Sardinia joins CONIFA – and aims to build the Sardinian national football team
The Federatzione Isport Natzionale Sardu (FINS) will represent Sardinia in the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA), it was announced in early October 2018.
The board of CONIFA has approved the membership application from FINS, and the president of CONIFA Europe, Alberto Rischio, said: “We are very happy to count Sardinia as a member of our football federation. We are delighted to welcome FINS, and its president Gabriele Cossu, to CONIFA.”
“It’s a big honour and a great responsibility for us to represent Sardinia at an international level,” Gabriele Cossu, president of FINS, explained. “We believe that sport and the national football team will help to make Sardinia and its culture better known to the rest of the world.”
The initial goal for the Sardinian team is to reach the CONIFA European Football Championship that will take place in the summer of 2019 in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic).
“In the next days, we will announce the management team that will build the national football team,” continued Cossu. “Our main goal will be to involve as many Sardinians as possible, so that we are ready for the European Football Cup in June 2019.”
What is FINS?
Federatzione Isport Natzionale Sardu (FINS) was born in 2012, with the purpose of representing and promoting Sardinian sport; building Sardinian national teams in all sports; and organising and participating in international events.
During the past six years, FINS has organised friendly matches between the Sardinian national futsal team and international selections.
What is CONIFA?
CONIFA is the international football confederation for teams not part of FIFA. Its members include states, unrecognised states, regions, minority groups and sports-isolated territories. CONIFA is a strictly politically neutral charity, and is run by volunteers.