International: The Parishes of Jersey FC

With the football season being finished for the Summer break for the vast majority, we decided it was time to fill the gap with a new series.

As we’ve been going on about for a while now on Twitter, we are going to start looking at Non-Fifa affiliated national teams from across the globe, centered around CONIFA’s Atlantic Heritage Cup.

Given that, the first nation we are going to look at are The Parishes of Jersey.

A newly established side, the Parishes of Jersey team was founded in the summer of 2018 by former Jersey International James Scott following the Jersey Football Association’s unsuccessful attempt to join UEFA. After their application was rejected the island was invited to join CONIFA by general secretary Sascha Düerkop in June 2018 and just a couple of months later Jersey officially joined the organization after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Jersey Football Association.

Since forming, Jersey have already played their first game with a team of players based on the island, welcoming fellow CONIFA newcomers Yorkshire and the teams played out a friendly with Jersey won 2-1. One game, one win, not a bad start at all.

After playing their first game, Jersey have since put themselves in with a shot of attending the CONIFA World Cup in 2020 after announcing that they will be playing in the Atlantic Heritage Cup hosted by Yorkshire this summer, where the winner qualifies for the tournament in Matabeleland.

Everyone here at ‘Climbing The Ladder’ would like to wish everyone in the parishes all the best for their upcoming games.

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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