YIFA are getting set for their third `international` in London on April 15th.
YIFA, the Yorkshire Independent Football Association, is a non-affiliated group formed with the purpose of establishing a Yorkshire football team to enter into international competition.
A not-for-profit organisation, YIFA first became an entity on July 16th, 2017 – the result of a discussion between a number of like-minded cultural, historical and sporting groups, all determined to raise the international profile of the Yorkshire region.
YIFA has played two games since forming, sharing a 1-1 draw with Isle of Man-based Ellan Vannin in their opener in January.
Jordan Coduri scored Yorkshire’s first ever international goal as The Vikings fought back to draw.
Furo Davies had given the fourth-ranked CONIFA side the lead just 2 minutes after coming on, before Coduri scored a fine equaliser just minutes later.
In the second game, YIFA earned a convincing 6-0 win over Chagos Islands at Hemsworth Miners Welfare’s Yorkshire NuBuilds Stadium last week.
The Chagos Islands is a group of seven atolls comprising more than sixty individual tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, situated some 500 km due south of the Maldives.
Officially part of the British Indian Ocean Territory, the Chagos were home to the Chagossians for more than a century and a half.
The UK evicted them in the early 1970s and allowed the USA to build a military base on Diego Garcia, the largest of the Chagos Islands.
Today the Chagossians live in diaspora mainly in the Seychelles and the UK.
The next venture for YIFA takes place on 15th April at Haringey Borough`s Coles Park, White Hart Lane, London against Barawa, who represent the Somali diaspora in England.
The squad for the opening two games was mainly a mixture of players from the Evo-Stik League North and Toolstation Northern Counties East League.
George CLARKE – Brighouse Town
Ed HALL – Bradford Park Avenue
Eddy BUSFIELD – Nostell Miners Welfare
James HURTLEY – Brighouse Town
Andy McMANUS – Athersley Recreation
Josh SNOWDEN – Ossett Town
Jordan CODURI – Penistone Church FC
Rich COLLIER – Hemsworth Miners Welfare
Steve CRAWFORD – Beeston St. Anthony’s AFC
Adam HAYTON – Hemsworth Miners Welfare
Josh HOBSON – Stocksbridge Park Steels
Paddy McGUIRE – Thackley AFC
Ben RHODES – Stocksbridge Park Steels
Kurtis TURNER – Stocksbridge Park Steels
Tom DUGDALE – Frickley Athletic
Billy MOLE – Nostell Miners Welfare
Matt BRADLEY – Dinnington Town
Callum CHARLTON – Ossett Albion
Nathan KEIGHTLEY – Penistone Church
Seon RIPLEY – Ossett Town