This is the first in a four-part series looking at a selection of non-league stadiums chosen to host CONIFA Football World Cup Matches in London this summer
In its 6th year, Stade Pierre-Mauroy is beginning to look a little worn on the outside, but overall it’s an impressive modern arena to watch a game. With the 2024 Olympic games set to use the Pierre Mauroy as part of its football competition, it could be argued its best days lie ahead.
CONIFA (the Confederation of Independent Football Associations) will hold its 3rd World Cup. Barawa won the right to host the tournament, their FA represent part of the worldwide Somali diaspora in England announcing London as their preferred tournament location.
To travel the 11 miles from central London to Wembley Stadium is to arrive at a true coliseum of football. If any stadium should have had the tag ‘theatre of dreams’ it’s this one. Very few stadiums in the world transcend their raison d’être quite like Wembley does.
Stadion An Der Alten Forsterei (translated to stadium next to the old foresters house) opened in 1920. Terraced on three sides there are just 3,617 seats, all located in the main stand (haupttribune). The stadium has been the focus of redevelopments over the last 30 years which have resulted in a modern, bright and fit for purpose stadium.