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ISF Support Kitmas 2021

International Surrey Football is pleased to share that we will be supporting the 2021 Kitmas campaign, started by founded by football coach and activist Paul Watson and his wife Lizzie, with support from stand up comedians Vix Leyton and Mark Watson (Paul’s brother).

Kitmas works with various regional groups to distribute football shirts to those who will benefit most, making sure that as many children as possible have something to open on Christmas Day.

The campaign will run until December 8th as many centres will need to have the shirts in hand at least two weeks before Christmas in order to get them out to their local community. International Surrey Football will be promoting and working to support the campaign helping to raise awareness of the campaign and will be reaching out to various football clubs across Surrey to try and reach supporters able to donate money or shirts to the campaign.

You can donate to the campaign directly, either by donating to their Crowdfunder page: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/kitmas

Or send any shirts directly to Kitmas Appeal, PO Box 472, Stroud GL6 1NP

In the news

Here is some of the press coverage of last year’s campaign;

Football Supporters Association (FSA)Kitmas: Fans help make a difference this month

BBC News: ‘Kitmas’ launched to gift football shirts to children this Christmas

Big IssueComedian Mark Watson is planning a ‘Kitmas’ for kids in poverty 

The Mirror: Heartwarming new campaign to get children their first football kit for Christmas 

Big Issue: Big Issue Changemakers 2021: Poverty prevention

Gloucestershire LiveThe football fan with a goal to give disadvantaged kids a Christmas to remember

International Surrey Football Partners with Her Game Too

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that it has formed a partnership with Her Game Too. Formed in May 2021 by 12 football fans to raise awareness of sexist abuse in football and to also encourage fellow female fans to share their experiences.

International Surrey Football unequivocally supports the campaign’s aim to create a world where women and girls of all ages can feel confident and safe sharing their opinion about football, both online and in real life without fear of sexist abuse.

Surrey Founder and President Danny Clarke said, “Women should feel safe at any football game, whether as a supporter or a player, and sexist abuse or behaviour is unacceptable in the sport ISF is part of.”

“Supporting the women’s game is more than just having a women’s team, it means supporting female players, coaches, referees and supporters, and being partnered with Her Game Too is an important part of this commitment.”

As part of the partnership, International Surrey Football will raise the profile of the group as their first non-FIFA partners, with their logo appearing on our website, adverts and articles in match programmes as well as their logo being added to both team’s new training tops, with sponsors currently being sought after.

If you would like to speak to #HerGameToo or get involved with the campaign, email hergametoo@hotmail.com. For more information on Her Game Too, visit their website.

Surrey Women to Return to Pitch with Midweek Games

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that the Surrey women’s team is working on plans that will see the team return to the pitch for several games this season by playing a number of friendly fixtures midweek. This is due to player commitments with their respective clubs on Sundays which effectively rules out weekend games until the end of the season, Surrey Women will instead focus their attention on playing several midweek games against club sides, due to limited representative side options, with only the Army FA being located close enough to Surrey for a midweek fixture to be practical.

The team has been surveying its players in recent weeks to identify potential dates, with Wednesday and Friday fixtures currently standing out as the most likely, although Monday, Tuesday’s and Thursdays will still be considered, subject to confirmation of enough available players.

Details of the first game, including date, venue and opposition will be announced when available as Surrey continues to work with players to ensure enough player availability for each game and hopes that the team could return to the pitch before the end of 2021, should arrangements be agreed.

(Image credit: Sheena Booker)

Surrey Hosts of Inaugural 2022 WUFA Women’s World Unity Cup

International Surrey Football is delighted to announce we have been selected by the World Unity Football Alliance (WUFA) to host the inaugural edition of the WUFA Women’s World Unity Cup, WUFA’s first major football tournament, and what will be one of the largest women’s non-FIFA international football tournament ever held, taking place in Surrey between 19th-25th June 2022, becoming the premier “women’s world cup” tournament in non-FIFA football.

International Surrey Football was selected by the World Unity Football Alliance for the prestigious opportunity of hosting the alliance’s inaugural women’s tournament after presenting a strong case to its members of what the region could offer teams, supporters, and sponsors in terms of ease of access, quality of venues for matches and training, providing a truly global tournament to remember.

The 2022 Women’s World Unity Cup will be the first major non-FIFA tournament held in the United Kingdom since a senior men’s tournament, hosted by the Barawa FA, was held at venues across Greater London in 2018, which included games at 3 Surrey-based venues, Carshalton Athletic FC, Fisher FC, and Sutton United FC, with the tournament seen as being responsible for a lot of the modern interest in non-FIFA football.

Credit: Sheena Booker (@GirlTinyShooter)

With the target now firmly set, Surrey Women’s manager Stephen Satterly will be looking to prepare a Surrey squad that played its first training game against the University of Surrey earlier this year, in what will prove to be an intensive tournament schedule. Each participating team will play 5 games in just 7 days making the need for rotation and managing minutes vitally important to a county side looking to win its first major honours for either men’s or women’s teams and trying to keep the trophy on home soil.

Matches will be played in 5 venues across Surrey, with 4 venues hosting group stage, placement, and knockout games, with a 5th venue hosting the 3rd place playoff and final on the final day. The venues selected to host the games will be confirmed in the coming months as International Surrey Football works to finalise arrangements with a number of host venues for the tournament which will see a total of 20 games played across those 7 days during the tournament.

All games will be live-streamed globally with details of how to watch the tournament coming soon, as well as information regarding ticketing and tournament voluntary opportunities to be made available as well. All 8 teams participating in the tournament will be based out of the county town of Guildford, hosted at the University of Surrey’s student accommodation, with access to training facilities at the Olympic standard training complex at Surrey Sports Park.

Which 7 teams will join Surrey in the tournament is subject to further review and confirmation as teams confirm travel arrangements and any visa or similar requirements necessary before they can participate, each team will be announced later this year. Some teams like Karen FA already beginning preparations with intentions to participate in their first tournament after winning 2 games against local college soccer teams.

The region is best known for its expansive countryside, with the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty extending across much of the southern portion of the county (Credit: Alex Manders)

We are pleased to welcome a number of initial supporting partners that have so far assisted in the planning and early preparations for the tournament, Football Rising, Merrist Wood College, Midfield Generals, Surrey Sports Park, University of Surrey, and WatchISF. We look forward to continuing our work with them as well as expanding this list as we work with a growing number of commercial partners to support the delivery of the tournament.

Interested commercial partners can get in touch at info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk to request a sponsorship brochure and discuss opportunities. Title sponsorship remains available as well as a limited number of local sponsorship slots available to local businesses at a discounted rate.

Surrey Fixtures in Opening Rounds of 2021/22 Women’s FA Cup

Today the FA announced the first 2 rounds of the 2021/22 Women’s FA Cup which will see a number of Surrey clubs vying for one of England’s most prestigious domestic titles. Below we have listed games featuring Surrey clubs, some with some games likely to include a number of Surrey women’s players.

1st Qualifying Round – (12th September 2021);

  • 51 Sutton United Women v Meridian Ladies
  • 59 AFC Acorns Ladies v Leatherhead FC Women
  • 60 Badshot Lea Ladies v Burgess Hill Town Ladies
  • 61 Woking Ladies v Abbey Rangers Ladies

2nd Qualifying Round – (3rd October 2021);

  • 72 Margate Ladies v Sutton United Women or Meridian Ladies
  • 73 Dulwich Hamlet Ladies v Herne Bay FC Women
  • 75 Bexhill United Ladies or Glebe Ladies v Millwall Lionesses Ladies
  • 91 Walton Casuals Ladies v Woking Ladies or Abbey Rangers Ladies
  • 94 AFC Acorns Ladies or Leatherhead FC Women v Badshot Lea Ladies or Burgess Hill Town Ladies
  • 98 Whyteleafe Women v Dorking Wanderers FC Ladies

The 3rd Qualifying Round will be held on 24th October 2021.