The FSF is proud to be supporting WorldNET 2009, the annual supporters tournament run by the Internet Football Association (IFA), to be held in Leeds on the weekend of the July 24th to 26th. The FSF has agreed to produce a free programme/fanzine for all participants and spectators.
The largest tournament in its 13 year history, this year's WorldNET sees a total of 80 teams, from the across UK, as well as participants from RC Lens of France, a Nigerian Arsenal fans' team, and a UK-based St Pauli fans' team, compete in over 200 matches across the weekend in search of glory.
While there are various trophies on offer, the overriding atmosphere is one of enjoyment, and not competition. Organiser John Boocock told us: "Internet football is not just about winning, it's about building bridges between rival groups of supporters, and this tournament is the epitome of that sentiment."
The IFA was founded in 1996, and is comprised of teams of supporters who belong to internet mailing lists, websites and messageboards.
The tournament begins on Friday evening with a Scotland v England international match, and the final of the IFA Challenge Cup - the IFA's year-long knockout competition - between West Brom and Preston.