Category: Non-FIFA

Statement: 2021 Southern Frontier Cup (15/01/2021)

International Surrey Football are disappointed to announce that the Southern Frontier Cup will be postponed again to a date to be confirmed due to continued disruption and uncertainty for all teams scheduled to participate and the continued COVID-19 situation in the UK. While the tournament was meant to take place in 4 months time, all teams require a substantial amount of time ahead of the tournament to make arrangements including travel, accommodation, and more, and the window for all teams to prepare is continuing to shrink while non-elite football in England remains suspended for an uncertain period of time and no time scales made regarding even a limited return of fans which would make the tournament likely financially unsustainable without at least limited fan attendance.

We hope that the long awaiting Southern Frontier Cup will take place in the future as International Surrey Football’s premier invitational competition. No details regarding a rescheduled Southern Frontier Cup will be released at this stage.

All fans that have purchased tickets for the tournament will be issued an automatic refund, which will be processed this weekend, please allow a further 5 days for refunds to be issued by Eventbrite. Sponsors may keep their sponsorship for their rearranged fixtures or may get in contact to request a cancellation. Some sponsorship, such as the support given to International Surrey Football, by supporters of Liga MX side Tigres UANL will be extended to include coverage at all Surrey home games in 2021, details to be confirmed.

Updates regarding our planned women’s trial game will be provided in a separate statement at a later date.

International Surrey Football remains committed to playing fixtures this summer, if not sooner, and will instead use the postponement of the Southern Frontier Cup as an opportunity to make its fixture plans more flexible and ready for when non-elite football is permitted again in England with matches planned behind closed doors at the earliest opportunity likely, but no details will be provided until an update has been issued by the UK Government and Football Association.

We continue to look forward to taking to the pitch later this year with our new kit manufactured by Hope & Glory Sportswear in any setting and look forward to welcoming teams to Surrey. We hope we can welcome Cascadia, Parishes of Jersey, and Yorkshire, as well as other teams to Surrey sooner rather than later.

Physical commemorative tickets that were printed before the tournament’s cancellation will be made available on the ISF Shop later today as a memento to the 2021 edition of the tournament.

Women’s Rep Showcase: Army FA (County FA)

In a series of articles, International Surrey Football are providing an introduction to a number of the already established teams International Surrey Football’s first women’s team could face at some point in the future. Today’s article is about the Army Football Association.

The Army Football Association was founded in 1888 and based out of the Aldershot Barracks in Hampshire close to the border with Surrey. Holding the distinction as one of the nearest women’s teams to International Surrey Football.

Even before the Army Football Association was formed a number of Army teams were in the forefront of the developing game. The Royal Engineers, based in Chatham, were in the first three FA Cup finals (1873-75) and were runners-up in the first two years, losing the first ever FA Cup final to Surrey based Wanderers. The Royal Engineers would eventually win in 1875, beating Old Etonians 2-0 in a replay at the Kennington Oval in Surrey.

In 1901 an Army side played a civilian team for the first time competing against Dorset and also Surrey County. The following year Tottenham Hotspur became the first Football League club to play the Army. In 1913 the Army FA took over the Army Athletics Ground in Aldershot as its permanent football home. The ground would be known as the Army Football Ground.

The Army FA operated 3 women’s team, a first team, reserve team and development side. The Army Women’s first team play in the Southern Counties Competition, an 8 team women’s tournament split between 2 groups involving the 3 military teams as well as county sides for Essex, Kent, Middlesex, Sussex as well as the Jersey FA team.

The Army FA holds a distinction to be the only team with both a men’s and women’s side that International Surrey Football has already faced. The Surrey men’s team played a friendly against the Army men’s first team at the Army Football Ground in March 2019 which resulted in a 6-0 win for the Army side in only Surrey’s second-ever game.

Army FA website: https://www.armyfa.com/
Army FA Twitter: https://twitter.com/Armyfa1888
Army FA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArmyFootballAssociation/
Army FA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/armyfa1888/

Women’s Rep Showcase: Karen FA (WUFA / CONIFA)

In a new series of articles, International Surrey Football will be providing an introduction to a number of the already established teams International Surrey Football’s first women’s team could face at some point in the future. Starting with the Karen Football Association.

The Karen Football Association was founded in Minnesota, USA in 2018 and represents the Karen people, primarily located in Burma, South East Asia. The Karen people began to inhabit what eventually became Burma about two thousand years ago. They traveled from Tibet and China and settled largely in the hills bordering the eastern mountainous region of Burma. In the 8th and 9th centuries, the Burmese also began migrating to the area north of what is now the Karen state. Ethnic groups around this region included the Mon, Shan, Thai, Burmese, and Karen. When the British colonized Burma in 1886, these groups all became part of Burma.

The Karen people are a marginalised group in Burma with many living in refugee camps in neighbouring Thailand due to persecution, and many have gone on to relocate and resettle in other parts of the world including the United States, Australia, Canada, England, and Norway.

The Karen Football Association is based in the United States and is the official governing body of the Karen Women’s and Men’s National Soccer Teams. KFA aims to develop a program that unites the community’s passion for football with the importance of gender equity. As an organization, and a team, they feel that it is their responsibility to be an influential role model for others; teaching their culture, and society, that women and men will always be on an equal playing field.

The Karen FA is one of just four members of the World Unity Football Alliance, including Surrey, to organise a senior women’s team prior to joining the alliance, making the Karen FA one of Surrey’s primary targets for potential full internationals, and we hope to travel to Minnesota, or elsewhere, to potentially play the Karen FA in a future fixture.

Karen FA website: https://karenfa.com/
Karen FA Twitter: https://twitter.com/karen__fa
Karen FA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karenfootballassociation
Karen FA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karenfootballassociation/

Dates for the Rescheduled 2021 Southern Frontier Cup Announced

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce the dates for the inaugural Southern Frontier Cup, originally intended to take place 23-24 May 2020, the rescheduled tournament will take place 29-30 May 2021, and will still be held at Whyteleafe FC in Tandridge in the eastern part of Surrey.

The tournament is currently scheduled to still feature the 4 teams previously announced to participate, Cascadia, Parishes of Jersey, Surrey and Yorkshire. However, changes may occur based on sudden changes in team availability or continued COVID travel restrictions. Changes in team participation including the replacement of participants will be announced if they occur in the lead up to the tournament.

The tournament will initially be planned with a limited capacity of 400 per day, in line with current COVID-19 restrictions as specified by the UK Government and Surrey FA. We will enforce these restricted numbers and the tournament will initially be an all-ticket event, this will be reviewed as restrictions change, this may result in increased or decreased capacity and International Surrey Football will advise fans in line with these changes. Ticket sales on matchday may be available, but we advise fans to purchase online with ticket refunds made available up to 24 hours before the tournament kicks off, as we cannot yet ensure matchday availability of tickets at the turnstiles under the current restricted capacity.

Ticket prices will remain largely unchanged from the originally planned May 2020 tournament. However, we’re pleased to say that Under 5s will now be able to claim free tickets when attending with a paying adult. Reduced price early bird tickets will be available from today, October 23rd, 2020 until December 31st, 2020, with General Sale prices coming into effect from January 1st, 2021 until matchday.

Early Bird Ticket prices are;
Adult: £10
Concession (65+): £8
Under 16s: £3
Under 5s: Free

General Sale Ticket prices are;
Adult: £15
Concession (65+): £10
Under 16s: £5
Under 5s: Free

Separate Saturday and Sunday will be required to attend both days of the tournament and tickets will continue to allow supporters attendance at both fixtures taking place each day. Supporters will also be able to pre-order commemorative physical tickets and our 64-page tournament programmes from our Eventbrite page from November 1st, 2020 when purchasing tournament tickets. These will be available for collection on either tournament day.

Saturday 29th May 2021 will feature the two semi-final fixtures, both games will be 90 minutes and if tied at full time then each game will go straight to penalties, no extra-time will be played. Sunday 30th May 2021 will begin with the third-place play-off followed by the final, the trophy will then be presented to the winning team following the end of the game.

On each day the first fixture is scheduled to kick off at midday (12:00 PM BST) and the second fixture is scheduled to kick off at 3:00 PM BST. Kick off times may be subject to change. The draw to determine each semi-final fixture will be held in January 2021, details to be confirmed.

As well as 2 matches of day 1 of the Southern Frontier Cup, we’re pleased to announce plans for guest speakers to share their football stories after the games have been held, the event will be subject to COVID-19 restrictions regarding indoor events, this is intended to take place in the Whyteleafe FC clubhouse after the conclusion of the day’s fixtures. We’re pleased to announce one of the first guest speakers hoping to take part Up Pohnpei author, Paul Watson, and he will be joined by 3 other yet to be confirmed speakers. Full details regarding ticketing of the post matchday guest speakers will be announced closer to the time as COVID-19 restrictions regarding indoor events become clearer.

Purchase your tickets for the 2021 Southern Frontier Cup today: https://2021sfc.eventbrite.co.uk

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.