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Stateless and unrecognized: Non-FIFA teams in action

Updated 1509 GMT (2309 HKT) May 30, 2014
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Darfur United is one of 12 teams playing at the ConIFA World Cup. Here the players train in one of the East Chad refugee camps set up after the conflict in Sudan. Courtesy of i-ACT
The team training has emphasized fitness and discipline ahead of the tournament in Sweden. courtesy of i-ACT
The Darfur players pose with i-ACT founder and executive director Gabriel Stauring ahead of the trip to Ostersund. Courtesy of i-ACT
Mahamat Oumar Ignegui, known as "Iggy," plays midfield and is among the leaders of the team. Courtesy of i-ACT
Iraqi Kurdistan took on Cyprus in the 2012 Viva World Cup final in Kurdistan -- the hosts won 2-1. Courtesy of ConIFA
Kurdistan fans were out in force to support their team at the 2012 tournament -- there are over 40 million stateless Kurds in the world today. Courtesy of ConIFA
Enock Barwuah -- brother of Italy and Milan forward Mario Balotelli -- and ConIFA Europe director Alberto Rischio (left) in Ostersund. Courtesy of Padania FA