Second VIVA World Cup

Next year’s European Football Championships are scheduled for June 7-29. Switzerland and Austria are sharing hosting duties, with matches scheduled in Vienna, Klagenfurt, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Zurich, Basel, Bern, and Geneva. Overseen by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the Championship will have Austria and Switzerland mobbed with soccer-mad Europeans from every corner of the continent.

A few weeks later, from July 7 through 13, the second VIVA World Cup, a competition run with far less fanfare, will take place in the Swedish city of Gällivare. Hosted by the Sápmi Football Association, the football club of the indigenous Arctic Sámi people, the VIVA World Cup allows teams representing nations and subnational groupings without membership in the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) to compete against other subnational groupings. An umbrella organization called the Nouvelle Fédération-Board (or NF-Board) offers a form of legitimization.

Participating teams represent a hodgepodge of entities: microstates, breakaway regions, places with a strong regional identity, and transnational peoples like the Sápmi and the Roma. Among European members of the NF-Board are Chechnya, Wallonia, Occitania, and Monaco.

The VIVA World Cup site doesn’t yet amount to much, so we’re breaking with convention by linking to the Wikipedia NF-Board page, which lists NF-Board members.

Klagenfurt in June and Gällivare in July? Why not?

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Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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