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CONIFA WORLD CUP

DonkeyAssessor

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Between 31 May and 9 June, CONIFA (Confederation of Independent Football Associations) is holding the 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup in London. CONIFA is a politically neutral NGO run by volunteers with the desire to be 'FIFA for teams outside FIFA' – but with a focus on transparency and equality. CONIFA's aims are simple: we want everyone in the world to be able to enjoy and play football – no matter their race, religion, gender or politics.


In total, CONIFA now represents over 320 million people worldwide and amongst the more recognisable teams coming to London are Tibet and Panjab, whose diaspora community in the UK totals over 800,000 people and can expect a warm welcome when they play their games at Slough Town FC.


Some of the teams amongst the 16 qualifiers have endured massive hardships to compete. The Kabylia team from Algeria had to play their games in secret for fear of police reprisals and when they qualified their FA president was arrested. Matabeleland in Zimbabwe are using football to repair the wounds of genocide. Tuvalu, a tiny Pacific island, will travel over 9,000 miles to get a chance to discuss the fact their island will be one of the first nations to be rendered uninhabitable by global warming.


The World Football Cup is a grassroots World Cup for real fans who are tired of the prima donnas, divers and multi-millionaires and it's happening at non-league stadiums all over London and the surrounding region.

Tickets are available from Eventim, £10 for adults and £5 Under-18s in advance.
http://www.eventim.co.uk/tickets.html?affiliate=EUK&doc=artistPages%2Ftickets&fun=artist&action=tickets&erid=2120589&includeOnlybookable=false&x10=1&x11=conifa
 

DonkeyAssessor

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The full CONIFA WORLD CUP group schedule is

Thursday 31 May


12pm, Gander Green Lane (Sutton United FC): Ellan Vannin v Cascadia (Group A) –

12pm, Queen Elizabeth II Stadium (Enfield Town FC): Abkhazia v Tibet (Group B) –

12pm, Coles Park Stadium (Haringey Borough FC): Székely Land v Tuvalu (Group C) –

12pm, Colston Avenue Football Stadium (Carshalton Athletic FC): United Koreans in Japan v Western Armenia (Group D) –

3pm, Queen Elizabeth II Stadium (Enfield Town FC): Northern Cyprus v Karpatalya (Group B) –

3pm, Gander Green Lane (Sutton United FC): Padania v Matabeleland (Group C) –

3pm, Arbour Park (Slough Town FC): Panjab v Kabylia (Group D) –

7pm, Hayes Lane (Bromley FC): 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup Opening Ceremony

8pm, Hayes Lane (Bromley FC): Barawa v Tamil Eelam (Group A) –

Friday 1 June

Rest day

Saturday 2 June

2pm, Colston Avenue Football Stadium (Carshalton Athletic FC): Barawa v Cascadia (Group A) –

2pm, Queen Elizabeth II Stadium (Enfield Town FC): Abkhazia v Karpatalya (Group B) –

2pm: Coles Park Stadium (Haringey Borough FC): Székely Land v Matabeleland (Group C) –

2pm, Larges Lane (Bracknell Town FC): United Koreans in Japan v Kabylia (Group D) –

5pm, Colston Avenue Football Stadium (Carshalton Athletic FC): Ellan Vannin v Tamil Eelam (Group A) –

5pm, Queen Elizabeth II Stadium (Enfield Town FC): Northern Cyprus v Tibet (Group B) –

5pm: Coles Park Stadium (Haringey Borough FC): Padania v Tuvalu (Group C) –

5pm, Arbour Park (Slough Town FC): Panjab v Western Armenia (Group D) –

Sunday 3 June

3pm: Coles Park Stadium (Haringey Borough FC): Barawa v Ellan Vannin (Group A) –

3pm, St Paul’s Sports Ground (Fisher FC): Tamil Eelam v Cascadia (Group A) –

3pm, Queen Elizabeth II Stadium (Enfield Town FC): Abkhazia v Northern Cyprus (Group B) –

3pm, Larges Lane (Bracknell Town FC): Karpatalya v Tibet (Group B) –

6pm, Coles Park Stadium (Haringey Borough FC): Tuvalu v Matabeleland (Group C)

6pm, Bedfont Recreation Ground (Bedfont Sports FC): Padania v Székely Land (Group C) –

6pm, Queen Elizabeth II Stadium (Enfield Town FC): Western Armenia v Kabylia (Group D) –

6pm, Arbour Park (Slough Town FC): Panjab v United Koreans in Japan (Group D) –

Note. Check venues for fixtures when applying for tickets / before setting off, as possibly still subject to change.
 
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DonkeyAssessor

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The placement stages:-

Tuesday 5 June

3pm, Gander Green Lane (Sutton United FC): Quarter-Final A (Group A Winner v Group B Runner-Up) –

3pm, Larges Lane (Bracknell Town FC): Quarter-Final B (Group C Winner v Group D Runner-Up) –

3pm, Hayes Lane (Bromley FC): Quarterfinal A for Places 9-16 (3rd, Group A v 4th, Group B) –

3pm, Queen Elizabeth II Stadium (Enfield Town FC): Quarterfinal B for Places 9-16 (3rd, Group C v 4th, Group D) –

6pm, Gander Green Lane (Sutton United FC): Quarter-Final C (Group A Runner-Up v Group B Winner) –

6pm, Hayes Lane (Bromley FC): Quarter-Final D (Group C Runner-Up v Group D Winner) –

6pm, Parkside (Aveley FC): Quarterfinal C for Places 9-16 (4th, Group A v 3rd, Group B) –

6pm, Larges Lane (Bracknell Town FC): Quarterfinal D for Places 9-16 (4th, Group C v 3rd, Group D) –

Wednesday 6 June

Rest day

Thursday 7 June

12pm, Parkside (Aveley FC): Semifinal A for Places 13-16 –

12pm, Gander Green Lane (Sutton United FC): Semifinal B for Places 13-16 –

12pm, Queen Elizabeth II Stadium (Enfield Town FC): Semifinal A for Places 9-12 –

12pm, Hayes Lane (Bromley FC): Semifinal B for Places 9-12 –

3pm, Gander Green Lane (Sutton United FC): Semifinal A for Places 5-8 –

3pm, Hayes Lane (Bromley FC): Semifinal B for Places 5-8 –

5pm, Colston Avenue Football Stadium (Carshalton Athletic FC): Semifinal A (Winner, Quarterfinal A v Winner, Quarterfinal B) –

8pm, Colston Avenue Football Stadium (Carshalton Athletic FC): Semifinal B (Winner, Quarterfinal C v Winner, Quarterfinal D) –

Friday 8 June

Rest day

Saturday 9 June

12pm, Bedfont Recreation Ground (Bedfont Sports FC): 15th/16th Placement Game –

12pm, Parkside (Aveley FC): 13th/14th Placement Game –

12pm, St Paul’s Sports Ground (Fisher FC): 11th/12th Placement Game –

3pm, Coles Park Stadium (Haringey Borough FC): 9th/10th Placement Game –

3pm, Parkside (Aveley FC): 7th/8th Placement Game –

3pm, St Paul’s Sports Ground (Fisher FC): 5th/6th Placement Game –

3pm, Queen Elizabeth II Stadium (Enfield Town FC): Third Place Play-Off (Loser, Semifinal A v Loser, Semifinal B) –

6pm, Queen Elizabeth II Stadium (Enfield Town FC): Grand Final (Winner, Semifinal A v Winner, Semifinal B) –

8.30pm, Queen Elizabeth II Stadium (Enfield Town FC): 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup Closing Ceremony
 

Dulwich Mishi

Old Skool Terrace Dinosaur-embracing the new-veau!
R.I.P.
Shame they don't do a package of cheaper tickets...and there's no discount for two in one day at the same place.

Will go to a few, but sadly wouldn't be able to afford more with their pricing...
 

Pink Panther

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Pleased to see Champion Hill not being used for this. Does anyone know if it was considered?
It looks like all the venues bar Enfield have artificial pitches so probably not.

I'd quite like Meadow to try hiring it out to someone else for something like this, because I'm sure there would be no danger of 1,000+ Hamlet supporters turning up, invading the pitch and getting the match abandoned!
 

Dulwich Mishi

Old Skool Terrace Dinosaur-embracing the new-veau!
R.I.P.
Surely they should be budgeting for low crowds and cover it by their Paddy Power, and other sponsorship.

Because you have to fund teams that might have travelled long distance isn't a reason for charging over the odds as far as I'm concerned. £10 per game plus a £1 booking fee, or £12 at the gate.

OR...to put it more honestly £22 in advance or £24 on the day to watch potentially four very mediocre sides who Peckham Town at full strength from Step Seven would comfortably see off on a good day, at the same ground on a match day at the same ground, if you so choose. The Vase/Trophy double header was only a pound more!
 

Pink Panther

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I would have thought that the biggest imponderable is the standard of play you can expect to see. For a start Northern Cyprus could probably draw enough decent players form their global diaspora to form a side that would give any Isthmian League team more than a run for its money, therefore paying Isthmian Premier prices would be reasonable, but when I saw their squad list they all seemed to be drawn from small Cypriot clubs with one bloke from a London Sunday League club.

I would genuinely have no idea what standard to expect.
 

blueheaven

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I would have thought that the biggest imponderable is the standard of play you can expect to see. For a start Northern Cyprus could probably draw enough decent players form their global diaspora to form a side that would give any Isthmian League team more than a run for its money, therefore paying Isthmian Premier prices would be reasonable, but when I saw their squad list they all seemed to be drawn from small Cypriot clubs with one bloke from a London Sunday League club.

I would genuinely have no idea what standard to expect.
Even if there were good professional players eligible for these teams (and I'm sure there must be some), I'm not convinced their clubs would release them to play in this competition.

Slight tangent here but I fancied buying one of the t-shirts on the tournament website and was all set to order one until I noticed the Paddy Power logo on them. Put me right off.
 

bkbk

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At the Cascadia v Tamil game and Cascadia have Joel Nouble and Tay Hayden-Smith playing for them, who played for Thurrock and Merstham respectively last season.
 

toby kempton

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I've been to a few games and matabeleland had a bucket collection with a man handing out million doller notes from zimbabwe
 

belboid

TUC Off Your Knees
I would have thought that the biggest imponderable is the standard of play you can expect to see. For a start Northern Cyprus could probably draw enough decent players form their global diaspora to form a side that would give any Isthmian League team more than a run for its money, therefore paying Isthmian Premier prices would be reasonable, but when I saw their squad list they all seemed to be drawn from small Cypriot clubs with one bloke from a London Sunday League club.

I would genuinely have no idea what standard to expect.
There's a European Cup winner playing!

Okay, so he's sixty, but still....

First use of green cards too, might be interesting
 
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