Nouvelle Fédération-Board Formation 12 December 2003 Type Football Association Membership 27 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.
The N.F.-Board organises matches between its member teams, stating a belief in the "right to play competitive football", and organises the VIVA World Cup, which took place for the first time in November 2006, in Occitania. The inaugural VIVA World Cup was won by Sápmi who defeated Monaco 21-1. Occitania also took part. A fourth team, Southern Cameroons, were expected to participate but failed to appear. The second 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 the Aramean Syriac 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. Five members were named: Archipelago of Juan Fernández (2009), Rapa Nui - Easter Island (2009, special member), Lican Antai Nation (2009), Quechua Nation (2009) and Aymara Nation (2010). 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 2009. In 2009 North America and Arctic New Federations (NAANF or CNANF - Confederation of North American New Federations?) 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.
In May 2010, Monaco left the NF-Board citing "For political reason, we are not authorized by our Government to play against some teams. We also had some problems with the NF Board and teams of the association who used pictures of the national football team of Monaco and the Prince Albert as advertisement for their many exhibitions without authorisations. We were very disappointed about this last point which deserves us."
The NF-Board do not maintain a full list of their members. The following organisations have taken part in at least one VIVA World Cup match:
- Monaco - left in May 2010
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