Category: ISF

Matt Dilger Steps Down as Surrey Men’s Manager

Matt Dilger, appointed Surrey manager in 2019 and oversaw the team in our most recent game against the Chagos Islands in December 2019, will be stepping down as Surrey’s senior men’s manager with immediate effect.

Matt Dilger was supposed to manage Surrey men in their May 2020 fixtures involving 2 friendlies, including our Hampshire XI charity match and the inaugural Southern Frontier Cup, unfortunately, COVID-19 forced the postponement of all fixtures, now in the process of rescheduling for 2021.

Speaking of the resignation Surrey President, Danny Clarke, said “We’ve accepted Matt’s resignation, and we thank him for his help in our most recent game and hoped he’d been able to manage more fixtures, but circumstances haven’t allowed that. We have no men’s games scheduled for the near future meaning the role will remain vacant for the time being.”

Detail regarding the appointment of Surrey’s next men’s manager will be announced when available.

Bringing Tigres to Surrey

Finding sponsors this season is proving difficult for many teams and we’re no exception, we have a number of games to look forward to, especially in 2021, and that is why we want to use this opportunity to bring Tigres closer to our plans than ever before to promote the club’s fantastic fanbase in the UK. If everyone of the 100s of Tigres fans donated just £5 (~MEX$145) we’d be able to afford everything we’d need this season!

We want to celebrate our unique connection with the Tigres fans and help them to promote their club to UK fans, that’s why we’re planning to run a special crowdfunder to support our 2020/21 plans.

We’re aiming to raise £1,200 (~MEX$35,000) to give Tigres fans our Gold Tier sponsorship of our very own Southern Frontier Cup tournament which will see the Tigres name and image spread across the 2-day tournament, but also cover a pitchside banner (like the one below) that will be present at a Surrey football ground all season including during several upcoming Surrey games.

As part of our Gold Tier Sponsorship (Full Details) of our main event in 2021. This would mean that we will incorporate the Tigres image onto our new 2021 kit that will go on sale later this year. (Example shown below)

We’ll also incorporate Tigres into our website, our tournament programmes, banners around the football stadium and more. The games will also be live-streamed for free and available internationally with English commentary provided by our partners at CW Sport Radio.

While we’re aiming for £1,200, if we raise more than beyond this, we’ll come up with more ways of celebrating the Tigres fans for helping up this season. As well as our tournament we have other games including a charity match and the debut of our new women’s team and we’d look to thank Tigres supporters here as well.

Fans interested in supporting the Tigres Supporters sponsorship of International Surrey Football in the 2020/21 season, can contribute here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/tigres-fans-supporting-surrey

Surrey Partners with Hope & Glory Sportswear for 2021 Men’s Kit

International Surrey Football is pleased to reveal our 2021 Men’s kit, produced with the help of Kit Factor and due to be manufactured by Hope & Glory Sportswear, recent providers of our #NotBlueandGold blackout shirts in aid of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). Currently unsponsored, a final decision will be made later this year on whether the new kit will be sponsored and if so who will sponsor the new kit which will be worn at our 2021- fixtures and the 2021 Southern Frontier Cup.

Details of when the 2021 kit will be available are yet to be determined, and are anticipated to be available in batched pre-orders. Details will be announced when available.

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.

Surrey joins World Unity Football Alliance

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce a new stage in our journey as we join as founding members of the World Unity Football Alliance (WUFA), started by the NGO iAct, founders of the Darfur Football Association.

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 WUFA’s united core values include empathy, compassion, equity, honesty, and respect for universal human rights. The WUFA will work equitably together on projects, campaigns, and events that elevate the Alliance’s mission and values, and those of each of our teams.

We feel this move will benefit both our men and women’s teams and will provide the teams with new opportunities, as well as providing a means to support football and communities outside the UK.

As well as Surrey and Darfur, WUFA members also include the Chagos Islands, Matabeleland, Parishes of Jersey, Karen, Tamil Eelam and Barawa.

Read the full statement from the WUFA here: https://twitter.com/WorldUnityFA/status/1280590868693389313?s=20