Yorkshire footballers get a chance to go global

Footballers from Yorkshire have the chance this weekend to secure an opportunity to represent their county on the international stage.

The Yorkshire International Football Association (YIFA) formed in July and now has a head coach, a team coach and even their own kit.

YIFA will hold public trials this Sunday, with the ultimate goal to compete on the world stage with teams not formally recognised by football’s international governing body, FIFA.

Philip Hegarty, the chairman of YIFA, said: “We are primarily looking for people who were born in Yorkshire but if players have a lot of potential and only have a distant connection to Yorkshire we would reconsider.”

Teams such as Tibet, Greenland, Zanzibar and Kiribati are listed as potential opponents.

The trials will be held at Hemsworth Miners Welfare FC, in Pontefract, and will start at noon.