PORTLAND, OR - JULY 14: Fans of the Portland Timbers celebrate a goal against the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 14, 2012 at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
We're huge fans of Cascadian identity here at Stumptown Footy. If you didn't already know, we put together a mock Cascadian National Team earlier this year with the help of the Twitter community. Still, as much as we were fans of the idea, I don't think any of us expected anything to actually happen. Cascadia is just a way to culturally identity with our neighbors rather than with a nation so large that sometimes it honestly feels like we have nothing in common. I'm looking at you Alabama! (A joke for any Alabaman implants.)
However, according to the CascadiaNow! website -- a site for discussing the Cascadian Independence Movement and Cascadian cultural events -- it appears that the formation of a 501(c) non-profit entity is being discussed for the formation of the Cascadia Association Football Federation. Said organization would then be eligible to play in the VIVA World Cup, a FIFA World Cup-like entity for nations or cultural groups not yet represented or not eligible to be represented within FIFA. Think Kurdistan as the obvious example, or Catalonia.
Everything appears to still be in the very early stages of the foundation of such an organization, but it would certainly be an interesting foray into nation building. Not that the VIVA World Cup is anywhere near the FIFA World Cup in levels of talent or general awareness, but sometimes great things need to start small.
What do you guys think of forming a Cascadia soccer association?