International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that Surrey will host a stage of the WUFA World Series, an international competition organised under the World Unity Football Alliance banner, the first decentralised tournament by the alliance. The multi-stage tournament allows WUFA members host a series of localised tournaments to support greater team participation while helping to reduce costs, especially travel. The 4-team Surrey Stage of the tournament will be the first tournament being organised by WUFA members.
The WUFA World Series name is to reflect the tournament’s truly global reach, not limiting non-FIFA events to a single large scale annual event, and instead support a number of localised tournament’s taking place across the world, while the “Surrey Stage” of the tournament is the first to be announced, it’s not the only one being planned amidst the global backdrop in 2021, but this localisation approach by WUFA aids members in avoiding many of the travel and financial limitations typical of a non-FIFA tournament, made only more restrictive in the midst of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. While the ability for teams to take part in tournaments is restricted currently, it’s hoped that future World Series tournaments will improve overall access, not only to individual teams, but also supporters with the event being more viable in certain countries and regions such as North America where few non-FIFA games and tournaments have been able to be held in the past.
The format of the Surrey stage of the new non-FIFA tournament will be reminiscent of followers of the Southern Frontier Cup and will consist of a 4 team in a knockout format, teams were drawn randomly to determine semi-final matches with games played back to back, the winners of each fixture will progress to the final, while the losers of each fixture will progress to the third-place playoff, final and third-place playoff games would be played the following day. Different stages of the WUFA World Series may choose to adopt different formats for their respective stages.
The tournament will be held behind closed doors with no spectators by International Surrey Football at Merrist Wood College, near Guildford. The teams participating in the tournament will be announced tomorrow and the Semi-Final Matchups, already drawn will be announced on Thursday ahead of the men’s team’s first training session since their last game held on 22nd December 2019. Games will be held on 16th & 23rd May 2021.
Sponsorship options for the tournament are available with match sponsorship and a digital programme advert among the options available. Interested sponsors can contact Michelle Saunders on 07786 565555, or email firstname.lastname@example.org