YIFA’s mission is to officially act as cultural guardian for the Yorkshire region – exploring and promoting its identity, dialect and language, history, geography, heritage, tradition and social wellbeing.


YIFA, or the Yorkshire Independent Fellowship Association, has its origins in two organisations: the RJS Society (est. 2011) and the Yorkshire Football Association (est. 2017). These were merged in 2019 to form the new-look YIFA, with the Yorkshire Representative Football Team continuing to exist as a subsidiary but semi-autonomous arm of the organisation.

Besides promoting and supporting the Yorkshire Representative Football Team, YIFA carries out independent research into Yorkshire history and heritage. The association also maintains a number of other initiatives including the “Yorzen” Yorkshire citizenship scheme and the “Yorkshire legends” awards and honours roll.

We’re always on the lookout for new talent and any offers of help will always be gratefully received – whether that means contributing posts, making edits to “the Yorkshire Pages”, marketing/promotional work, or whatever else your talents might extend to. We are always keen to hear from you and can be contacted at the following email address:


Last modified: 25/02/2020