Category: Southern Frontier Cup

2020/21 Surrey Fixture Update

Following our 2020 AGM we considered a number of fixtures for both our men and women’s team in 2020/21. We’re holding back on finalising dates until we know the relevant club fixtures to ensure no risk of conflict. However, we are happy to share some updates about what fans can begin to look forward to.

We currently only have 1 friendly planned in 2020 due to a likely congested club fixture list, we’ll be announcing details of our women’s trial game soon, once dates are confirmed, but a venue and likely opposition have been decided, subject to dates. The game will be held behind closed doors, even if there is a change in government/FA guidelines, this is to best prepare ourselves and ensure the safety and well being of everyone in our first game since December 2019.

We’re hoping our 2021 Surrey home friendlies will be open to spectators and will retain our existing price structure for both Surrey men and women’s games. Adult: £5, 65+/Student: £3 and U16: Free. Meanwhile our Southern Frontier Cup prices will also remain the same as they were for the original 2020 edition, however the Early bird discount deadlines will change, tickets will launch in August, exact date to be confirmed, and will remain available until the end of 2020, on January 1st 2021, the prices will change to general sale, so don’t miss out on getting your tickets early with up to 1/3 off.

All games open to spectators will be ticket only, and details of how you can purchase your tickets will be announced when details are confirmed. This is to both ensure we comply with any track and trace measures and limited capacity measures still in place for our games.

Our men’s team will play their long overdue friendly against a Hampshire Xi side in aid of St Catherines Hospice and Crohn’s and Colitis UK in May 2021, and will still be sponsored by Milestone Transport Planning.

We’ll also be aiming to announce new dates for the Southern Frontier Cup soon as well. Cascadia, Parishes of Jersey and Yorkshire are automatically re-invited to the rescheduled tournament, but their places will be confirmed once new dates have been agreed

We’ll also be looking to confirm details for other fixtures, especially our women’s home debut soon as well, and potential opposition for this game is also being looked into.

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

2021 Southern Frontier Cup Sponsorship Now Available

International Surrey Football is pleased to release the latest sponsorship information for the Southern Frontier Cup, now available to view on the Southern Frontier Cup website. With new prices and details now available. In situations where we may already have a sponsor, then we’ll alter their sponsorship based on the amount paid and the tiers previously agreed.

Options begin from just £20, up to £800 for our Gold Tier Sponsorship.

Full details: https://sfc.intsurreyfootball.co.uk/sponsorship/

2021 Southern Frontier Cup: What we know already

Due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the inaugural edition of the Southern Frontier Cup was forced to be postponed, this had forced a number of changes to the Southern Frontier Cup. However, there are already a number of details that can already be confirmed will occur for the rescheduled 2021 tournament.

Venue and Dates

In 2020 Whyteleafe Football Club was announced as the venue for the inaugural competition, when International Surrey Football reached the difficult decision to postpone the tournament, it was necessary to notify Whyteleafe FC of the decision before any public announcement was made, but as part of this notification, both ISF and Whyteleafe FC, were quick to reopen discussions when appropriate to ensure Whyteleafe FC was announced as the venue for the rescheduled 2021 edition. Official confirmation will be made later this year when possible.

While the official dates of the tournament wont be confirmed until discussions with Whyteleafe FC reopen later this year, it is realistic to expect a 2-day period in May 2021, following the conclusion 2020/21 non-league club season, and ideally before next summer’s main ConIFA tournament. The scheduling of the 2021 Muratti Vase will also be considered to account for the expected participation of the Parishes of Jersey.

Participants

The 2020 edition was due to feature Cascadia, Parishes of Jersey and Yorkshire, alongside hosts Surrey. With the forced rescheduling of the tournament, International Surrey Football has given each participant and renewed invite to reenter the tournament for the 2021 edition without any obligation that a team should feel required to do so. Should a team decide to leave the Southern Frontier Cup, then an alternative team will be looked into, but only should a team voluntarily leaves, with all 3 teams, currently anticipated to return, subject to confirmations at a later date.

Tickets

Following the decision to postpone the competition, International Surrey Football automatically refunded all tickets for the original dates, while new dates are currently undecided. It is hoped that once new dates for the tournament are agreed, early bird tickets will restart, although new start and end dates for their sale may be introduced before tickets go to full price may be introduced, with tickets expected to be available earlier, then last year.

Ticket prices, both for early bird and full prices will remain the same, with changes to Surrey Supporter Club and even discounts for NHS staff expected to be announced before tickets are released. Sales of extras will also be reviewed with commemorative physical tickets that can be exchanged during the tournament, are expected to be available from the beginning.

Sponsorship

A number of sponsorship for the 2020 competition had already been purchased before it was postponed. All existing sponsors will retain their sponsorship. However, to support businesses during a difficult financial time, sponsorship prices will be reviewed and lowered to make supporting the tournament more affordable while still providing great coverage at the tournament. Those that already purchased a sponsorship tier, will have their sponsorship automatically upgraded to the next most suitable tier at no extra charge.

Details of the reviewed sponsorship tiers will be announced once dates for the 2021 edition of the competition have been confirmed.

2021 Women’s Edition

Last year we issued a rallying cry to non-FIFA women’s teams of our ambition to host a women’s edition of our Southern Frontier Cup in 2021 [Read the article here], with the 2020 edition serving as a test of our ability to organise the tournament, before we expanded it to cover 2 parallel tournaments for men and women’s teams in 2021.

With the postponing of the 2020 men’s edition, with the inaugural edition now taking place in 2021, it has not yet been decided whether plans for a women’s edition will be delayed until 2022 to allow for this “test” of International Surrey Football’s ability with just 1 tournament in 2021. A final decision will be made later this year at ISF’s AGM, with Surrey’s current and anticipated financial situation, and the anticipated financial situation of the 2021 Southern Frontier Cup, to count heavily towards this decision. Surrey’s women’s team was due to debut this month but this was also cancelled due to COVID-19, plans for a rescheduled debut will be made once considered safe to do so.

Details regarding Surrey’s 2021 Southern Frontier Cup plans will be announced, once details can be agreed and confidence that the situation will be resolved ahead of such a tournament can be realistically achieved. Be sure to follow International Surrey Football on social media to received the latest updates available.

Statement: COVID-19 (20/03/2020)

International Surrey Football continues to monitor the impact COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is having on the world around us. The safety and well being of all players, team staff and supporters is the most paramount consideration for any team at this moment while considering what actions to undertake as football takes a backseat to this public health crisis.

On Monday 16th March the UK government announced its latest advice concerning COVID-19. Among other things, this recommended against all non-essential contact and travel. As a result, all football in Surrey organised under the scope of the Surrey FA has been suspended for an unspecified period of time. While the professional game in England had targetted a return this weekend, it has become clear that such a resumption of the game, especially those involving fan attendance, has become increasingly unlikely.

On Thursday 19th March the UK updated its forecasts and suggested that COVID-19 may not be in the decline for potentially 12 weeks, leading up to the 12th June.

On Tuesday 31st March ConIFA are expected to hold their own meeting to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the World Football Cup, due to be held in North Macedonia. It is unclear at this stage when football will formally return, and whether all levels of football, or just professional levels, may be able to complete the 2019/20 season, or whether the season will be formally cancelled.

While it remains unclear what the future may hold, International Surrey Football has made a number of decisions regarding all activities.

International Surrey Football has decided with immediate effect that the Southern Frontier Cup will be postponed until the summer of 2021, all 3 invited teams (Cascadia, Parishes of Jersey and Yorkshire) have been automatically invited to the rescheduled event. Exact dates will be confirmed, with the intention that the tournament will still take place at Whyteleafe Football Club at a similar time of year, between the Muratti Vase and whichever ConIFA tournament may be played, full details will be confirmed when available at a later date.

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.

Our planned charity match against a Hampshire XI, due to be held at Farnham Town Football Club, will also be suspended and rescheduled at a later date in 2020, details to be confirmed. However, a charity donation of £100 each to, Crohn’s & Colitis UK and St. Catherine’s Hospice, will be made in the meantime.

Surrey’s plans for a women’s trial game in April will also be suspended until further notice, as well as the planned marketing day to prepare for the official launch of the team’s new home kit. International Surrey Football will also suspend its search for a Commercial Director until further notice with all interviews currently on hold.

International Surrey Football will largely limit its activities during April while we continuously assess the situation, content will still be provided where possible on social media. In May we will reassess the situation in regards to COVID-19 and will consider the potential to play friendly fixtures should the non-league season remain suspended. This will be done for player well-being and fitness, but also to provide clubs with a potential financial income during this time, as well as providing opportunities to support local businesses and charities where possible. It is not clear what stance we will take in regard to supporter attendance.

Details will be arranged when available, and plans for fixtures will include both our senior men and women’s teams. Interested non-FIFA teams operating in the South-East, are encouraged to get in contact to discuss interest, and splitting costs, with opposition places being on a first come first serve basis.

Clubs that may be interested in hosting can also get in contact with us to discuss the potential for games.