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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 Women to play 2 Games at Dorking this Summer

(Photo credit: Sheena Booker)

We’re pleased to announce that the Surrey Women will be playing 2 games, 1 game taking place in both May and June as part of the team’s summer fixture plans which will also mark their first games in front of spectators having debuted in 2021 in a behind closed doors friendly against the University of Surrey women’s team at Merrist Wood College, which Surrey won 8-1.

The two-game series of women’s fixtures will be played at Meadowbank Stadium in Dorking, home of National League South side Dorking Wanderers FC, including their women’s team.

Match details;

Opposition TBC
Sunday 29th May
3:30 PM Kick-off
Meadowbank Stadium, Dorking

Opposition TBC
Sunday 12th June
3:30 PM Kick-off
Meadowbank Stadium, Dorking

Ticketing Information

Both games will be ticketed at the same rate as Surrey’s other games this summer with all general admission tickets at £5, with Under 12s being free if attending with a paying adult, and will be available to purchase as e-tickets ahead of each match. Special discounts may also be available for any youth teams, and any clubs should contact ISF directly to arrange.

Details of opposition will be announced once confirmed, and tickets will go on sale when announced. Match programmes will be on sale at both fixtures for just £2 each with full-page adverts available for £15 each, or available as a bundle for both games for just £20.

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

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.