Abkhazia national football team, A Non-FIFA success story.

Abkhazia national football team

Abkhazia national football team is from Abkhazia which is an independent state at the Eastern coast of the Black Sea, only recognized by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and other unrecognized nations. They declared sovereignty in 1990 and were first registered in 2008 by Russia.

Georgia still today declares that Abkhazia is a part of Georgia. Regardless of the official status of recognition, Abkhazia is de-facto independent and self-governed and thus has an excellent reason to field an own national team.

The Football Federation of Abkhazia (FFA) was established in 2007 and is led by the former Dynamo Sukhum player Jemal Gubaz. During its first international tournament, the CONIFA World Football Cup 2014, Abkhazia ended 8th. Before Abkhazia played two friendly games, in 2011 against Nagorno Karabakh (1-1 and 0-3), in 2013 against South Ossetia (3-0).

Abkhazia national football team
Abkhazia national football team successes.

World Football Cup 2016

CONIFA World Football Cup 2014

Abkhazia – Occitania 0-1
Padania – Abkhazia 3-3 (4-2)
Abkhazia – South Ossetia 0-0 (0-2)
Abkhazia – Sapmi 2-1
Abkhazia – Occitania 1-1

Friendly matches

Abkhazia – Nagorno-Karabakh 1-1

Nagorno-Karabakh – Abkhazia 0-3

Abkhazia – Luhansk PR 1-0

Abkhazia – Donetsk PR 1-0

Abkhazia national football team current squad.

Abkhazia national football team

The CONIFA WORLD CUP tournament, the third iteration, was last played in 2018 in several smaller, older stadiums on the outskirts of London. Paddy Power, a British bookmaker, is the sponsor of the 2018 version, arguably a more appropriate backer than the one behind the 2016 tournament, the United Fishing Industrialists of Abkhazia.

Abkhazia national football team rankings.

CONIFA now has about 47 members around the world, ranging from areas with fully functioning governments, like Iraqi Kurdistan, to those seeking to raise awareness of their political struggles, like the Roma and the Koreans of Japan. Delvidek (Hungarians in Serbia), Greenland, Barawa (in Somalia) and the Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine are all members. Cascadia is a proposed country that includes the Pacific Northwest in the United States and parts of Canada. Tamil Eelam is the Tamil-majority areas of Sri Lanka. Matabeleland is in Zimbabwe.

The first CONIFA World Cup was held in the northern Swedish city of Ostersund, in 2014 — not far from where Mr. Blind’s family, who belong to Sweden’s indigenous Sami minority, herd their ancestral reindeer.