Category: Fixture

Surrey Women to Play First 2 Games Against University of Surrey

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce, after much delay Surrey’s women’s team will play 2 games against the University of Surrey women’s team, the long overdue debut of the Blue and Gold side in a friendly against local opposition has proved a long time coming with delays caused by COVID-19 and local UK restrictions on travel and non-professional sport.

We’re pleased to finally by hosting games at Merrist Wood College were the team will be training for the next 2 weekends in preparation for the first game on 24th April, before playing a different selection of players from the Guildford based university on 15th May.

The 3rd and final game of this 2 month period of training and games for International Surrey Football is yet to be announced with details still being finalised, but is scheduled to be held at Merrist Wood College as well on 29th May.

Video replay of the games and more will be provided by ISF’s in house broadcaster WatchISF, details of coverage will be provided closer to matchday. All games played at Merrist Wood College will be behind closed doors with no spectators permitted, we hope to have fans at our first fill international debut at a later date.

2021 WUFA World Series: Surrey – Participating Teams

We’re pleased to announce the 4 teams that will be participating in the 2021 WUFA World Series in Surrey, in association with Merrist Wood College, where all 4 games will be played on 16th and 23rd May, the first tournament to be played since the formation of the World Unity Football Alliance last summer. All 4 teams were chosen due to their proximity to Surrey in order to limit travel in line with UK COVID-19 restrictions that will still be in place when the tournament is due to take place. The fixtures for the tournament will be unveiled tomorrow.

Barawa

Co-founding member of WUFA. Barawa represents the Somali diaspora in England. It is named after Barawa, a port town in Somalia. Barawa Football Association was developed in 2015. Using football as a tool, the aim is to expose the Barawanese culture around the world and actively redevelop football in the south region of Somalia. Barawa uses the power of football to create change. 

Chagos Islands

Co-founding member of WUFA. Representing the Chagossian community that has been in exile since it was forcibly evicted from its Indian Ocean homeland in 1966. The British government sold the Chagossian home, the island of Diego Garcia, to the U.S. for a new military air base. Thousands of miles away from its ancestral home, the Chagossian community continues to fight to be allowed to return to its islands, proudly maintaining its unique identity in Crawley Manchester and all around the world, through language, song, culture, and, of course football, to let people know about the Chagossian history.

Surrey

Co-founding member of WUFA, and tournament host. Representing the County of Surrey in Southern England, debuted a men’s team in 2018 and debuting a women’s team later this month. Surrey’s history with football stretches back to the very early days that the game became organised in England.

Maghreb

Non-WUFA member. Maghreb are an exception as they are not currently a member of WUFA, but participation in the tournament was agreed by WUFA given the current travel restrictions and advisory information currently in place in the UK and the likelihood that hotel accommodation within Surrey may still be unavailable limiting the opportunity to non-locally based teams from participating. Maghreb represents the Moroccan diaspora based in London and was founded in 2019.

WUFA World Series Coming to Surrey

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that Surrey will host a stage of the WUFA World Series, an international competition organised under the World Unity Football Alliance banner, the first decentralised tournament by the alliance. The multi-stage tournament allows WUFA members host a series of localised tournaments to support greater team participation while helping to reduce costs, especially travel. The 4-team Surrey Stage of the tournament will be the first tournament being organised by WUFA members.

The WUFA World Series name is to reflect the tournament’s truly global reach, not limiting non-FIFA events to a single large scale annual event, and instead support a number of localised tournament’s taking place across the world, while the “Surrey Stage” of the tournament is the first to be announced, it’s not the only one being planned amidst the global backdrop in 2021, but this localisation approach by WUFA aids members in avoiding many of the travel and financial limitations typical of a non-FIFA tournament, made only more restrictive in the midst of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. While the ability for teams to take part in tournaments is restricted currently, it’s hoped that future World Series tournaments will improve overall access, not only to individual teams, but also supporters with the event being more viable in certain countries and regions such as North America where few non-FIFA games and tournaments have been able to be held in the past.

The format of the Surrey stage of the new non-FIFA tournament will be reminiscent of followers of the Southern Frontier Cup and will consist of a 4 team in a knockout format, teams were drawn randomly to determine semi-final matches with games played back to back, the winners of each fixture will progress to the final, while the losers of each fixture will progress to the third-place playoff, final and third-place playoff games would be played the following day. Different stages of the WUFA World Series may choose to adopt different formats for their respective stages.

The tournament will be held behind closed doors with no spectators by International Surrey Football at Merrist Wood College, near Guildford. The teams participating in the tournament will be announced tomorrow and the Semi-Final Matchups, already drawn will be announced on Thursday ahead of the men’s team’s first training session since their last game held on 22nd December 2019. Games will be held on 16th & 23rd May 2021.

Sponsorship options for the tournament are available with match sponsorship and a digital programme advert among the options available. Interested sponsors can contact Michelle Saunders on 07786 565555, or email info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk

Continue Where You Left Off: Surrey to Host Chagos Islands in First-Ever WUFA Game

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that we’ll be playing the Chagos Islands for the third time in our first game in over a year, as Surrey prepares to resume playing after the lengthy delays caused by COVID-19. As well as marking Surrey’s return to play, the game will be holding significant prominence as the first game to be played under the WUFA banner since the alliance was founded in the summer of 2020.

International Surrey Football and the Chagos Islands Football Association are both founding member of the World Unity Football Alliance and will be the first teams to play under the organisation’s banner in the upcoming friendly game. The World Unity Football Alliance is a collaborative effort between value-aligned teams with a mission to promote hope, opportunity, and universal human rights while celebrating the joy of bringing people together through the most beautiful of games: Football.

The game will be played behind closed doors at Merrist Wood College on May 9th following a series of weekly training sessions by the Surrey men’s team, partially held at the further education college. The game, sponsored by Martin Auvrey, will be the 3rd meeting between the two teams, with both of the previous meetings being held in 2019.

28 April 2019, Surrey 2 – 3 Chagos Islands
22 December 2019, Chagos Islands 1 – 4 Surrey

The game will mark the first occasion new Surrey manager Matt Nash has managed the team, while it will be the 2nd occasion in which Chagos Islands FA manager Jimmy Ferrar will have faced Surrey. Video coverage of the game will be provided by Surrey’s in-house broadcaster WatchISF with more details to be announced closer to the game, we look forward to welcoming the Chagos Islands to Surrey once again.

A digital match programme will be available, or you will be able to pre-order a physical copy, these will be available to order from the ISF Store, more details will be announced at a later date.

More details around the game including a match programme, video highlights, and more will be announced at a later date ahead of the game. Interested sponsors can contact Michelle Saunders at 07786 565555 or email info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk

Surrey Announces Provisional Squad for Trial Fixture

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce its first-ever provisional women’s squad call up list ahead of a planned trial game scheduled to take place at Merrist Wood College in January 2021.

The fixture will mark the first women’s game played under International Surrey Football’s banner and will help prepare the team for a planned full home debut scheduled to be held at Merstham Football Club in May 2021 with plans for fan attendance.

The game is being played behind closed doors at Merrist Wood College, near Guildford in Surrey and more details regarding the fixture including opposition will be announced closer to the time.

Surrey Women Call Ups*;

Maureen McAllister (GK)
Isobel Platten (GK)
Jo Liddell
Lily Davis
Iona Quinn
Zara Saville
Eileen Dunbar
Emily Stanley
Jessica Downes-Evans
Xayla-Rae Alberts
Eve McBrinn
Gemma Luke
Emily Oliver
Alice Curr
Mia Strutton

* The list is subject to change between now and matchday based on player availability or other unforeseen circumstances.

While the game will be played behind closed doors, fans will still be able to enjoy live tweets of the action during the match as well as video highlights posted to Surrey Football TV and match photographs expected to be shared through social media after the game.

The game will also see a number of students from Merrist Wood’s Football Development Programme take part in the inaugural squad. Despite the issues caused by 2020, International Surrey Football has continued to work with Merrist Wood College, most recently visiting the college to present a framed Surrey women’s shirt featuring the college’s logo as front of shirt sponsor.