Category: Women’s Football

Surrey is Pleased to Welcome Impetus as our Women’s Team Coach Polo Shirt Sponsor

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce women’s football website, Impetus, as our first Polo Sponsor for the women’s team coaches and admin staff. We’re grateful for the support of Impetus to Surrey which will also see their logo featured on a new set of polos for our women’s team coaching staff and also on our website and in matchday programmes for at least the next 6 full home games played by the women’s team as we work on our plans for 2021.

The support of Impetus as part of this sponsorship will help to enhance the work of the Surrey women’s coaching staff with polos that will help them to stand out clearly when working with players and clubs across Surrey. The logo will be seen across Surrey’s website, in our match programmes from our first full home debut and at games, training and more.

Our new polo shirts supplied by our technical suppliers Hope & Glory sportswear and will be worn by Surrey’s manager and admin staff at Surrey events including training, matchday, and other public engagements.

We’re also looking forward to seeing Impetus contribute some of their content towards non-FIFA international women’s football going forward and will be promoting their work across our social media platforms. The Surrey women’s team are currently finalising their plans that will see them take to the pitch for the very first time this summer with a number of trial games against club opposition and more.

Website: impetusfootball.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ImpetusFootball

Women’s Rep Showcase: Darfur United (WUFA)

In a series of articles, International Surrey Football is 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 of another World United Football Alliance member, Darfur United.

History

The Darfur United Women’s Team began in 2018 and is made up of female players from eight refugee camps in eastern Chad. Darfur United gives the women of Darfur the opportunity to train, compete, and represent their people on the field, and bring new possibilities for women and girls in their community, where few exist today. Building on the success of the Darfur United Men’s Team, the Women’s Team will continue to bring hope to the thousands of displaced Darfuris by representing and connecting them to the world. The players will be given a global platform to amplify the voices and needs of their people.

Darfur United is run by iAct, and international NGO that runs both Darfur men and women’s teams. In 2005, iACT Founding Executive Director Gabriel Stauring visited his first Darfuri refugee camp, located on the Chad-Sudan border. Stauring’s goal was to collect the stories of survivors of the Darfur genocide, then share them with individuals, the international community, and governmental actors in order to inspire action. The trip, intended to be his first and only, turned into visits taken two to three times every year, as well as a new path in life.

Today, iACT is an international organization pioneering processes, programs, and education campaigns to improve the humanitarian refugee response around the globe. iACT is about action and support inspired through personal relationships. Teamwork is at the heart of our change model. We collaborate with experts and organizations across different sectors, and, most importantly, the refugee beneficiaries, in order to design and implement education, sports, and human rights solutions at the forefront of humanitarian efforts.

You can watch more of Darfur United’s story in this 2019 documentary film, Not Just Football, trailer below.

You can also learn more about Darfur United, iAct or follow the team on social media here:

Darfur United website: https://darfurunited.com/
iAct Website: https://www.iact.ngo/
Darfur United Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarfurUnited
Darfur United Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarfurUnited

Surrey Football TV to Become WatchISF and will Aim to Trial Free Video Service for Surrey Based Clubs

International Surrey Football’s Surrey Football TV was launched in 2020 with plans to provide on-demand full match replays and highlights of Surrey’s 2020 games, including the Southern Frontier Cup. However, after COVID-19 forced many of its plans to be scrapped we’re pleased to announce that the service will be rebranded as WatchISF going into a new list of revamped 2021 plans.

As well as plans for WatchISF to continue to cover Surrey’s fixtures, including our women’s trial games, men’s friendlies in 2021, and intentions to expand to some non-match content such as training session content, interviews, and more going forward, the service will be aiming to provide coverage of other teams, this may include WUFA and CONIFA sides playing fixtures in or near Surrey, or during the club season, WatchISF will be looking to provide coverage of local Surrey fixtures, with the aim to provide regular full match or highlights coverage of individual clubs or leagues, at no expense to the participating parties.

With the service intended to be free for participating clubs to increase their exposure online and provide WatchISF with regular content on a nearly weekly basis the cost of running the service will be expected to come from 2 main sources with International Surrey Football directly funding the service, as well as the sale of sponsorship packages, details to be confirmed.

The aim of WatchISF is to increase the access of Surrey non-league content, and not be based solely on match content, and help clubs make the leap to online video content without adding to club’s expenses as Surrey eases out of the latest COVID restrictions that may likely lead to a cancellation of the remainder of the 2020/21 season which had been heavily disrupted by restrictions and financial uncertainty.

As well as providing the on-demand footage for free, videos will be made available 24 before anyone else via ISF’s Surrey Supporters Club, provided through its online membership service Patreon, with SCC membership starting at just £2 a month for fans to view games and highlights before anyone else.

You can subscribe to WatchISF’s Youtube page here: WatchISF Youtube
Or join the Surrey Supporter’s Club for exclusive, pre-release access to videos here: https://www.patreon.com/intsurreyfootball/

International Surrey Football will also be looking for a dedicated Head of Video Content to lead WatchISF’s expansion beyond its initial matchday recordings and into its expansion. Interested candidates can contact us at info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk including a cover letter and CV.

Surrey Women’s Trial Postponed Until COVID Restrictions Ease in Surrey

International Surrey Football would like to issue an update regarding our planned women’s trial, most recently scheduled for January 30th, 2021. With the continued lockdown restrictions in Surrey, we’re postponing our women’s trial game until we see confirmation of when non-elite football can resume in Surrey.

We’ll remain in contact with players and are discussing potential revised dates with an aspiration for the team to take to the pitch within the first few weeks of restrictions easing, subject to confirmation of dates, venue, and opposition.

Because of this the team will be aiming to remain flexible in its approach, as a result, this means we’ll be looking at finding potentially multiple teams and match officials in order to best ensure a delay isn’t caused by potential availability issues for officials or potential opposition.

And women’s team or qualified match officials based in or near Surrey can contact us via email at info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk to discuss arrangements.

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/