This piece was originally published in Cascadia Spoke, a community publication dedicated to raising awareness of the Cascadia movement and bioregionalism.
The Department of Bioregion is excited to announce that the Cascadia Association Football Federation (CAFF) will return in 2023 to compete in the North American CONIFA Cup in Oaxaca, Mexico, and will put together our first women’s team to compete in Norway in 2024.
CAFF is proud to represent the Cascadia bioregion and North America as part of the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA), which represents countries, cultural areas and regions not recognized by the UN or FIFA. They compete in soccer matches locally and around the world to grow player opportunities, and to elevate the causes of non-recognized nations, while elevating the sport of football itself.
Entirely supporter-and volunteer-driven, CAFF was originally formed in 2014 by fans from Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. They first competed in the 2018 CONIFA World Cup in London, placing 8th in the world, and sending a team of 23 players, coaches, and representatives to compete against teams from Tibet, Kirabaldi, Tuvalu, Mann, Tamil, Cyprus, and many others.
Learn more at cascadiafootball.org.