The Confia World Cup kicked off last week in London, an independent football tournament for nations not recognised by FIFA.
From the East of Asia Tibet entered the competition along with United Koreans in Japan. While many of the nations competing have stories to tell of their search for independence as a free nation, Tibet is the one that stands out.
It would be impossible to explain the situation in Tibet and do it justice but in simple terms is a region covering much of the Tibetan Plateau in Central Asia. This region is seen by the Chinese as their own and as such although it is governed by a People's Government, led by a Chairman. In practice, Tibet has to follow the Communist Party of China practices and laws.
The people of Tibet then see themselves as being part of their own country and not being part of China. As you can imagine this causes issues with the Chinese and their government. You would then not be surprised to hear that Tibet's involvement in the Confia Cup as not gone down well in China. To read more about this you can see the independent's in-depth look at this.
Taking all this away Tibet is at the competition and are looking to do their country proud. The side does have faith on their side during the 10-day tournament and this was seen with the Dalai Lama blessing the side pre-tournament.
Despite this Tibet have failed to make an impact on the pitch as the side who was given a wildcard to enter have failed to win a game. Although they still have one last game today at 3 pm (Local time) against Ellan Vannin, this should be a good entertaining game against the side that is the most local.
As Ellan Vannin is representing the Isle of Man an island off the coast of England with a population of around 83,000. This match will be a placement game which all clubs who did not qualify for the quarter-finals will play. According to Confia, this is done to ensure they keep to the core mission: giving everyone an opportunity to play football.
Away from Tibet, the competition has been a huge success so far with some high profile names being on display such as referee Mark Clattenburg and footballer James Riley formally of LA Galaxy representing Cascadia.
While former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar is managing Matabeleland a side representing the Ndebele people of Zimbabwe.
The crowds have been good also over the five days as all group matches took place. With the stadiums all being non-league grounds around London it was great for the locals to come out and support the competition while also getting to visit new stadiums.
I am sure then that Paul Watson, Confia’s director will be very pleased so far and will be looking forward to the next five days and we wait and see who will be the champions of Confia.