World Unity Football Alliance
Formation7 July 2020; 2 years ago (2020-07-07)
TypeFederation of associations
Membership
19 Members
Official languages
English, Spanish
General Secretary
Danny Clarke
Websiteworldunityfootballalliance.org

The World Unity Football Alliance (WUFA) is the international governing body for association football teams that are not affiliated with FIFA. WUFA was founded in 2020 to oversee international competition among the non-FIFA affiliated associations in the world, the alliance of football associations does not have a centralised management structure.[1][2] On 12 September 2020, WUFA announced their first tournament, the World Series, scheduled for 2021.[3] On 6 April 2021, International Surrey Football announced it would host the first stage of the WUFA World Series, all 4 games were played behind closed doors due in part to local COVID restrictions imposed in the United Kingdom at the time. [4]

On 15 March 2022, the World Unity Football Alliance announced the election of its first General Secretary, President and founder of members International Surrey Football, as part of a six-month interim term scheduled to end no later than August 2022.[5]

Members

WUFA initially announced 9 founding members, and were joined by the Yorkshire International Football Association on July 8th.[6] Of the 18 members of WUFA, 11 are also members of CONIFA, Darfur left CONIFA prior to establishing WUFA, and Surrey were not a member of any federation prior to joining WUFA.[7][8] On 13 July, 2020, WUFA announced a partnership with CSANF – Consejo Sudamericano de Nuevas Federaciones, establishing an alliance.[9] 3 members, the Armenian Argentine Community, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and Mapuche Nation later joined as members of the World Unity Football Alliance as well as the CSANF.

On 7 July, 2021, WUFA announced the Kashmir Football Association as its newest member. Kashmir was not previously a member of any non-FIFA organisation prior to joining WUFA.[10]

Europe (3)
Team
Jersey Parishes of Jersey
 Surrey
 Yorkshire
Asia (5)
Team
Hong Kong All Black FC Hong Kong
Karen
Kashmir
 Tamil Eelam
West Papua
Africa (5)
Team
 Barawa
 Chagos Islands
 Darfur
 Matabeleland
 Western Sahara
North America (2)
Team
California California
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Kuskatan
South America (4)
Team
Armenian Argentine Community
Mapuches
 Rapa Nui
São Paulo

Member Federation

Tournaments

Men's World Unity Cup

Women's World Unity Cup

World Series

Organisation

General Secretary

General Secretary of WUFA
No. Name Country of origin Took office Left office
1 Danny Clarke  United Kingdom 18 February 2022 Incumbent / Interim

See also

References

  1. ^ "FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE". World Unity Cup 2016. July 8, 2020.
  2. ^ Price, Steve. "Soccer Or Activism? Darfur United And Teams Outside FIFA Form World Unity Football Alliance". Forbes.
  3. ^ "2021 WUFA World Series". World UNity Football Alliance. September 12, 2020.
  4. ^ "WUFA World Series Coming to Surrey – International Surrey Football".
  5. ^ "World Unity Football Alliance Vote for Interim General Secretary – World Unity Football Alliance".
  6. ^ "Breaking news for the Yorkshire team! – YIFA for YORKSHIRE".
  7. ^ @DarfurUnited (15 June 2020). "To better serve its mission and values, Darfur United has decided to part ways with CONIFA effective immediately" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Surrey joins World Unity Football Alliance – International Surrey Football".
  9. ^ "The South American Council of New Federations joins WUFA". World Unity Cup 2016. July 13, 2020.
  10. ^ "Kashmir Football Association Joins WUFA". World Unity Football Alliance. July 7, 2021.