Non-FIFA and Other Soccer

Non-FIFA Soccer

There are a number of Non-FIFA Soccer Organisations in the World – the International Island Games Association (IIGA), The Federation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA), CSANF – The Regional Body for Non-FIFA Football in South America, which includes CONADI / ANPO – the National Association of Indiginous Peoples.

Futsal, Football Fives, and Arena, Beach & Street Soccer

In addition there are other versions of Soccer, such as Arena Soccer (Played on converted Ice Hockey Rinks with walls – primarily in North America), Futsal (Another 5-a-side version of Soccer played Indoors on an Olympic Handball court with out-of-bounds lines), Beach Soccer and Street Soccer.

CONIFA Euro 2017 North Cyprus Logo
CONIFA Euro 2017 North Cyprus Logo

CONIFA (the Confederation of Independent Football Associations) is the governing body for non-FIFA recognised countries, Small Island Nations, Minority Regions within FIFA-recognised Countries, and Breakaway Republics. CONIFA’s Primary Competition is the CONIFA World Cup.



CONIFA (Federation of Independent Football Federations)

CONIFA World Football Cup (Editions): 

CONIFA World Football Cup Africa Qualifying (Editions):

CONIFA European Football Cup (Editions): 

NF-Board (New Federation Board)

VIVA World Cup (Editions): 


The CSANF (the Regional Body for Non-FIFA Football in South America) was founded in 2007 for the promotion of sport and culture for Nations, Islands, Communities, Territories and Minorities that are not members of FIFA. As part of the CSANF, CONADI & ANPO (National Association of Indigineous Peoples) organised the first National Championship of Indigineous Peoples in Chile in 2012.

CSANF (South American Council of New Federations)


CONADI / ANPO National Soccer Championship of Native Peoples in Chile (Seasons): 

IIGA Island Games Isle of Man 1985
IIGA Island Games Isle of Man 1985

The International Island Games Association held its Inaugural Games on the Isle of Man in 1985. Initially just between 7 islands in Norway and the United Kingdom, the International Island Games Association has grown to include members as far away as Aland Islands (Finland), Bermuda (North Atlantic), Greenland (Arctic) and Gibraltar (Mediterranean). It holds the IIGA Island Games every second year, including events in many of the sports, both individual and team, that the Summer Olympic Games holds.

IIGA (International Island Games Association)


IIGA Island Games Football (Editions):

Vatican City State Flag
Vatican City State Flag

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The Vatican City State is neither a member of FIFA or CONIFA, and has played members of both. It runs an 8-team National League, with a blue card in addition to the red and yellow cards for persistent fouling where players spend five minutes in the sinbin. Anyone who lives in the State is eligible for the National Team. It has a Women’s Team as well as a Men’s National team.

Other Soccer Nations and States

Vatican City State;

Vatican City State Football

 (Non-CONIFA and Non-FIFA, has played both CONIFA and FIFA countries).

Arena Soccer (North America) and Futsal (South America)

Arena Soccer was codified in Canada and is played on convderted Ice Hockey rinks. There is no out-of-bounds and the ball may bounce off the wall back into play. Futsal (Futbol de Salon – literally Indoor Football) was codified in Uruguay in 1930 and is played on the same court as Olympic (Team) Handball. There are out-of-bounds lines as in standard 11-a-side Soccer but in the case of Futsal the ball must be kicked back into play rather than thrown. In both Arena Soccer and Futsal the attacking team must pass the ball into a semi-circle surrounding the defending team’s goal before they are allowed to shoot. Goals are the smaller Ice Hockey and Olympic Handball goals respectively.

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UEFA Futsal Cup

UEFA Futsal Cup

UEFA Futsal Championship (Editions): 

2009-10 (Pending Review)

UEFA Futsal Champions League (Results)

UEFA Futsal Cup (Overviews):

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Arena Soccer was invented in Canada, and is played on a converted Ice Hockey Arena, with walls rather than an out of bounds line. It is primarily played in the Canada, USA & Mexico, where there is a Major Professional League, Major Arena Soccer League.

Arena Soccer Leagues


Major Arena Soccer Leagues

Major Arena Soccer League 2014-Present

Professional Arena Soccer League 2011-2014

Major Indoor Soccer League 2009-2014

Division 2 Arena Soccer Leagues

Major Arena Soccer League 2 2017-2020

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