless peoples and regions unaffiliated with FIFA, which has been held every two years since 2014. This tournament is the successor of the Viva World Cup which was held from 2006 to 2012. [1]

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Hosting

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Map of ConIFA World Football Cup Tournaments

CONIFA is an organisation that provides an outlet for countries, sub-national entities, stateless peoples and ethnic minorities to play international football. Because a number of their members represent diasporas or displaced peoples, it is not always possible for the host of the World Football Cup to be able to hold the competition in their own "territory". As a consequence of this, CONIFA defines the "host" of the World Football Cup as being the member association that heads the organising committee, whether or not the tournament is actually played in the geographical area that the host association represents. [2]

History

Sápmi 2014

In May 2013, CONIFA announced that Sápmi had been chosen to host the inaugural CONIFA World Football Cup in Östersund, Sweden. It was an invitational tournament [3] played between 1 and 8 June 2014, with all matches being held in the 5092-capacity Jämtkraft Arena. [4]

Twelve teams took part in the tournament. [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] Catalonia [11] and Rapa Nui [12] were thought to be potential participants, but ultimately declined or withdrew.

In parallel with the tournament, a festival celebrating the cultural diversity of the teams involved was held in Östersund. [13]

Of the twelve invited teams, eight had previously participated at the Viva World Cup.

The draw initially included Quebec and Zanzibar. However, in May 2014, it was announced that both Quebec and Zanzibar had withdrawn from the tournament. The Quebec team had affiliated with the Fédération de soccer du Québec, with the intention that the FSQ eventually apply for membership of CONCACAF. To this end, the team will only play internationals against full national teams that are members of either CONCACAF or FIFA, and will no longer participate in Non-FIFA Football. [14] The Zanzibar team were unable to obtain visas to enter Sweden and were thus forced to pull out of the tournament. [15] Quebec's place was taken by South Ossetia, while Zanzibar were replaced by County of Nice.

Abkhazia 2016

The 2016 tournament was the first to feature a measure of qualification, rather than all of the teams being invited. In April 2015, CONIFA, during its announcement of the final make up of the 2015 European Football Cup, that the top three teams in that competition would gain automatic entry into the 2016 WFC. [16] Also in April, the Ellan Vannin team announced it would play two charity matches against Alderney, which would also serve as warm up games for the Island Games tournament in which both Alderney and the Isle of Man were competing. [17] Subsequently, in May 2015, two weeks before the scheduled dates of the two games, CONIFA and the MIFA announced that it had been expanded to four teams, with both Panjab and Felvidék also taking part; CONIFA also announced that the winner of the expanded Niamh Challenge Cup would gain automatic entry into the 2016 World Football Cup. [18] A further four team tournament, the Benedikt Fontana Cup, was announced to be hosted by the Raetia FA to run during the European Football Cup. This would also feature Felvidék, as well as the hosts and Chagos Islands, and would also serve as a qualification tournament for the World Football Cup. [19]

In December 2015, following advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office over security concerns regarding travel to Abkhazia, the Manx Independent Football Alliance announced that the Ellan Vannin team would withdraw from the World Football Cup, and instead take part in the 2016 Europeada Championship in Italy, like Occitania. [20] Subsequently, both the Aymará team, and County of Nice also withdrew.

In March 2016, CONIFA announced that Padania had been expelled from the tournament due to procedural irregularities, to be replaced by Székely Land. [21] However, three weeks prior to the start of the tournament, it was announced that Padania had been reinstated, taking the place of the Romani people team, who had been forced to withdraw due to difficulties with their travel documents. [22]

Barawa 2018

The 2018 competition saw the tournament expanded from 12 to 16 teams, and featured a full set of qualification criteria as laid down by CONIFA. In addition to the various friendly tournaments sanctioned as qualifiers, the 2018 tournament featured ranking points awarded for games played by members, which went towards the awarding of various continental places to CONIFA's various geographical zones. For the first time, teams from both North America and Oceania gained places in the competition.

In June 2017, at the CONIFA meeting held during the 2017 CONIFA European Football Cup in Northern Cyprus, it was announced that Barawa would be the hosts of the 2018 World Football Cup, with the announcement of the actual location of the tournament (owing to the Barawa FA representing part of the Somali diaspora and being located in the United Kingdom) subsequently announced as London in September 2017. [23]

North Macedonia 2020

In January 2019, at the CONIFA Annual General Meeting in Krakow, Poland, Somaliland was voted in a non-binding vote before the decision was finalized by the Executive Committee the following day. The 2020 competition will be the first CONIFA World Football Cup to be hosted outside Europe, with previous host Barawa holding the competition in London. [24] However on the 19th of August 2019 Conifa announced that the cup would not be held in Somaliland due to logistical difficulties. [25] In December 2019 CONIFA announced that the relocated tournament would take place in Skopje, North Macedonia. [26]

Results

YearHostWinnerScoreRunner-upThird placeScoreFourth placeNo. of teams
2014
Details
Sami flag.svg  Sápmi Flag of the County of Nice.svg
County of Nice
0–0
(5–3 p )
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg
Ellan Vannin
Flag of the Syriac-Aramaic People.svg
Arameans Suryoye
4–1Flag of South Ossetia.svg
South Ossetia
12
2016
Details
Flag of the Republic of Abkhazia.svg  Abkhazia Flag of the Republic of Abkhazia.svg
Abkhazia
1–1
(6–5 p )
Panjab football flag.png
Panjab
Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg
Northern Cyprus
2–0Flag of Padania.svg
Padania
12
2018
Details
Flag of Ogaden National Liberation Front(2).svg Barawa (official)
Flag of England.svg  England (location)
Flag of Transcarpathian Oblast.svg
Kárpátalja
0–0
(3–2 p )
Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg
Northern Cyprus
Flag of Padania.svg
Padania
0–0
(5–4 p )
Flag of Szekely Land.svg
Székely Land
16
2020
Details
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia Cancelled due to 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic [27] 16

Appearances

Legend

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team 2014
Sami flag.svg
(12)
2016
Flag of the Republic of Abkhazia.svg
(12)
2018
Flag of Ogaden National Liberation Front(2).svg
(16)
2020
Flag of North Macedonia.svg
(16)
Total participations
Flag of the Republic of Abkhazia.svg  Abkhazia QF
8th
1stPR
9th
3/4
Flag of the Syriac-Aramaic People.svg  Arameans Suryoye 3rd1/4
Flag of Artsakh.svg  Artsakh PR
9th
1/4
Aymará ••×0/4
Flag of Ogaden National Liberation Front(2).svg  Barawa ××QF
8th
1/4
Flag of Cascadia.svg  Cascadia ××QF
6th
q2/4
Flag of CSSC.svg  Chagos Islands PR
12th
q2/4
Flag of the County of Nice.svg  County of Nice 1st••1/4
Bandera Darfur.svg  Darfur PR
12th
q2/4
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Ellan Vannin 2nd••PR
16th
2/4
Felvidek (Upper Hungary) football flag.png  Felvidék ••1/4
Flag-kabyle.svg  Kabylie ××PR
10th
q2/4
Flag of Transcarpathian Oblast.svg  Kárpátalja ××1stq2/4
Flag of Cornwall.svg Kernow ×××q1/4
Flag of Kiribati.svg  Kiribati ×ו•0/4
Flag of Kurdistan.svg  Kurdistan Region QF
6th
QF
8th
q3/4
Flag of the Mapuches.svg Mapuche ×××q1/4
Australian Aboriginal Flag.svg Mariya ×××q1/4
Matabeleland football flag.png  Matabeleland ××PR
13th
q2/4
Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg  Northern Cyprus 3rd2nd2/4
Flag of Occitania (with star).svg  Occitania QF
7th
••1/4
Flag of Padania.svg  Padania QF
5th
4th3rd3/4
Panjab football flag.png  Panjab 2ndQF
5th
q3/4
Flag of Jersey.svg Parishes of Jersey ×××q1/4
Flag of Quebec.svg  Quebec ••×××0/4
Flag of Raetia.svg  Raetia PR
11th
1/4
Roma flag.svg  Romani people ••0/4
Sami flag.svg  Sápmi PR
10th
QF
5th
2/4
Flag of Somaliland.svg  Somaliland PR
10th
q2/4
Flag of South Ossetia.svg  South Ossetia 4thq2/4
Flag of Szekely Land.svg  Székely Land PR
9th
4th2/4
Bicolor flag of Tamil Eelam.svg  Tamil Eelam PR
11th
PR
14th
2/4
Flag of Tibet.svg  Tibet ××PR
12th
1/4
Flag of Tuvalu.svg  Tuvalu ××PR
15th
1/4
Unification flag of Korea.svg  United Koreans in Japan QF
7th
PR
11th
q2/4
Flag of Western Armenia.svg  Western Armenia QF
6th
QF
7th
q3/4
Flag of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.svg  Western Sahara ×ו•0/4
Flag of Zanzibar.svg  Zanzibar ••0/4

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