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Nouvelle Fédération-Board
Formation 12 December 2003
Type Football Association
Membership 30 member associations
President Christian Michelis
Website www.nf-board.com

The N.F.-Board (Nouvelle Fédération-Board, NFB), unofficially Non-FIFA-Board, is a football association established on 12 December 2003. It is made up of teams that represent nations, dependencies, unrecognized states, minorities, stateless peoples, regions and micronations not affiliated to FIFA. The NFB seeks to work with FIFA to be a temporary organisation for football teams before they acquire membership in FIFA. Founder and current NFB General Secretary is Luc Misson, a lawyer who represented Belgian footballer Jean-Marc Bosman in a case that led to the Bosman ruling that established greater freedom of movement for professional players in Europe.[1]

The N.F.-Board organises matches between its member teams, stating a belief in the "right to play competitive football",[2] and organises the VIVA World Cup, which took place for the first time in November 2006, in Occitania.[3] The inaugural VIVA World Cup was won by Sápmi who defeated Monaco 21-1. Also Occitania played and Southern Cameroons were expected to participate but failed to appear. The 2nd edition of the tournament was played in Sápmi in 2008 and was contested by 5 teams, representing Sápmi, Aramean-Syriac people, Iraqi Kurdistan, Padania and Provence. The cup was won by Padania after a 2-0 win in the final against Aramean Syriac people representing team.

In July 2007 the N.F.-Board gave official sanction to its first member confederation, the CSANF (Consejo Sudamericano de Nuevas Federaciones, founded 25 May 2007) which represents non-FIFA teams in South America. The Confederation of European New Federations (CENF) which represents non-FIFA teams in Europe was in talks to affiliate with the NF-Board, but was disbanded in in 2009.[4]

During the fifth General Meeting held in December 2008, Iraqi Kurdistan, Wallonia, Gozo, Padania, Provence and Aramean Syriac were granted full membership while Sardinia was accepted as a provisional member.

In 2009 North America and Arctic New Federations (NAANF) was formed and it is in talks to form an affiliation with the NF-Board. The NAANF represents non-FIFA teams in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and the Arctic region of North America.

In September 2007 publication began of an official NFB bulletin called N.F.-Board News which reports on the organization's activities, as well as those of its members and potential members. Currently the bulletin appears four times a year under the direction of chief editor Antonello Gallo, an Italian sports journalist.

Contents

Members

Europe

Africa

Asia

North America

South America

Oceania

1: Provisional Member
2: Associate Member
3: Associate member of local confederation associated with FIFA
4: Though geographically associated with North America, politically and historically Greenland is closely tied to Europe.

NF-Board Rankings

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Men's Rankings

As of 28 December 2007

Ranking Team Points
1
 Zanzibar
1401
2
 Sápmi
1394
3
 Northern Cyprus
1369
4
 Gozo
1322
5
 Greenland
912
6
 Occitania
828
7
 Monaco
763
8
 Tibet
741
9
 Easter Island
618
10
 Romani people
416
11
 South Moluccas
415
12
 Kiribati
336
13
 Southern Cameroons
304
14
 Chechnya
243
15
 Yap
115

Women's Rankings

As of 28 December 2007

Ranking Team Points
1
 Sápmi
1131
2
 Greenland
679
3
 Kiribati
479
4
 Zanzibar
150

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