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Surrey Women Planning to Host Afghanistan Development team in Dorking

Her Game Too was founded by football fans to tackle and call out the sexist and misogynistic abuse suffered by women and girls in football. (HerGameToo) Studies show that 64% of girls quit sport around the ages of 16-17. (GM Moving) The right to play sport is for everyone and the struggle for that right has been felt by sportswomen in Afghanistan for decades.

In 2007 the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee established the first Afghanistan national women’s team, made up of players from Kabul and in 2010 they played their first official fixture against Nepal in the 2010 SAFF Women’s Championship, in August 2021, that dream looked bleak as the Taliban captured the Afghan capital, Kabul, and women’s sports in Afghanistan abruptly ended.

International Surrey Football is therefore delighted to announce that we will be hosting the Afghanistan Women’s Development Team in a friendly fixture on Sunday 29th May at the Meadowbank Stadium in Dorking, which will also mark our Surrey Women’s first full debut since playing their opening trial game against the University of Surrey in 2021 which was won 8-1 by the county team. The game in Dorking will also be Surrey’s first game where fans will be able to attend and support the team on such an important occasion.

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The Afghanistan Women’s Development team is made up of players forced to leave their homes in Afghanistan following the fall of Kabul to Taliban forces and the withdrawal of NATO forces in August 2021. The team had been planning to compete in the under-23 Central Asian Football Federation’s women’s championship, unfortunately, those plans fell apart suddenly with the Taliban’s quick advance on the Afghan capital in scenes many of us will remember. (The Athletic [Paywall])

This event placed all Afghan women’s players at immediate risk, with many players encouraged to destroy their own kit to protect themselves and not be identifiable as footballers. Fortunately, many of the players and their families were able to safely leave Afghanistan, the women’s first team, now based in Melbourne, Australia and recently admitted to the regional Victoria football competition with assistance from A-League side Melbourne Victory FC. (ESPN) As well as some Afghan women’s youth teams that were able to safely relocate to Portugal. (ITV News)

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Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Women’s Development team were initially unable to be evacuated to the UK. The team went into hiding on their journey to Kabul’s airport. They were at the airport when a suicide bomber detonated explosives at a gate on the perimeter, killing 170 Afghan nationals as well as 13 US service members. It wasn’t until they had managed to safely cross the border into neighbouring Pakistan that they were able to leave for the UK with the help of Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani that the team were able to reach the UK and are able to train at Leeds United FC. (The Guardian)

The Afghanistan Development team recently enjoyed a trip to London with a game against the UK Parliamentary Women’s team with assistance from Amnesty International and played at Dulwich Hamlet and included a visit to Westminster. The Afghan team won every game they played against the British MPs. (Amnesty UK)

The plan to bring the team to Surrey isn’t over just yet, with travel and accommodation costs to cover for what is being planned as a 2-day trip for the Afghan players, International Surrey Football will be running a crowdfunding campaign, as well as seeking donations, to help contribute towards the travel and accommodation expenses for their stay in Dorking.

As well as individual donations, larger corporate donors can contact us directly to discuss sponsorship opportunities as well as to help cover the various costs for travel and accommodation.

Donations can be made to: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/afghanistan-to-dorking-football

Interested sponsors can contact us at info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk to help cover travel, accommodation, and other matchday-related expenses.

Surrey Men to Play Final Game Against Cascadia

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that the final game in a 4 match series of home fixtures for Surrey’s senior men’s team will be against the Cascadia Association Football Federation.

The North American region, which has played a number of games including some in Surrey, has not previously played the Surrey men’s team, although were scheduled, alongside Parishes of Jersey and Yorkshire, to participate in the 2020 Southern Frontier Cup, a 4-team mini-tournament organised by International Surrey Football before it was cancelled by the initial COVID-19 lockdown in the United Kingdom.

Cascadia is well known for its participation in the 2018 World Football Cup in London as the only North American participant, representing the US states of Oregon and Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia, which included a number of high profile players including former MLS defender, James Riley, and Scottish League Two/Canadian Premier League forward, Calum Ferguson.

Cascadia played their last game in May 2021 in an 8-1 loss to fellow British based team Kernow (Cornwall) in Kingswood, Middlesex. Cascadia has only played 1 game in their native North America, hosting Darfur United in Washington state for an 8-1 win in 2019.

A friendly between Surrey and Cascadia has been in the works for some time now, with COVID-19 related restrictions contributing heavily to the long wait for the game to be organised. International Surrey Football will be looking to end their men’s fixtures on a high against the strong Cascadian side that has often involved a number of Isthmian and Southern League players in recent years.

The game will be held at the Meadowbank Stadium in Dorking on Sunday 5th June, kicking off at 3.30 PM.

e-tickets will be available from today: tickets.intsurreyfootball.co.uk

Surrey vs Chagos Classic Returns in Dorking

International Surrey Football is delighted to announce that we will be welcoming the Chagos Islands team once again to Surrey, this time taking place in Dorking at Meadowbank stadium, home to National League South side Dorking Wanderers and the Surrey County FA.

Surrey and the Chagos Islands, are two of the closest teams in WUFA, not in terms of actual geography, the 5,900 miles that separate the largest of the atolls, Diego Garcia and the host town of Dorking, but in terms of where the two teams are actually based, with the Chagos Islands team being based much closer to Surrey’s border in Crawley in Sussex.

The game will be the fifth such meeting between the two teams, where goals have never been short in previous games, the four games already played between these two teams have seen 5 goals scored on 3 occasions with the 3-1 win to the Chagos Islands in the opening game of the WUFA World Series: Surrey Stage last year being the lowest scoring game between the two teams.

Surrey Manager Matt Nash will be looking to show progress this summer with a game against familiar opposition a good opportunity to show it against a clear benchmark when comparing to previous fixtures, something that would be harder to clearly gauge against Matabeleland and Hampshire which Surrey have never faced before.

The game will be held at the Meadowbank Stadium in central Dorking on Sunday 22nd May, kicking off at a slightly later 3.30 PM.

e-tickets will be available from today: tickets.intsurreyfootball.co.uk

Surrey vs Hampshire Charity Match to take place 15 May 2022

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that our postponed men’s charity match against Hampshire Charity FC, which had originally been scheduled for May 2020, but postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, has now been confirmed to take place on Sunday 15th May 2022 and will be played at the Woking College 3G pitch in Old Woking.

The game is to be played in aid of two charities, St. Catherine’s Hospice and Crohn’s & Colitis UK, and will see teams representing the counties of Surrey and Hampshire play their first friendly. Surrey will be represented by its senior men’s representative team organised by International Surrey Football, members of the World Unity Football Alliance and debuted in 2018, while Hampshire will be represented by Hampshire Charity FC, which debuted in 2021 in the National Affinity Cup, where they reached the Third Round in the tournament’s debut season.

The long-overdue fixture, originally scheduled to take place 2-years prior, will be held at Woking College, home to Woking FC’s women’s and academy teams, and run by Cardinals in the Community.

The game will be free admission for all but donations on arrival are encouraged, only cash donations can be accepted on matchday through collection buckets, with 100% of the money raised on the day being donated, being split 50/50 between the two charities. Match programmes will also be available to purchase on the day for £2.

Limited free parking will be available on the day, with the nearest train station being Woking, but with Old Woking served by regular bus services from Woking Town Centre as well.

Surrey to Host Matabeleland in Opening 2022 Friendly

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that the Surrey men’s team will be opening their 2022 post-season friendlies by hosting the Matabeleland diaspora team at Merstham Football Club on Sunday 8th May, the game will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

Surrey and Matabeleland, both members of the World Unity Football Alliance, will meet for the first time on Sunday 8th May at Merstham Football Club, where Surrey last hosted a game in front of spectators, playing the Chagos Islands at the Isthmian League club’s ground in April 2019, and both teams are excited to meet on the pitch for the first time later this year.

Matabeleland, established in 2016, the southern African team are best known globally for their participation in the 2018 World Football Cup held in London where they quickly became a fan favourite during the tournament. 2021 saw the establishment of the Matabeleland Diaspora team, representing Matabeleland from within the United Kingdom, and the team that Surrey will be hosting in May.

The Matabeleland diaspora team played their first game in September 2021 against the Welsh Football Fans for Independence with Matabeleland winning emphatically 6-0 against their hosts. Surrey meanwhile will be looking to build on the work of manager Matthew Nash having managed the Surrey side for the first time last summer as we hosted the Chagos Islands in a friendly, before welcoming teams for the inaugural edition of the WUFA World Series, all games were played behind closed doors at Merrist Wood College near Guildford.

Surrey will be hosting a number of men and women’s friendlies in May-June 2022, and we encourage fans to keep their eyes peeled for more information as it’s announced.

The game will be held at Moatside, home of Merstham Football Club on Sunday 8th May, kicking off at 3pm. Only e-tickets will be accepted at the gate but can be purchased at any point before kick-off, cash may be accepted in the clubhouse and done so at the discretion of Merstham Football Club.

Tickets are available for purchase from today: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/surrey-vs-matabeleland-tickets-296585343747