Category: Southern Frontier Cup

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.

New Extras Available for Southern Frontier Cup

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that we’ve added a number of new extra purchases available for the Southern Frontier Cup to allow fans to pre-order a selection of merchandise items ahead of the tournament to ensure they’re available before they run out.

Commemorative Physical Ticket: £3

Physical tickets will now be offered for fans to trade with their e-ticket on matchday, the trade will incur an additional fee of £3 to cover printing costs and stock will be limited, it is recommended fans include a commemorative ticket as part of their main ticket order to avoid disappointment during the tournament.

2019 Surrey Scarf: £10

Our 2019 Surrey X Pilgrim scarf will be available to reserve with collection available during the tournament. Stock will be limited with no plans for any new batch unless demand is high.

Pin Badge: £3.50

Everyone loves a pin badge and we already planned to sell badges as part of our retail stand during the Southern Frontier Cup. However, we’re now offering the chance to pre-order and reserve a pin badge to be collected during the tournament.

A3 Poster: £3

We received a lot of interest just from unveiling our fantastic poster created by Michael Taylor or Corner Flag Creative, and as well as the posters that you’ll be able to see in the weeks leading up to the Southern Frontier Cup, you’ll also be able to now buy your own A3 copy of the poster. Stock will be limited during the tournament, so ensure you pre-order a poster to avoid disappointment.

Groundhopper Pack: £10

The groundhopper pack is a collection of items at a great price for groundhoppers and other fans looking for a little bit of everything. The pack includes a commemorative physical ticket, a Surrey pin badge, a tournament programme and an A3 poster.

Quantities of all items may be limited and all items will be first come first served in their availability. All orders will be collected at the merchandise table that will be set up for the duration of the tournament, fans that aren’t able to attend the Southern Frontier Cup but still want to purchase tournament merchandise, an update of how to do that will be made available soon. Merchandise purchased through Eventbrite will NOT be posted.

Pre-order and buy your tickets today and enjoy early bird prices

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2020-southern-frontier-cup-tickets-79315339315

Or go to 2020sfc.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.

VACANCY: Commercial Director

International Surrey Football is seeking a Commercial Director to lead ISF’s commercial goals and lead the growth of its retail, ticketing, public awareness and sponsorship sectors.

Job description

You’ll be required to develop a plan for ISF’s commercial growth developing 4 key areas. You’ll be free to introduce and create your own team to handle each sector.

  • Retail: Managing the promotion and sale of all retail items from shirts, pin badges, scarfs and more, through online or matchday sales,
  • Ticketing: Expanding Surrey’s existing ticketing structure to support online sales and card payments at the gate,
  • Public Awareness: Participation in public engagement opportunities at non-ISF fixtures for fan interaction and retail opportunities,
  • Sponsorship: Expanding ISF’s existing and growing sponsorship network and growing potential sponsorship opportunities,

Your goal will be to help International Surrey Football to become financially self-sufficient through commerical opportunities available through the above key areas. It is also encouraged (although not required) that you build a team to assist in these areas and delegate where possible.

The role is voluntary and may require travel across Surrey to meet with potential and existing clients as well as participating in public awareness events, however, you’ll have control to negotiate time and dates for all engagements and be responsible for managing your own engagements.

The role will be voluntary (as are all ISF positions) and can be done primarily remotely, but travel to and around Surrey may be required. Travel expenses may be discussed based on job performance. However, success in this role can lead to a commission-based structure after proving success in the role.

Hours per month:

5-20 recommended but it is at the discretion of the Commercial Director to set a working schedule that is manageable around other commitments. Additional time may be required based on the demands of the role, but unlikely to extend beyond the suggested hours.

You will be provided;

  • Access to the ISF Commercial Twitter account, this will be used to interact with potential clients on social media,
  • Provided a commercial@intsurreyfootball.co.uk email to sent and receive ISF related emails;

An applicant will have;

  • Experience in sales and/or marketing and managing relationships with key clients,
  • Organizational and leadership skills,
  • Communication and interpersonal abilities,
  • Be based in or within a reasonable travel distance of Surrey,

Interested applicants are encouraged to send a CV and covering letter to us at info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk

Southern Frontier Cup Sponsorship Raffle

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that it’ll be offering its Gold Tier sponsorship for the Southern Frontier Cup taking place at Whyteleafe FC between May 23-24 through a raffle. Tickets will be available at £50 per ticket for the top tier of sponsorship for the inaugural edition of the tournament.

A minimum of 10 tickets (Each £50) must be sold before the draw can take place, with no limit of how many tickets each entrant can purchase and no limit on how many total raffle tickets may be purchased beyond that 10 tickets minimum. Existing or past sponsors of International Surrey Football may enjoy a free bonus ticket if they purchase a ticket for the Southern Frontier Cup raffle, tickets will be available until the end of March 31st when early bird ticket prices will also end.

The raffle winners will enjoy the following coverage before and during the tournament to promote their business.

  • Press Release
  • Branding on Competition Logo (Below the logo with the tag line “Presented by”)
  • Branding on Marketing Flyers
  • Branding on Competition Poster (Posters will be located at Whyteleafe FC and other locations)
  • Branding on Competition and ISF website
  • Social Media Shoutouts
  • Branding on Programme Cover
  • Full Page Colour Advert in Programmes
  • Branding on Competition Graphics
  • Branding on Pitchside Banners
  • Branding on Banners visible at Turnstiles
  • Present Trophy to Winners
  • 10 Tickets to attend the tournament for employee, friends or clients

Those that enter the raffle, but aren’t lucky enough to win will still be able to win any of our additional prices!

The 2nd place raffle will get a silver tier sponsorship for the tournament, the 3rd – 6th place raffle winner will get a bronze tier sponsorship for the tournament. All additional raffle winners will be guaranteed a programme advert for the tournament as well as their logo featuring on the roller banner placed at the turnstile each day as well as 2 tickets to the tournament.

Full sponsorship details: https://intsurreyfootball.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Southern-Frontier-Cup-Censored.pdf

For any questions or to purchase your tickets please contact us at info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk

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