2016 ConIFA World Football Cup

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2016 ConIFA World Football Cup
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Tournament details
Host country  Abkhazia
Dates 28 May – 6 June
Teams 12
Venue(s) 2 (in 2 host cities)
2014
2018

The 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup is the second edition of the ConIFA World Football Cup, an international football tournament for states, minorities, stateless peoples and regions unaffiliated with FIFA organised by ConIFA. The tournament is being hosted by the Football Federation of Abkhazia.

Host selection

Following the 2015 ConIFA European Football Cup, in which the teams from Abkhazia and South Ossetia were refused visas by the Hungarian government, ConIFA announced that they had delivered strong objections to what they saw as political interference.[1] As a consequence, in July 2015, ConIFA announced that its Executive Committee had unanimously voted to award the 2016 World Football Cup to Abkhazia. It stated that, in addition to the quality of the bid, the decision would send out the message that ConIFA would stand by all of its members.[1]

Hosts

 Abkhazia
Sukhumi Gagra
Dinamo Stadium Daur Akhvlediani Stadium
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Capacity:4,300 Capacity:1,500

Participating teams

Qualification

The 2016 World Football Cup was the first ConIFA tournament to feature qualification, as the competitors in both the previous tournament and 2015 European Football Cup were invited. The qualification process was designed around a number of different tournaments; initially, ConIFA announced that the top three teams in the 2015 EFC would gain automatic qualification for the 2016 WFC.[2] Subsequent to this decision, ConIFA announced that it would sanction a number of friendly tournaments featuring its members as part of the qualification, with the first of these being the Niamh Challenge Cup, a four team tournament hosted by Ellan Vannin.[3] A further tournament, the Benedikt Fontana Cup was also planned to be hosted by Raetia.[4] The winners of these tournaments would gain qualification to the WFC.

In addition to the hosts, and the teams that gained entry to the tournament through the qualification process, ConIFA extended an invitation to the team representing the Aymara people to become the first South American side to participate.[5]

Qualified teams

Team Continent Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Previous
appearance
Previous best
performance
Notes
Banner of the Qulla Suyu.svg Aymará South America Invitation 13 May 2015 1st N/A N/A Subsequently withdrew from competition
Isle of Man Ellan Vannin Europe Niamh Challenge Cup winners 31 May 2015 2nd 2014 Runners-up (2014) Subsequently withdrew from competition
 Padania Europe European Football Cup Winner 21 June 2015 2nd 2014 5th Place (2014) Expelled from competition subsequent to qualification; subsequently restored following withdrawal of Romani People
 County of Nice Europe European Football Cup Runner Up 21 June 2015 2nd 2014 Winners (2014) Subsequently withdrew from competition
 Abkhazia Europe Host 7 July 2015 2nd 2014 8th Place (2014)
 Raetia Europe Benedikt Fontana Cup Winners 6 September 2015 1st N/A N/A
 Somaliland Africa Selected 9 January 2016 1st N/A N/A
 Chagos Islands Asia Selected 9 January 2016 1st N/A N/A
 Iraqi Kurdistan Asia Selected 9 January 2016 2nd 2014 6th Place (2014)
Sikh Empire Panjab Asia Selected 9 January 2016 1st N/A N/A
Korea United Koreans of Japan Asia Selected 9 January 2016 1st N/A N/A
 Northern Cyprus Europe Selected 9 January 2016 1st N/A N/A
 Romani people Europe Selected 9 January 2016 1st N/A N/A Subsequently withdrew from competition
 Sápmi Europe Selected 9 January 2016 2nd 2014 10th Place (2014)
Western Armenia Western Armenia Europe Selected 9 January 2016 1st N/A N/A
Székely Land Székely Land Europe Selected 2 March 2016 1st N/A N/A Replaced Padania

The twelve participating teams were divided into three pots of four for the group stage, which would see them drawn into four groups of three. The draw was made by ConIFA World President Per-Anders Blind in Luleå on 1 April 2016:[6]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3

Withdrawals

In December 2015, following advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office over security concerns regarding travel to Abkhazia, the Manx Independent Football Alliance announced that the Ellan Vannin team would withdraw from the World Football Cup, and instead take part in the 2016 Europeada Championship in Italy.[7] Subsequently, both the Aymará team, and County of Nice also withdrew.

In March 2016, ConIFA announced that Padania had been expelled from the tournament due to procedural irregularities, to be replaced by Székely Land.[8]

In May 2016, three weeks prior to the start of the tournament, ConIFA announced that the Romani team had been forced to withdraw from the tournament due to difficulties in obtaining travel documents for their squad. Padania, who had been expelled, were invited to take the place of the Romani team.[9]

Matches

Group stage

Key to colours in group tables
Team advanced to the quarter-finals
Team in the 9th-12th place play-offs

Group A

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Abkhazia 2 2 0 0 10 0 +10 6
Western Armenia Western Armenia 2 1 0 1 12 1 +11 3
 Chagos Islands 2 0 0 2 0 21 −21 0

29 May 2016
20:00 GET
Abkhazia  9–0  Chagos Islands
Dmitri Kortava Goal 17'
Vladimir Argun Goal 20'
Dmitri Akhba Goal 34'
Albert Prus Goal 39'42'
Ruslan Shoniya Goal 47'57'
Astamur Tarba Goal 49'
Victor Pimpia Goal 90'
Report

30 May 2016
20:00 GET
Chagos Islands  0–12 Western Armenia Western Armenia
Report David Ghandilyan Goal 3'20'30'34'45'53'
Tamaz Avolian Goal 55'
Armen Kapikiyan Goal 58'81'
Ruslan Trapizoyan Goal 64'
Vahagn Militosyan Goal 69'
Hiraç Yagan Goal 73'

Group B

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Iraqi Kurdistan 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 6
Korea United Koreans of Japan 2 1 0 1 1 3 −2 3
Székely Land Székely Land 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0

29 May 2016
15:00 GET
Iraqi Kurdistan  3–0 Székely Land Székely Land
Farhang Wriya Goal 34'
Farhan Shakor Goal 55'
Hunar Ahmed Goal 73'
Report

31 May 2016
15:00 GET
United Koreans of Japan Korea 0–3  Iraqi Kurdistan
Report Diyar Rahman Goal 27'
Miran Khesro Goal 45' (pen)
Hunar Ahmad Goal 73'

Group C

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Northern Cyprus 2 2 0 0 9 1 +8 6
 Padania 2 1 0 1 7 2 +5 3
 Raetia 2 0 0 2 0 13 −13 0

29 May 2016
11:00 GET
Padania  1–2  Northern Cyprus
Matteo Prandelli Goal 48' Report Ünal Kaya Goal 62'
Halil Turan Goal 67'

30 May 2016
11:00 GET
Raetia  0–6  Padania
Matteo Prandelli Goal 23'35'54'61'
Nicolo Mercorillo Goal 21'
Andrea Rota Goal 80'

31 May 2016
11:00 GET
Northern Cyprus  7–0  Raetia
Esin Sonay Goal 5'13'48'
Tansel Ekingen Goal 60'
Hüseyin Sadiklar Goal 73'
Halil Turan Goal 81'87'

Group D

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Sikh Empire Panjab 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 6
 Sápmi 2 1 0 1 5 1 +4 3
 Somaliland 2 0 0 2 0 10 −10 0

29 May 2016
15:00 GET
Sápmi  5–0  Somaliland
Lars Iver Strand Goal 15'
Jarkko Lahdenmäki Goal 50'
Jon Steinar Eriksen Goal 60'
Stein Arne Mannsverk Goal 70'
Hans Åge Yndestad Goal 80'
Report

30 May 2016
15:00 GET
Sápmi  0–1 Sikh Empire Panjab
Report Gurjit Singh Goal 8'

31 May 2016
15:00 GET
Somaliland  0–5 Sikh Empire Panjab
Amar Purewal Goal 30'67'80'
Arjun Purewal Goal 38'
Gurjit Singh Goal 74'

Knockout stage

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
1 June – Sukhumi        
 Korea United Koreans of Japan  1 (1)
4 June – Sukhumi
  Northern Cyprus  1 (3)  
  Northern Cyprus  
1 June – Sukhumi
     Winner Match 14    
  Abkhazia  
5 June – Sukhumi
  Sápmi    
 Winner Match 23  
2 June – Sukhumi    
   Winner Match 24  
  Iraqi Kurdistan  
4 June – Sukhumi
  Padania    
 Winner Match 15   Third place
2 June – Sukhumi
     Winner Match 16     5 June – Sukhumi
 Western Armenia Western Armenia  
 Loser Match 23  
 Sikh Empire Panjab    
 Loser Match 24  
 

Quarter-Finals

1 June 2016
15:00 GET
United Koreans of Japan Korea 1–1  Northern Cyprus
Song Tae On Goal 53' Ünal Kaya Goal 30'
  Penalties  
Penalty missed
Penalty scored
Penalty scored
Penalty missed
2–4 Penalty scored
Penalty scored
Penalty scored
Penalty scored

1 June 2016
20:00 GET
Abkhazia  Match 14  Sápmi

2 June 2016
15:00 GET
Iraqi Kurdistan  Match 15  Padania

Semi-Finals

4 June 2016
15:00 GET
Northern Cyprus  Match 23 Winner Match 14

4 June 2016
20:00 GET
Winner Match 15 Match 24 Winner Match 16

Third-Place Play-Off

5 June 2016
15:00 GET
Loser Match 23 Match 27 Loser Match 24

Final

5 June 2016
20:00 GET
Winner Match 23 Match 28 Winner Match 24

Placement Rounds

Placement round 1 Placement round 2 Placings
2 June – Gagra 3 June – Gagra 5th place
 Chagos Islands Loser Match 17 6th Place
 Somaliland Loser Match 18 7th Place
2 June – Gagra 3 June - Gagra 8th Place
Székely Land Székely Land Winner Match 17 9th Place
 Raetia Winner Match 18 10th Place
3 June - Sukhumi 4 June - Gagra 11th Place
Korea United Koreans of Japan Loser Match 19 12th Place
Loser Match 14 Loser Match 20
3 June - Sukhumi 4 June - Gagra
Loser Match 15 Winner Match 19
Loser Match 16 Winner Match 20

Placement Round 1

3 June 2016
15:00 GET
United Koreans of Japan Korea Match 19 Loser Match 14

3 June 2016
20:00 GET
Loser Match 15 Match 20 Loser Match 16

Placement Round 2

3 June 2016
11:00 GET
Loser Match 17 Match 21 Loser Match 18

3 June 2016
15:00 GET
Winner Match 17 Match 22 Winner Match 18

4 June 2016
11:00 GET
Loser Match 19 Match 25 Loser Match 20

4 June 2016
15:00 GET
Winner Match 19 Match 26 Winner Match 20

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Looking back and moving forward!". ConIFA. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  2. "European Football Cup 2015". ConIFA. Confederation of independent Football Associations. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  3. "Ellan Vannin to host tournament at end of month". Yorkshire Evening Post. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  4. "Benedikt Fontana Cup". ConIFA. Confederation of Independent Football Associations. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  5. Jockel, Jens (16 May 2015). "Signing of Team Aymara – Chile-Trip of our South America Director". ConIFA. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  6. The official draw CONIFA World Football Cup 2016 (Video). ConIFA. 1 April 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  7. "Ellan Vannin set for new European adventure". IOM Today. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  8. "Replacement in ConIFA WFC 2016". Facebook. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  9. "BREAKING!Sad news approached us from the Romani People Football Team". Facebook. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 

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