Confederation of Independent Football Associations
Formation15 August 2013; 10 years ago (15 August 2013)
TypeFederation of associations
HeadquartersLuleå, Norrbotten, Sweden
Membership
41 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

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) is the international governing body for association football teams that are not affiliated with FIFA.

Competitions

See also: List of association football competitions

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 Cyprus, with Sápmi ladies beating their Northern Cyprus hosts 4–0 in the Women's Friendship Cup.[2] CONIFA announced their first Women's World Football Cup on 31 January 2021, to be hosted by Székely Land between 23 and 30 June 2021 and involve 6 teams.[3]

Current title holders

See also: Portal:Current events/Sports, 2024 in association football, and 2024 in sports

For events postponed or cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, see Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sports.

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition[5]
World Championship
World Football Cup 2018 (final)  Kárpátalja
1st
 Northern Cyprus 2025 June
Women's World Football Cup 2022 (final)  Sápmi
1st
 Tibet 2024 June
Continental Championship
European Football Cup 2019 (final)  South Ossetia
1st
 Western Armenia TBD
Africa Football Cup 2022  Biafra
1st
 Matabeleland TBD
South America Football Cup 2022 Maule Sur
1st
Mapuche TBD
North America Football Cup
TBD
Asia Football Cup 2023  Tamil Eelam
1st
Hmong FF TBD
Futsal Championship
CONIFA No Limits Mediterranean Futsal Cup 2021 (final)  County of Nice
Unknown
 Sardinia TBD

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

Current

As of May 2024[6]

Former

Leadership

Presidency

Presidents of ConIFA
No. Name Country of origin Took office Left office
1 Per-Anders Blind  Sweden 7 June 2013 Incumbent

Vice-Presidents of ConIFA

Vice-Presidents of ConIFA
No. Name Country of origin Took office Left office
1 Malcolm Blackburn  Isle of Man 2014 2016
2 Kristof Wenczel  Hungary 2015 Incumbent
3 Dimitri Pagave  Abkhazia 2016 Incumbent

General Secretaries

General Secretaries of ConIFA
No. Name Country of origin Took office Left office
1 Sascha Düerkop  Germany 7 June 2013 30 April 2020
2 Jason Heaton England England 30 April 2020 2 August 2021
3 Piotr Podlewski Poland Poland 2 August 2021 7 August 2022
4 Jeroen Zandberg Netherlands Netherlands 7 August 2022 Incumbent

Africa President

Africa President of ConIFA
No. Name Country of origin Took office Left office
1 Masoud Attai  Zanzibar 7 June 2013 2017
2 Justin Walley  England 2017 2020
3 Christian Lubasi Luzongo Kalalaluka  Zambia 2020 2022
4 Ngala Maimo Wajiri  Cameroon 2022 Incumbent

Asian President

Asian President of ConIFA
No. Name Country of origin Took office Left office
1 Tariq Abdulrahman  Iraq 7 June 2013 2017
2 Jens Jockel  Germany 2017 2020
3 Motoko Jitsukawa  Japan 2020 2022
4 Ruby-Ann Kagaoan  Philippines 2022 Incumbent

European President

European President of ConIFA
No. Name Country of origin Took office Left office
1 Alberto Rischio  Italy 7 June 2013 Incumbent

Latin America President

Latin America President of ConIFA
No. Name Country of origin Took office Left office
1 Jens Jockel  Germany 2013 2017
2 Zam Gutierrez  Mexico 2017 2019
3 Diego Bartolotta  Mexico 2019 Incumbent

North American and Caribbean President

North American and Caribbean President of ConIFA
No. Name Country of origin Took office Left office
1 Mark Dieler  Germany 2013 2017
2 Noah Wheelock  Canada 2017 2020
3 Aaron Johnsen  United States 2020 Incumbent

Oceanian President

Oceanian President of ConIFA
No. Name Country of origin Took office Left office
1 Charles Reklai Mitchell  Palau 2014 2017
2 Ben Schultz  Australia 2017 Incumbent

Directors of Women’s Football

Directors of Women's Football
No. Name Country of origin Took office Left office
Cassie Childers  United States 6 September 2017 2019
1 Kelly Lindsey  United States February 2019 28 February 2020
2 Håkan Kuorak  Sweden 28 February 2020 ???
3 Norma Aguilera  Mexico ??? Incumbent

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Sapmi Take Historic Win in First Women's Match". CONIFA. Archived from the original on 2018-11-18. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  3. ^ "CONIFA Announces First-Ever Women's World Football Cup". CONIFA. Archived from the original on 2021-01-31. Retrieved 2021-02-04.
  4. ^ "CONIFA Sanctions Liga de Balompié Mexicano, its First-Ever Professional League". CONIFA. Archived from the original on 9 July 2020. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
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  6. ^ "Members". www.conifa.org. Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA). Archived from the original on 17 December 2021. Retrieved 8 March 2023.
  7. ^ "Pakistan Football Association joins CONIFA". Retrieved 2023-07-01.
  8. ^ "Biafra De Facto Customary Government to participate in maiden CONIFA African Tournament". standardobservers.com. Archived from the original on 2022-12-24. Retrieved 2022-12-24.
  9. ^ "Kuskatan joins CONIFA, reminds us of Latin American potential". kickingtheglobe.substack.com. Archived from the original on 2022-12-23. Retrieved 2022-12-23.
  10. ^ "Profile". Archived from the original on 2022-12-24. Retrieved 2022-12-24.
  11. ^ "CONIFA – The Guerrilla Alternative". hamptonthink.org. Archived from the original on 2023-06-30. Retrieved 2022-12-24.