CONIFA: Changing the world - one goal at a time

Nicholas O'Brien Catt, Caroline Kaae Therbo-Pedersen, Sif Tani Nielsen-Lundberg & Csaba Luca

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This paper examines the behaviour and characteristics of CONIFA as a Global Sporting Organisation. It builds on a Constructivist and Critical Theory framework, employing concepts of Global Sporting Organisations conceptualised by Robert Forster (2006) and Forster & Pope (2004). Common characteristics of GSOs are described and then CONIFA’s differences and similarities are discussed. The paper analyses the goals of CONIFA as published in their 2018 Constitution and discusses the organisations position in relation to FIFA and to their members. It discusses themes of international recognition and legitimacy and ultimately attempts to create a greater understanding of how CONIFA simultaneously challenges and reinforces the international political order. Interviews from representatives of CONIFA and the Abkhazian Foreign Ministry provide valuable primary data and the case of Abkhazia, amongst others, shows the inherent political actions and values of CONIFA that contradict its declaration as a politically neutral organisation.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2019
Antal sider50
VejledereKlaas Dykmann