Outlandish Ideas, Part 1: International Surrey Women’s Club Cup

In a new series of “outlandish ideas” that have at one stage been thought up but never gone beyond being an initial idea, we’ll be exploring them in greater details and looking at what International Surrey Football could be or has otherwise looked into.

Today, we look at the “International Surrey Women’s Club Cup”, or more generally, a Surrey Women’s County Cup.

Currently, no Surrey only county-wide women’s competition exists that is run by the Surrey County FA. The Surrey FA instead works with the Middlesex FA, London FA and Amateur FA to run the Women’s Capital Cup covering all 4 FAs together, and in the 2019/20 season, the Combined Counties Football League ran it’s first Women’s Midweek Cup, involving 18 clubs before it was halted abruptly due to COVID-19.

Therefore the opportunity to run a county-wide cup competition in Surrey for senior women’s teams is certainly there. However, any such plan, due to its scale and the heavy involvement of club sides would in our own mind require cooperation with the Surrey FA, with the competition itself almost certainly being affiliated with the SFA but run by International Surrey Football, which would serve purely as a commercial/legal entity for the competition running the tournament’s logistics and planning.

Currently, 23 senior women’s teams in Surrey (as listed on our website) compete between the FA National League (Level 3) and level 8 of women’s football, this means at least 9 “invited” teams from outside the county may be required to provide a 32 team minimum for the competition.

So why have International Surrey Football not gone further in-depth with this idea considering that interest in women’s cup competition does exist after the CCFL announced it’s own competition? The decision comes largely down to logistics. Currently, the ISF doesn’t have the manpower to dedicate to a season-long competition that an “International Surrey Women’s Club Cup” would require. In theory, we’d expect needing at least 1 dedicated individual, with a new role going with it, to handle the regular work such a competition would likely require.

Should someone come forward or otherwise express interest in working with ISF to realise such an idea, the decision to take it forward might become reality, but we couldn’t actively commit to such a plan without that dedicated individual.

What other outlandish ideas have we come up with at International Surrey Football and how far actually are they from becoming reality? Our aspiration is to grow beyond our senior men and women’s teams and play more regular fixtures with one team or another is high in our priority list, and the continued growth of our team will allow us to explore such ideas.

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