So What is the Atlantic Heritage Cup?

We keep banging on about covering the Atlantic Heritage Cup this summer, while all the Non-League sides we normally cover are on their summer break. But we realise that some people will have no clue what this tournament is, who’s playing and where it’s taking place.

The first ever non-FIFA home nations football tournament will take place in June 2019, hosted by Yorkshire International Football Association (YIFA), the tournament was set to feature Ellan Vannin (Isle of Man), Parishes of Jersey FC, and Kernow FA (Cornwall).

Since the original announcement was made, Ellan Vannin have withdrawn from the tournament, no official reasoning has been given for the withdrawal and at the moment of writing, the official plans haven’t been released.

Prioir to the withdrawal, the tournament was set to take place between the 31st May and the 2nd June, with fixtures split between Ingfield Stadium home of Ossett United and the CNG Stadium home of Harrogate Town.

The tournament is a qualifying competition for the CONIFA World Football Cup that will take place in Somaliland in 2020. The previous World Cup took place in London in 2018 and drew eyes and teams from around the globe, something we are sure will be the same this time around.

We will be at (fingers crossed) all the games, and we look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible, come and say hi!

Author: Alex Scott

Currently doing as much freelance journalism work as possible. Avid football fan and player currently at Penrith Academy.

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