At least two former Stags, and one current will be travelling to the World Cup this summer.

But you won’t have to travel all the way to see them play, as the CONIFA World Cup takes place in London later this month.

But What is CONIFA? Sascha Düerkop, General Secretary: “The Confederation of Independent Football Associations is a global umbrella organization for national teams not under the auspices of FIFA – representing nations, minorities, isolated dependencies or cultural regions.”

Necati Gench who ended the season with Forest will feature for Northern Cyprus, who are one of the favourites for the competition.

Elsewhere, Charlie Gregory and Nikko Stokes will line up for Cascadia (roughly the Canadian province of British Columbia and the US States of Washington and Oregon).

All games will be taking place in and around London, with Enfield Town and Haringey Borough the closest grounds to east London.

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CONIFA’s main role is “to give football outsiders overseen by FIFA or left behind by their mothers country FA the chance to win their place on a global stage and advance footballwise and personally. Most of our member’s players do not have the chance to regularly play international football or are not valid to play for any of the FIFA members. Others, even if there is a theoretically opportunity to play for a FIFA member FA, have the feeling to represent a foreign country than their own. We give them the chance to play for the entity they feel part of in the bottom of their hearts.”