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.
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.
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.
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.