International: Northern Cyprus

Today’s episode of our non-FIFA international series is based on somewhat of a powerhouse of the non-Fifa international game, Northern Cyprus.

Officially named the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the region is a de facto state that comprises the northeastern portion of the island of Cyprus. Recognised only by Turkey, Northern Cyprus is considered by the international community to be part of the Republic of Cyprus.

Northern Cyprus extends from the tip of the Karpass Peninsula in the northeast to Morphou Bay, Cape Kormakitis and its westernmost point, the Kokkina exclave in the west. Its southern most point is the village of Louroujina. A buffer zone under the control of the United Nations stretches between Northern Cyprus and the rest of the island and divides Nicosia, the island’s largest city and capital of both sides.

Back to football now and as we previously mentioned, Northern Cyprus are one of the sides to beat in the Non-FIFA game. The team have won a whole host of competitions since their founding in 1955 such as the FIFI World Cup, which was ran by NF-Board which was an organization for de-facto nations, states anybody non-Fifa affiliated. Northern Cyprus also won the ELF Cup which was run by the organization.

The team are currently members of ConIFA and are one of the best teams in the organization, sitting near the top of their world rankings with an ELO rating that would see them 93rd in the world if they were FIFA affiliated, Northern Cyprus have also finished 3rd and 2nd in the last two CONIFA World Cups.

Northern Cyprus are also hosted ConIFA’s first ever womens football match, they played a home match against the Sapmi national team, unfortuately losing 4-0, however what a step foward for the organization in what we are sure will be the first of many.

The Northern Cyprus team after a 3-2 win (Credit: Sky Sports)

From everyone here at Climbing The Ladder we’d just like to wish everyone at Northern Cyprus all the best for the future.

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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