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Confederation of Independent Football Associations

Confederation of Independent Football Associations
Confederation of Independent Football Associations (logo).png
Formation2013; 6 years ago (2013)
TypeFederation of associations
HeadquartersLuleå, Norrbotten, Sweden
55 Members
Per-Anders Blind

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) is the international governing body for non-FIFA affiliated associations of Association Football. Currently, CONIFA is responsible for the organization of the ConIFA World Football Cup[1] and the CONIFA European Football Cup.



CONIFA was founded in 2013 to oversee international competition among the non-FIFA affiliated associations in the world. It is based in Luleå, Sweden.



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 May 2019[2]

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 Cyrpus, with Sápmi ladies beating their Northern Cypriot hosts 4-0 in the Women's Friendship Cup [3]

Women's teams

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 confirmed CONIFA members who have a women's football team

As of May 2019

See also


  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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