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We also seek to spread awareness of the history and culture of Surrey where it is often forgotten that Surrey continues into what is now South West London, and expand awareness of the historical counties of the UK through promoting
Formed in 2014, the County of Surrey representative football team was created by the then called Surrey Independent Football Association (SIFA), later renamed in 2015 as International Surrey Football (ISF) in order to provide predominantly non-league footballers with the opportunity to compete in non-FIFA football. As opposed to the Surrey team that competes in the FA Inter-League Cup that only comprises of players from the Surrey Elite Intermediate League. The team was initially founded as a single senior men’s team with International Surrey Football outlining ambitions to expand into youth and women’s teams in the future.
In September 2017 we became a founding member of the County Football Federation with aspirations to oversee the formation of the British Counties League. Surrey had its debut game against Barawa on May 6th, 2018 at the St. Paul’s Sports Ground in Rotherhithe, South West London, a game it won 3-1 with goals from Mal Thomas, Leavan Sullivan and Jarvis Nutt.
In 2019 it was announced the creation of the Surrey Women’s team following the appointment of International Surrey Football’s first Director of Women’s Football, John O’Brien. Surrey would play its first game away to the Army FA, county FA of the English Football Association, as well as 2 games against the Chagos Islands in 2019, a home game at Merstham Football Club on April 28th, losing narrowly 3-2, before travelling to Crawley on December 22nd, 2019, winning 4-1.
The COVID-19 pandemic stopped all football in 2020, during which time International Surrey Football joined the newly created World Unity Football Alliance as a co-founding member in July 2020. The team would be forced to wait until 2021 before they could play again, hosting a series of games behind closed doors at Merrist Wood College near Guildford. Surrey women would play their first game, an emphatic 8-1 win against the University of Surrey women’s team, before the men hosted an opening friendly against the Chagos Islands.
International Surrey Football would then host their first-ever tournament, the WUFA World Series, a 4-team event held at Merrist Wood College, alongside Barawa, Chagos Islands and non-WUFA side Maghreb.
Unlike the modern boundaries, we follow the boundaries of Surrey used between the 8th century and 1899, prior to the creation of the county of London, which later grew to form Greater London in 1965. This means that Surrey stretches from Rotherhithe to Haslemere, Camberley to Gatwick Airport, encompassing over 3 million people.
We intend to teach about Surrey’s history both on and off the pitch and raise awareness of the “London Boroughs” that historically formed Surrey’s urban core.
With grounds across the county of all shapes and
Company name: International Surrey Football Ltd
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