International: Yorkshire IFA

The second episode of our new series looking at Non-Fifa Affiliated International teams has arrived and this time we aren’t travelling too far from home.

The Yorkshire International Football Association was set up on the 16th July 2017 and is associated with CONIFA footballing umbrella joining the federation on the 6th of January 2018.

In order to represent all of Yorkshire, ‘The Vikings’ have no home stadium and instead play home games around the county. The team has currently played 6 games in 5 different locations, and are set to host The Atlantic Heritage Cup this year should the tournament go ahead.

Yorkshire IFA was set up by a collection of like minded groups, from cultural, historical and sporting backgrounds, determined to raise the profile of the county, that hosts some of the proudest people in the world.

Upon the birth of the team, they had four objectives that they wanted to aim for, the first being to ‘Empower the Region’ something that the people of Yorkshire are known for is being proud of their home, this team gives them something to put that passion into. The second objective was to create a ‘Cultural Exchange’, basically to bring the things they love about Yorkshire and spread it globally and also embrace some other cultures and things that aren’t stereotypically ‘Yorkshire’. Penultimately the third objective is to ‘Raise The Profile’ of the White Rose county, and to build and help Yorkshire become an internationally renowned region to visit, invest in and to watch attractive, passionate football. Finally the county want to be competitive, the region is home to many great professional and non-league sides and many amazing players, so why not have the home of them all competeting at the top of the ‘beautiful game’.

With clear motives and targets, we can see a Yorkshire team being around for many years to come thanks to the volunteers both on and off the pitch who are very proud of their home county.

From everyone here at ‘ClimbingTheLadder’ we’d just like to wish Yorkshire good luck with the future, and we will see you this summer at your tournament this summer!

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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