Confederation of Independent Football Associations
CONIFA logo.png
Formation15 August 2013; 8 years ago (15 August 2013)
TypeFederation of associations
HeadquartersLuleå, Norrbotten, Sweden
Membership
50 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
Websitewww.conifa.org Edit this at Wikidata

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 Cypriot 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, 2022 in association football, and 2022 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
CONIFA World Football Cup 2018[6]
(Final)
 Kárpátalja 1st  Northern Cyprus 2022
(Final)
CONIFA Women's World Football Cup TBD TBD 2022[7]
(Final)
Continental Championship
CONIFA European Football Cup 2019[8]
(Final)
 South Ossetia 1st  Western Armenia 2022[9]
(Final)
CONIFA No Limits European Championship 2021 TBD
CONIFA Africa Football Cup 2022[5]
(Final)
 Biafra 1st  Matabeleland TBD
CONIFA South America Football Cup 2022[5]
(Final)
Maule Sur 1st Mapuche TBD
Futsal
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

As of June 2022[10]

Europe (21)
Team
 Abkhazia
 Artsakh
 Chameria
 Cornwall
 County of Nice
Elba Island
 Ellan Vannin
 Kárpátalja
 Northern Cyprus
 Occitania
 Padania
 Raetia
 Romani people
 Sápmi
 Sardinia
 Sicily
 South Ossetia
 Székely Land
 Two Sicilies
 Western Armenia
 Yorkshire
Asia (11)
Team
 East Turkestan
Karen
Kashmir
 Kurdistan Region
 Panjab
 Rohingya
Ryūkyū
 Tamil Eelam
 Tibet
 United Koreans in Japan
 West Papua
Africa (11)
Team
 Barawa
Basotho
 Biafra
 Chagos Islands
 Kabylia
 Matabeleland
 Somaliland
 Western Sahara
Yoruba
Yoruba NFF
 Zanzibar
North America (3)
Team
ANBM
 Cascadia
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Kuskatan
South America (6)
Team
Armenian Argentine Community
Aymara
Mapuche
Maule Sur
 Rapa Nui
São Paulo FAD
Oceania (3)
Team
Australian First Nations
Hawaiʻi
 Kiribati

Important personalities

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 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  Zimbabwe 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 Safeen Kanabe  Iraq 7 June 2013 2017
2 Jens Jockel  Germany 2017 2020
3 Motoko Jitsukawa  Japan 2020 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 Incumbent

See also

References

  1. ^ "CONIFA Constitution" (PDF). Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Sapmi Take Historic Win in First Women's Match". CONIFA. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  3. ^ "CONIFA Announces First-Ever Women's World Football Cup". CONIFA. Retrieved 2021-02-04.
  4. ^ "CONIFA Sanctions Liga de Balompié Mexicano, its First-Ever Professional League". CONIFA. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Calendar". www.conifa.org. Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA). Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  6. ^ "CONIFA Paddy Power World Football Cup 2018 (CONIFA World Football Cup)". www.conifa.org. Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA). Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  7. ^ "CONIFA Women World Football Cup 2022". www.conifa.org. Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA). Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  8. ^ "Sportsbet.io European Football Cup 2019 (CONIFA European Football Cup)". www.conifa.org. Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA). Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  9. ^ "CONIFA European Football Cup 2022". www.conifa.org. Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA). Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  10. ^ "Members". www.conifa.org. Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA). Retrieved 18 June 2022.