We’re pleased to announce the 4 teams that will be participating in the 2021 WUFA World Series in Surrey, in association with Merrist Wood College, where all 4 games will be played on 16th and 23rd May, the first tournament to be played since the formation of the World Unity Football Alliance last summer. All 4 teams were chosen due to their proximity to Surrey in order to limit travel in line with UK COVID-19 restrictions that will still be in place when the tournament is due to take place. The fixtures for the tournament will be unveiled tomorrow.
Co-founding member of WUFA. Barawa represents the Somali diaspora in England. It is named after Barawa, a port town in Somalia. Barawa Football Association was developed in 2015. Using football as a tool, the aim is to expose the Barawanese culture around the world and actively redevelop football in the south region of Somalia. Barawa uses the power of football to create change.
Co-founding member of WUFA. Representing the Chagossian community that has been in exile since it was forcibly evicted from its Indian Ocean homeland in 1966. The British government sold the Chagossian home, the island of Diego Garcia, to the U.S. for a new military air base. Thousands of miles away from its ancestral home, the Chagossian community continues to fight to be allowed to return to its islands, proudly maintaining its unique identity in Crawley Manchester and all around the world, through language, song, culture, and, of course football, to let people know about the Chagossian history.
Co-founding member of WUFA, and tournament host. Representing the County of Surrey in Southern England, debuted a men’s team in 2018 and debuting a women’s team later this month. Surrey’s history with football stretches back to the very early days that the game became organised in England.
Non-WUFA member. Maghreb are an exception as they are not currently a member of WUFA, but participation in the tournament was agreed by WUFA given the current travel restrictions and advisory information currently in place in the UK and the likelihood that hotel accommodation within Surrey may still be unavailable limiting the opportunity to non-locally based teams from participating. Maghreb represents the Moroccan diaspora based in London and was founded in 2019.