The inaugural CONIFA World Cup is set to kick off in Bromley with an opening ceremony in May.

International teams will be welcomed to south London to celebrate the beautiful game.

CONIFA is an association which represents 330 million stateless or minority people.

Bromley FC’s Hayes Lane will host the opening ceremony of the games on Thursday (31 May).

The alternative to the FIFA World Cup in Russia is running from May 31 to June 9 with 16 teams playing.

Stateless countries like Punjab and Northern Cyprus and nations enduring ecological destruction like Tuvalu in the Pacific Ocean will take part.

A team made up of refugees from countries like India, Australia and the USA, will also descend on London for the football festival.

John Jones, from the Free Tibet Campaign, said: “This is going to be a high-octane, high-spirited sporting event which may also serve to highlight the plight of the Tibetan people who have lived under a brutal Chinese military occupation for 70 years.”

Fixtures and available tickets, which are priced at £10, can be found here