Category: Domestic Football

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 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.

ISF Partners With First Club: Whyteleafe Women FC

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce a partnership with London & South East Regional Women’s League side, Whyteleafe Women FC. Founded in 2016, in one of its first seasons the team won the Greater London Women’s Premier League after going the entire season unbeaten.

The partnership between the non-FIFA team and the East Surrey club will see the two sides pool resources to develop and grow the media coverage of the club side as International Surrey Football works to prepare its media team for its upcoming 2021/22 season men and women’s friendlies as well as its participation in the inaugural WUFA Women’s World Unity Cup in the summer of 2022.

Whyteleafe Women FC already includes some Surrey players within its ranks such as Chloe McNee, who featured for the blue and gold in their inaugural fixture against the University of Surrey at Merrist Wood College in May 2021, even captaining the side for part of the match.

The aspects of the media partnership will be developed over time, with ISF contributing towards some of Whyteleafe’s social media and digital content moving forward, and raising the club’s profile. The club will also be featured on ISF’s in-house live streaming channel, WatchISF on Eleven Sport (formerly Mycujoo).

International Surrey Football is excited by the partnership and eager to begin work with the East Surrey club this season.

Surrey Submits Planning Permission for new 3,000 Capacity Stadium in Guildford as part of 4 Member Consortium

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that the organisation has officially submitted planning permission to Guildford Borough Council as part of a consortium for the construction of a new 3,000 capacity multi-use stadium on land owned by the University of Surrey, with the facility operated as part of Surrey Sports Park.

The consortium consisting of International Surrey Football, University of Surrey (also representing Surrey Sports Park), non-league football side Guildford City Football Club and Premiership Rugby Union side Harlequin Football Club will jointly fund and use the facility as a premier football and rugby venue in Guildford. Additional funding will also be provided by Guildford Borough Council and the Football Foundation to cover the estimated £6 million to construct the stadium.

The stadium will feature a 1,500 capacity seated main stand (artist impression below) located on the southern side of the pitch, with 1,500 capacity standing room along the other 3 sides with potential temporary seating being installed to increase the venue’s capacity up to 6,000 for occasional larger events.

The stadium would be constructed and designed to have theoretical scope to expand permanently up to 10,000 capacity as an all-seater stadium. (artist impression is shown below)

The stadium will be designed by Bear Stadium, an Italian based civil engineering company and constructed by Rubner Holzbau, a major European construction firm with offices across Germany, France, and Italy. Bear Stadium estimates the stadium could be constructed in as little as 6 months upon completion of the contract and planning approval.

Rubner Holzbau and Bear Stadium have previously provided assistance in expanding the home ground of Canadian Premier League side, Pacific FC, in Langford, Vancouver Island. The expansion in 2019 saw over 4,000 new seats added to the venue, with potential to add a further 2,500 seats in the future.

The venue’s pitch will use a FIFA approved supplier FieldTurf, the Canadian based company supplier synthetic surfaces to hundreds of sports teams and other facilities across the world and are one of the world leaders in the field. The stadium’s main stand will also feature a mainly wooden construction produced by Rubner Holzbau using renewably sourced wood and meeting all necessary fire safety standards.

The primary tenant of the new stadium would be Guildford City FC. The team would be moving out of their current home at Guildford Spectrum, and move into their first purpose-built stadium since leaving their Joseph’s Road ground in 1974. The stadium’s day to day operations will be managed by the University of Surrey through their Surrey Sports Park operations whose land will be where the stadium will be constructed on. Surrey Sports Park will be available to hire by the general public at limited periods throughout the year.

Located beside the A3 (see map below), parking for the new stadium will utilise the underused Guildford Park and Ride, at which bus services from the town centre operate from. In the future the stadium will also be serviced from the new Park Barn Train Station located near Royal Surrey County Hospital, an estimated 20 minutes walk from the new Guildford Stadium.

The main stadium will also include office space, a 80 spm conference hall and additional spaces that could be adjusted to suit a number of purposes. The first floor of the stand which over looks the pitch will total 500 spm of hospitality space (pictured below), a 100 sqm snack bar (pictured below), 60 spm catering area and an 200 spm hospitality lounge and restaurant area (pictured below), which may be reconfigured for various purposes.

The stadium will also enjoy a massive 130 sqm of changing room space for both home and away teams, ideal with the project’s inclusion of Premiership Rugby Union side, Harlequin FC. The Premiership rugby side has an existing presence at Surrey Sports Park and the construction of the new Guildford Stadium allows the team to build on this presence with the scope that the team’s men and women’s sides will play regular pre-season friendlies at the new ground.

As well as usage of the facilities by Guildford City FC, Harlequin FC and Surrey Sports Park, International Surrey Football will also see usage of the new premier stadium relocating the Southern Frontier Cup to the new stadium from 2022 and targeting at least 2 home friendlies a year at the ground and hosting other events when possible in collaboration with the venues various other tenants, especially Guildford City FC.

With Surrey Sports Park’s previous history of hosting international tournaments such as the 2011 Women’s Rugby World Cup and 2018 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup it is hoped the stadium could see greater usage in hosting prestigious tournaments in Surrey.

Surrey Football TV to Become WatchISF and will Aim to Trial Free Video Service for Surrey Based Clubs

International Surrey Football’s Surrey Football TV was launched in 2020 with plans to provide on-demand full match replays and highlights of Surrey’s 2020 games, including the Southern Frontier Cup. However, after COVID-19 forced many of its plans to be scrapped we’re pleased to announce that the service will be rebranded as WatchISF going into a new list of revamped 2021 plans.

As well as plans for WatchISF to continue to cover Surrey’s fixtures, including our women’s trial games, men’s friendlies in 2021, and intentions to expand to some non-match content such as training session content, interviews, and more going forward, the service will be aiming to provide coverage of other teams, this may include WUFA and CONIFA sides playing fixtures in or near Surrey, or during the club season, WatchISF will be looking to provide coverage of local Surrey fixtures, with the aim to provide regular full match or highlights coverage of individual clubs or leagues, at no expense to the participating parties.

With the service intended to be free for participating clubs to increase their exposure online and provide WatchISF with regular content on a nearly weekly basis the cost of running the service will be expected to come from 2 main sources with International Surrey Football directly funding the service, as well as the sale of sponsorship packages, details to be confirmed.

The aim of WatchISF is to increase the access of Surrey non-league content, and not be based solely on match content, and help clubs make the leap to online video content without adding to club’s expenses as Surrey eases out of the latest COVID restrictions that may likely lead to a cancellation of the remainder of the 2020/21 season which had been heavily disrupted by restrictions and financial uncertainty.

As well as providing the on-demand footage for free, videos will be made available 24 before anyone else via ISF’s Surrey Supporters Club, provided through its online membership service Patreon, with SCC membership starting at just £2 a month for fans to view games and highlights before anyone else.

You can subscribe to WatchISF’s Youtube page here: WatchISF Youtube
Or join the Surrey Supporter’s Club for exclusive, pre-release access to videos here: https://www.patreon.com/intsurreyfootball/

International Surrey Football will also be looking for a dedicated Head of Video Content to lead WatchISF’s expansion beyond its initial matchday recordings and into its expansion. Interested candidates can contact us at info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk including a cover letter and CV.