We are convening this meeting at this time because there is great interest in our effort officially from the N.F.-Board and there is a slight chance we may be discussed at their annual General Meeting to take place in February in Munich, Germany. We will have an unofficial observer present at that meeting as we are not yet formally a member.
During our initial efforts to put this organization together we've talked with many people throughout Cascadia who have a wide range applicable experiences which give us confidence that will be successful in our efforts.
We've encountered individuals familiar with the 501c non-profit application process to people who have run large soccer organizations, designed scarves or kits including the current Cascadia jersey and scarves already seen in circulation at club matches for all three Cascadia MLS teams. We welcome their involvement.
This large undertaking is possible because of the incredible response we have received not only from them but from others within Cascadia and notably also from those around the globe who have reached out to help us.
The Non-FIFA football community is very interested in what we are doing and have pledged to help in whatever they can to assist us with throughout this process. The NF-Board as well as their South American confederation CSANF officially have contacted us with great interest.
We have also been encouraged by many in the non-FIFA community who believe that our application will likely be viewed favorably. Several NF-Board member Football Associations (FAs) including Quebec have even contacted us about potential friendlies already but there is still much work to be done before those can happen.
Beginning with this first general meeting we will take the first steps along the road towards turning something which people in the region have imagined into a viable reality.
We see this team as yet another expression of the passion we all have for the sport and our region as a whole. It will be another sphere of football/soccer to support between those of our local clubs and whichever FIFA national team (US, Canada or others) we support.
We welcome everyone who would like to be involved in this grassroots movement to bring CAFF to life and begin building a team to represent this region called Cascadia. Our ultimate goal is seeing that Cascadia represented at the NF-Board's VIVA World Cup, the highest level of competition for non-FIFA Football.
WHO: Cascadia Association Football Federation (CAFF) and Interested Parties
WHAT: First General Meeting
WHEN: Saturday, January 26, 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Golazo Energy Drinks Headquarters - 714 E. Pike St Seattle, WA 98122