Category: Domestic Football

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.

International Surrey Football Supports the Rainbow Laces Campaign

Everyone, regardless of who they are, have a right to enjoy football without fear of discrimination. 

2020 have shown a light on just some of the long-standing inequalities across society. COVID-19 has disproportionately affected many marginalised groups, including people from LGBTQA+ communities. 

Sports and fitness play an important role in the physical and mental health and wellbeing of everyone in our society, but it’s important that everyone is given a place to participate. We need to ensure that football is a place for everyone and this year has shown how much community and allyship matter. The impact of COVID-19 means many of us need sport and physical activity more than ever and football should be a safe haven for everyone, including those from the LGBTQA+ community.

International Surrey Football aims to provide a platform to promote the amazing individuals who compete as a part of or support the Blue and Gold regardless of their sexual orientation and support the LGBTQA+ individuals and community across Surrey, and as a part of this we’re supporting the rainbow laces campaign.

If you need help or advice, you can call Stonewalls information service FREEPHONE on 08000 0502020 or visit their website. Likewise, for more information and ways to report discrimination, you can check out the Kick It Out website

To find the English FA’s policies on tackling homophobia and LGBTQ+ representation in football, click here

If you, or someone you know, would like to report homophobic abuse experience in football, contact the Surrey FA’s discipline team at discipline@surreyfa.com, or the contact the London FA’s discipline team at discipline@londonfa.com.

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.