Question about non-fifa nations

Discussion in 'CONCACAF' started by Manuel_Medina, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. Manuel_Medina

    Manuel_Medina New Member

    Oct 14, 2003
    I was wondering... I know that these countries are NOT members of FIFA itself but of CONCACAF: French Guyana, Guadaloupe, Martinique and St Maarten.

    I was wondering: what would happen if they ever qualify for the World Cup? or let's say something a little more realistic like winning the Gold Cup and going to the Confederations Cup.

    My question is: would they be able to play either the Confederations Cup or the World Cup?

    Does FIFA have any official rules about this?

    I was looking at the fifa site, but I couldn't find any information about this.

    P.S. Yes, it's late at night and that's why I'm asking this type of questions :D
  2. Blue Eyed Soul

    Blue Eyed Soul New Member

    Jan 22, 2003
    Gilbert, AZ USA
    I believe the first 3 are feeders territories for France, which is obviously sanctioned; the 4th may be Dutch (?). The answer is, no, they cannot play in FIFA-sanctioned matches outside of CONCACAF, but can play friendlies outside the confederation, and can't qualify for the World Cup- that's my understanding.
  3. Manuel_Medina

    Manuel_Medina New Member

    Oct 14, 2003
  4. Davids26

    Davids26 Member

    May 31, 2000
    Can qualify for the Gold Cup and play friendlies outside CONCACAF but can't play in World Cup qualifications as they are not a FIFA member. That makes perfect sense.

    Also you omitted the French side of the island of Saint-Martin which is shared with the Dutch side called Sint Maarteen.
  5. Manuel_Medina

    Manuel_Medina New Member

    Oct 14, 2003
    But why are they part of CONCACAF and not FIFA?
    I mean... FIFA does not recognize them as an individual country like say... Puerto Rico? (I know another case, which is Gilbraltar... who can't play on any FIFA competition since FIFA hasn't recognized them as country).

    I think I answered my own question :p.
  6. Davids26

    Davids26 Member

    May 31, 2000
    France doesn't allow them to have membership in FIFA. They are basically considered a part of France, just in the Carribean.

    It's somewhat like the case of Gibralter and Spain, Spain not wanting Gibralter to get its own team, but it looks like they're slowly pushing towards their own team now.

    As for St. Maarten I supposed Holland doesn't let them participate on their own either, although I haven't seen anything that would make me believe that other than I don't think they take part in WC Qualifying.
  7. The Creeper

    The Creeper New Member

    Jul 18, 2000
    Up in MA

    Yeah, that is odd. I know that Netherlands Antilles plays in WCQ, but I really don't know anything about the specific relationship these countries are in with the mother land.
  8. AFCA

    AFCA Member

    Jul 16, 2002
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    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    The Dutch Antilles are part of the Kingdom of The Netherlands.

    They are for a large part autonomous(sp?) though.

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