Statement: 2021 Southern Frontier Cup (15/01/2021)

International Surrey Football are disappointed to announce that the Southern Frontier Cup will be postponed again to a date to be confirmed due to continued disruption and uncertainty for all teams scheduled to participate and the continued COVID-19 situation in the UK. While the tournament was meant to take place in 4 months time, all teams require a substantial amount of time ahead of the tournament to make arrangements including travel, accommodation, and more, and the window for all teams to prepare is continuing to shrink while non-elite football in England remains suspended for an uncertain period of time and no time scales made regarding even a limited return of fans which would make the tournament likely financially unsustainable without at least limited fan attendance.

We hope that the long awaiting Southern Frontier Cup will take place in the future as International Surrey Football’s premier invitational competition. No details regarding a rescheduled Southern Frontier Cup will be released at this stage.

All fans that have purchased tickets for the tournament will be issued an automatic refund, which will be processed this weekend, please allow a further 5 days for refunds to be issued by Eventbrite. Sponsors may keep their sponsorship for their rearranged fixtures or may get in contact to request a cancellation. Some sponsorship, such as the support given to International Surrey Football, by supporters of Liga MX side Tigres UANL will be extended to include coverage at all Surrey home games in 2021, details to be confirmed.

Updates regarding our planned women’s trial game will be provided in a separate statement at a later date.

International Surrey Football remains committed to playing fixtures this summer, if not sooner, and will instead use the postponement of the Southern Frontier Cup as an opportunity to make its fixture plans more flexible and ready for when non-elite football is permitted again in England with matches planned behind closed doors at the earliest opportunity likely, but no details will be provided until an update has been issued by the UK Government and Football Association.

We continue to look forward to taking to the pitch later this year with our new kit manufactured by Hope & Glory Sportswear in any setting and look forward to welcoming teams to Surrey. We hope we can welcome Cascadia, Parishes of Jersey, and Yorkshire, as well as other teams to Surrey sooner rather than later.

Physical commemorative tickets that were printed before the tournament’s cancellation will be made available on the ISF Shop later today as a memento to the 2021 edition of the tournament.

Surrey is Pleased to Welcome Martin Auvray as Men’s Coach Polo Shirt Sponsor

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce Martin Auvray as our first Polo Sponsor for the men’s team coaches and admin staff. We’re grateful for Martin’s support of Surrey which will also see his logo feature on our website and in matchday programmes for at least the next 6 home games as we work on our plans for 2021.

The sponsorship will see Martin Auvray’s logo feature on our new polo shirts supplied by our technical suppliers Hope & Glory sportswear and will be worn by Surrey’s manager and admin staff at Surrey events including training, matchday, and other public engagements.


Women’s Rep Showcase: Army FA (County FA)

In a series of articles, International Surrey Football are providing an introduction to a number of the already established teams International Surrey Football’s first women’s team could face at some point in the future. Today’s article is about the Army Football Association.

The Army Football Association was founded in 1888 and based out of the Aldershot Barracks in Hampshire close to the border with Surrey. Holding the distinction as one of the nearest women’s teams to International Surrey Football.

Even before the Army Football Association was formed a number of Army teams were in the forefront of the developing game. The Royal Engineers, based in Chatham, were in the first three FA Cup finals (1873-75) and were runners-up in the first two years, losing the first ever FA Cup final to Surrey based Wanderers. The Royal Engineers would eventually win in 1875, beating Old Etonians 2-0 in a replay at the Kennington Oval in Surrey.

In 1901 an Army side played a civilian team for the first time competing against Dorset and also Surrey County. The following year Tottenham Hotspur became the first Football League club to play the Army. In 1913 the Army FA took over the Army Athletics Ground in Aldershot as its permanent football home. The ground would be known as the Army Football Ground.

The Army FA operated 3 women’s team, a first team, reserve team and development side. The Army Women’s first team play in the Southern Counties Competition, an 8 team women’s tournament split between 2 groups involving the 3 military teams as well as county sides for Essex, Kent, Middlesex, Sussex as well as the Jersey FA team.

The Army FA holds a distinction to be the only team with both a men’s and women’s side that International Surrey Football has already faced. The Surrey men’s team played a friendly against the Army men’s first team at the Army Football Ground in March 2019 which resulted in a 6-0 win for the Army side in only Surrey’s second-ever game.

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Surrey Launches Second Blackout Shirt in Aid of CALM

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce the first shirt in aid of charity this year in our expanded NotBlueandGold campaign is our second blackout shirt, once again in aid of mental health and suicide prevention charity, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, CALM.

In 2020 the role of CALM and other mental health charities were never so great as people across the world spent many months of the year indoors, away from friends and family, and that importance remains ever present as we’ve moved into 2021, the light at the end of the tunnel has never been closer with multiple vaccines approved in countries around the world and being deployed to some of the most vulnerable in our society, but we’re not there yet and the services CALM and other mental health charities will be necessary, both now and in the future, that’s why we’re proud to be supporting CALM for the second time after launching our first ever charity shirt in support of them in 2020.

We’ve worked with the Kit Factor to put this new design together, following the same principle of our 2020 shirt, and will feature a black and dark grey pattern featuring a oak leaf representing Surrey, with black embroidered logos of our technical supplier Hope & Glory Sportswear, as well as either our Surrey men or women’s logos, with both options being available when ordering, and finally the shirt will feature a heat pressed CALM logo on the front which will help the design to hide on the shirt representing how mental health problems aren’t always clearly visible on the surface and that regularly checking up on friends and family, especially at this time is important.

Shirts will be available for just £39.99 for adult sizes, with a portion of the revenue generated from sales being donated directly to CALM to support the work they’re undertaking. CALM saw a 37% increase in daily calls within the first week of the UK lockdown. The sale of each Surrey blackout shirt will in effect cover the cost of 1 potentially life-saving call for CALM.

The shirt will be available for pre-order from February 1st 2021 and will remain available until the end of February 28th 2021. However, once the sale ends it will end forever and the shirt will not be available again for any 2nd production runs.

Women’s Rep Showcase: Karen FA (WUFA / CONIFA)

In a new series of articles, International Surrey Football will be providing an introduction to a number of the already established teams International Surrey Football’s first women’s team could face at some point in the future. Starting with the Karen Football Association.

The Karen Football Association was founded in Minnesota, USA in 2018 and represents the Karen people, primarily located in Burma, South East Asia. The Karen people began to inhabit what eventually became Burma about two thousand years ago. They traveled from Tibet and China and settled largely in the hills bordering the eastern mountainous region of Burma. In the 8th and 9th centuries, the Burmese also began migrating to the area north of what is now the Karen state. Ethnic groups around this region included the Mon, Shan, Thai, Burmese, and Karen. When the British colonized Burma in 1886, these groups all became part of Burma.

The Karen people are a marginalised group in Burma with many living in refugee camps in neighbouring Thailand due to persecution, and many have gone on to relocate and resettle in other parts of the world including the United States, Australia, Canada, England, and Norway.

The Karen Football Association is based in the United States and is the official governing body of the Karen Women’s and Men’s National Soccer Teams. KFA aims to develop a program that unites the community’s passion for football with the importance of gender equity. As an organization, and a team, they feel that it is their responsibility to be an influential role model for others; teaching their culture, and society, that women and men will always be on an equal playing field.

The Karen FA is one of just four members of the World Unity Football Alliance, including Surrey, to organise a senior women’s team prior to joining the alliance, making the Karen FA one of Surrey’s primary targets for potential full internationals, and we hope to travel to Minnesota, or elsewhere, to potentially play the Karen FA in a future fixture.

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