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.

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Since the original announcement was made, Ellan Vannin have withdrawn from the tournament, no official reasoning has been given for the withdrawal and at the moment of writing, the official plans haven’t been released.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