Category: Domestic Football

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.

Men’s Twitter Followers Table – Feb 2020

RankTeamFollowersTier
1Crystal Palace940.2k1
2Millwall119.5k2
3AFC Wimbledon66.6k3
4Dulwich Hamlet25.3k6
5Corinthian-Casuals25.2k7
6Sutton United24.2k5
7Woking19.4k5
8Leatherhead10k7
9Kingstonian9,8007
10Dorking Wanderers8,0286
11Fisher6,6099
12Croydon6,42410
13Whyteleafe5,9868
14Carshalton Athletic5,9427
15Guildford City5,7619
16Walton Casuals5,7077
17Redhill5,3209
18Merstham5,3107
19Met Police5,1607
20Camberley Town5,0219
21Walton & Hersham4,78210
22Lingfield4,4049
23South Park4,3668
24Godalming Town4,15810
25Westfield4,0528
26Chertsey Town3,9988
27Knaphill3,9629
28Badshot Lea3,7639
29Farnham Town3,59310
30Epsom & Ewell3,58510
31Horley Town3,5199
32Raynes Park Vale3,1199
33Chessington & Hook United3,02710
34Cobham3,0169
35Tooting & Mitcham United2,7068
36Sheerwater2,6649
37Sutton Common Rovers2,6099
38Egham Town2,4919
39Abbey Rangers2,4059
40Chipstead2,2438
41Tooting Bec2,22610
42Banstead Athletic2,1989
43Molesey2,0679
44International Surrey Football2,052
45Frimley Green2,0399
46Alfold2,0109
47Balham1,6059
48Bagshot1,26310
49AFC Croydon Athletic1,2559
50Westside1,14310
51Virginia Water1,0419
52Ash United46210
53Colliers Wood United3119

Table shows all teams based within the historical county of Surrey competing in the English football league system at Tier 10 (Step 6) or above.

Follower numbers checked on 12/02/2020 based on the most recently active twitter account.

ISF at Non-League Day

Tomorrow International Surrey Football will be running a stand for the first time for non-league day promoting our men and women’s teams to Surrey football fans for Merstham and Leatherhead football clubs.

We’ll be running a stand for fans to ask questions and learn more about the team and our upcoming fixtures, we’ll also be offering a number of exclusive merchandise, most of which will be available for the very first time. Unfortunately, the stand will run as cash only, prices for all items available are below;

Price List:

  • 2019 Scarf: £10.00
  • 2018 Scarf: £6.00
  • Pin Badge: £3.50
  • Programme: £1.00
  • 1 Sticker: 50p
  • 3 Stickers: £1.00
  • 1 Coaster: £4.00
  • 4 Coasters: £12.00