Category: Domestic Football

Return to Play Update: 18 July 2020

International Surrey Football is pleased to see that the Football Association has released their return to play plan, approved by the UK government, allowing for the resumption of grassroots football in England.

International Surrey Football will be looking closely at what the Football Association is requiring and will be doing our best to follow what has been requested and implement it into our matchday plans. We will be comparing this to our own Behind Closed Doors Fixture Plan and will provide an update at a later date. We will also be looking more closely into any potential fixture our men and women’s teams could play while taking into account the activities of club football.

You can read the FA’s plan here: http://www.surreyfa.com/news/2020/jul/18/return-of-outdoor-competitive-grassroots-football—18th-july

Return to Play Update: 9 July 2020

International Surrey Football is pleased to see today’s update from the UK Government allowing the return of grassroots sports from 11 July, initially only covering grassroots cricket. The latest announcement supports the return of grassroots sports by allowing different households to participate in training and competitive matches while ensuring the risks of transmitting Covid-19 are minimised.

Last month International Surrey Football internally prepared a return to play plan for allowing the resumption of Surrey fixtures played behind closed doors, known as our “Behind Closed Doors Fixture Plan”, which outlined the measures that would be undertaken by International Surrey Football and our opposition at any game played once a resumption of the sport was allowed, and included COVID-19 self-assessments by players, track and trace, the following of social distancing and cleaning measures outlined by the Government as a necessary requirement for any sport to return.

However, in the best interest of our players, coaches, staff and in good faith in regards to our relationship with the Surrey County FA, we will continue to wait for the FA’s own guidelines and make changes to our plans to reflect the FA-UK Government approved return to play plan.

While the Government’s statement today may allow the return of a limited number of fans to a game, with social distancing measures involved, for the foreseeable future Surrey fixtures will be held behind closed doors, but live streaming options will be made available, and details will be published when available. Details of how fans can financially support the games, such as donations and merchandise, including “tickets” and programmes, will be announced if a fixture is confirmed.

We know ours players are eager to return to play, but so are their clubs, and we will continue to give clubs first priority on the return to play, however, Surrey will be making investigations and discussions on any possible fixtures, with both our men and women’s teams available for games. In the event that a game is confirmed, there will be no publication of the venue until after the game has been held, to best limit the potential for attempted spectator attendance.

The Surrey men had 2 friendlies and the debut Southern Frontier Cup cancelled, while Surrey women had their trial fixture and a potential friendly cancelled due to COVID-19. Possible arrangements for a men’s friendly and women’s trial game will be investigated and any updates will be published on our website and social media.

Outlandish Ideas, Part 1: International Surrey Women’s Club Cup

In a new series of “outlandish ideas” that have at one stage been thought up but never gone beyond being an initial idea, we’ll be exploring them in greater details and looking at what International Surrey Football could be or has otherwise looked into.

Today, we look at the “International Surrey Women’s Club Cup”, or more generally, a Surrey Women’s County Cup.

Currently, no Surrey only county-wide women’s competition exists that is run by the Surrey County FA. The Surrey FA instead works with the Middlesex FA, London FA and Amateur FA to run the Women’s Capital Cup covering all 4 FAs together, and in the 2019/20 season, the Combined Counties Football League ran it’s first Women’s Midweek Cup, involving 18 clubs before it was halted abruptly due to COVID-19.

Therefore the opportunity to run a county-wide cup competition in Surrey for senior women’s teams is certainly there. However, any such plan, due to its scale and the heavy involvement of club sides would in our own mind require cooperation with the Surrey FA, with the competition itself almost certainly being affiliated with the SFA but run by International Surrey Football, which would serve purely as a commercial/legal entity for the competition running the tournament’s logistics and planning.

Currently, 23 senior women’s teams in Surrey (as listed on our website) compete between the FA National League (Level 3) and level 8 of women’s football, this means at least 9 “invited” teams from outside the county may be required to provide a 32 team minimum for the competition.

So why have International Surrey Football not gone further in-depth with this idea considering that interest in women’s cup competition does exist after the CCFL announced it’s own competition? The decision comes largely down to logistics. Currently, the ISF doesn’t have the manpower to dedicate to a season-long competition that an “International Surrey Women’s Club Cup” would require. In theory, we’d expect needing at least 1 dedicated individual, with a new role going with it, to handle the regular work such a competition would likely require.

Should someone come forward or otherwise express interest in working with ISF to realise such an idea, the decision to take it forward might become reality, but we couldn’t actively commit to such a plan without that dedicated individual.

What other outlandish ideas have we come up with at International Surrey Football and how far actually are they from becoming reality? Our aspiration is to grow beyond our senior men and women’s teams and play more regular fixtures with one team or another is high in our priority list, and the continued growth of our team will allow us to explore such ideas.

Surrey Looking for Multiple Content Writers [Vacancy]

Aspiring football journalist? Informed fan? Esteemed blogger? International Surrey Football is on the lookout for new contributors and fresh perspectives on the game in Surrey to contribute fresh and more localised content for our website.

We’re currently on the lookout for writers to bring fresh ideas and push the site forward. While you don’t have to be a seasoned professional journalist to write for ISF, we look for writers with some level of experience, or a very detailed knowledge of the game and a keen analytical eye perhaps looking to appeal to a new audience, whether it’s content focused towards Surrey’s non-league football scene, covering the world of non-FIFA football, the history of football in Surrey or something a little different.

We want to share the stories and the goings-on with football in Surrey and non-FIFA while sharing our own journey along the way. It’s intended that we’ll help to attract a larger, more regular viewership to the Surrey website by covering varied content that may help introduce those not previously aware of International Surrey Football through their interest in their respective non-league teams.

We’re looking for team, or preferably league specific writers who may already be writing content about the National League, Southern League, Isthmian League, Combined Counties, Southern Combination, South East Counties or Hellenic League or the countless women’s teams in Surrey and want an additional outlet to raise awareness of their name and content.

This role is ideal for programme writers or bloggers from across the county already providing content on their respective clubs looking for a new outlet for their work.

All writers will be credited in all articles, and while we can’t currently promise any payment for the content beyond the promotion of your work, particularly popular articles may help lead to performance-based payments for any future content and we will share article views with writers upon request.

Anyone interested in providing content for International Surrey Football can get in touch at info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk to discuss

Women’s Twitter Followers Table – Feb 2020

RankTeamFollowersTier
1Chelsea222.3k1
2Crystal Palace8,2442
3Fulham FC Foundation3,7095
4Peckham Town2,6289
5Wanderers2,1949
6Dulwich Hamlet2,1015
7AFC Wimbledon1,6904
8Millwall Lionesses1,5506
9Abbey Rangers1,3128
10Sutton United1,0436
11Walton Casuals8127
12Whyteleafe8125
13Richmond Park7289
14South London Laces6398
15International Surrey Football609
15Woking5037
17Godalming Town4786
18Milford & Witley4757
19Westside4739
20Wandsworth Borough3999
21Clapham United3806
22Balham Panthers3208
23South London2138
24Mole Valley1667
25Comets917
26Badshot Lea728
27Guildford Saints488
28Tooting Bec9

Table shows all senior sides (reserves and development teams in the senior structure not included) based within the historical county of Surrey competing in the English football league system at Tier 9 or above.

Follower numbers checked on 13/02/2020 based on the most recently active twitter account. Teams that operate joint Men/Women’s account included if providing clear and reasonable coverage of both teams.