DJLiesel wrote:I thought it was more a case of the IoMFA did not want to join, but elements within it did, so they formed MIFA. But anyway it's something which may apply in other cases - essentially a splinter group within the established association. Again, this is common in football history anyway, for different reasons - for example dissident associations in the early days of professionalism etc.
Even the Isle of Man itself was never hold back to join CONIFA by anyone of The FA/UEFA/FIFA. They just didn't "dare to try".
It depends on who you call "the FA". The IOMFA leadership did not want to join CONIFA. The official reason was that they are unsure of the reactions this might cause from FIFA/UEFA/The FA. The players, coaches and referees, however, were extremely keen to take the opportunity. A club owner (who was not part of the IOMFA executive and thus might not be called "splinter group") then founded MIFA anticipating that a) This will avoid any sanctions against the IOMFA as they are not officially involved and b) Players, Coaches and referees can take their chances.
However, the IOMFA never said "we will not join CONIFA", but basically asked for more time to properly investigate. And MIFA never wanted to "replace" them, but was more looking to ease the situation for everyone.
Finally, as said before, the "higher levels" (The FA/UEFA/FIFA) never took a stand on that case and never forbid the IOMFA to join CONIFA.