It was announced just hours ago that in July of this year, the first ever CONIFA game on North American soil will take place, with Darfur United travelling to take on Cascadia. With this we thought we’d take a look at both participants and up first the home side, Cascadia.
Founded by the Cascadia Association Football Federation (CAFF) in 2012, the mission statement is made very clear by those involved with the organization, that they want to allow Cascadia with its unique cultural identity, isolated bioregion and growing society to be represented at an international level.
Its also been made very clear by the organization that Cascadia football is not a political tool, it’s mission is entirely cultural and sport focused.
As Cascadia crosses international boundaries, from the US States of Oregon and Washington to the Canadian Province of British Columbia and the fact it is wholly part of either Canada or the United States, means that Cascadia will never become part of FIFA or any other Federation other than ConIFA or similair organization. Despite this, in the past CAFF has expressed interest in co-existing as a regional representative team, of which there are many across the globe.
Since its founding, Cascadia has featured in one CONIFA World Cup, the 2018 tournament hosted by Barawa in London. At the tournament the North Americans had a mixed bag of results before eventually finishing 6th out of 16 teams, not a bad result for their first attempt.
In their latest squad, Cascadia or the ‘Dougies’ had players from across the globe wanting to represent them, from the UK, Denmark, Cyprus and from the United States. It says alot about just how proud people are of their home region and what it stands for that they would be willing to travel half way across the globe to play for them.
Everyone here at Climbing The Ladder would just like to wish everyone at Cascadia and CAFF all the best for the future and good luck in your first game in North America.