Category: Women’s Football

Outlandish Ideas, Part 1: International Surrey Women’s Club Cup

In a new series of “outlandish ideas” that have at one stage been thought up but never gone beyond being an initial idea, we’ll be exploring them in greater details and looking at what International Surrey Football could be or has otherwise looked into.

Today, we look at the “International Surrey Women’s Club Cup”, or more generally, a Surrey Women’s County Cup.

Currently, no Surrey only county-wide women’s competition exists that is run by the Surrey County FA. The Surrey FA instead works with the Middlesex FA, London FA and Amateur FA to run the Women’s Capital Cup covering all 4 FAs together, and in the 2019/20 season, the Combined Counties Football League ran it’s first Women’s Midweek Cup, involving 18 clubs before it was halted abruptly due to COVID-19.

Therefore the opportunity to run a county-wide cup competition in Surrey for senior women’s teams is certainly there. However, any such plan, due to its scale and the heavy involvement of club sides would in our own mind require cooperation with the Surrey FA, with the competition itself almost certainly being affiliated with the SFA but run by International Surrey Football, which would serve purely as a commercial/legal entity for the competition running the tournament’s logistics and planning.

Currently, 23 senior women’s teams in Surrey (as listed on our website) compete between the FA National League (Level 3) and level 8 of women’s football, this means at least 9 “invited” teams from outside the county may be required to provide a 32 team minimum for the competition.

So why have International Surrey Football not gone further in-depth with this idea considering that interest in women’s cup competition does exist after the CCFL announced it’s own competition? The decision comes largely down to logistics. Currently, the ISF doesn’t have the manpower to dedicate to a season-long competition that an “International Surrey Women’s Club Cup” would require. In theory, we’d expect needing at least 1 dedicated individual, with a new role going with it, to handle the regular work such a competition would likely require.

Should someone come forward or otherwise express interest in working with ISF to realise such an idea, the decision to take it forward might become reality, but we couldn’t actively commit to such a plan without that dedicated individual.

What other outlandish ideas have we come up with at International Surrey Football and how far actually are they from becoming reality? Our aspiration is to grow beyond our senior men and women’s teams and play more regular fixtures with one team or another is high in our priority list, and the continued growth of our team will allow us to explore such ideas.

Surrey Looking for Multiple Content Writers [Vacancy]

Aspiring football journalist? Informed fan? Esteemed blogger? International Surrey Football is on the lookout for new contributors and fresh perspectives on the game in Surrey to contribute fresh and more localised content for our website.

We’re currently on the lookout for writers to bring fresh ideas and push the site forward. While you don’t have to be a seasoned professional journalist to write for ISF, we look for writers with some level of experience, or a very detailed knowledge of the game and a keen analytical eye perhaps looking to appeal to a new audience, whether it’s content focused towards Surrey’s non-league football scene, covering the world of non-FIFA football, the history of football in Surrey or something a little different.

We want to share the stories and the goings-on with football in Surrey and non-FIFA while sharing our own journey along the way. It’s intended that we’ll help to attract a larger, more regular viewership to the Surrey website by covering varied content that may help introduce those not previously aware of International Surrey Football through their interest in their respective non-league teams.

We’re looking for team, or preferably league specific writers who may already be writing content about the National League, Southern League, Isthmian League, Combined Counties, Southern Combination, South East Counties or Hellenic League or the countless women’s teams in Surrey and want an additional outlet to raise awareness of their name and content.

This role is ideal for programme writers or bloggers from across the county already providing content on their respective clubs looking for a new outlet for their work.

All writers will be credited in all articles, and while we can’t currently promise any payment for the content beyond the promotion of your work, particularly popular articles may help lead to performance-based payments for any future content and we will share article views with writers upon request.

Anyone interested in providing content for International Surrey Football can get in touch at info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk to discuss

Merrist Wood College to Sponsor Surrey Women

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that we have agreed to a front of shirt sponsorship for our senior women’s team and will work in association with Merrist Wood College, based in Worplesdon, near Guildford. The sponsorship creates a new link between International Surrey Football and local football in Surrey and is our first partnership with an educational programme.

Merrist Wood College hosts the Football Development Programme for boys and girls aged 16-19, which incorporates both full-time football training with post-16 education across five days a week. The programme has previously been operated in conjunction with Chelsea FC, but more recently with Westfield FC for their Under 18s boys, and independently with their Under 18s girls.

We’re pleased to welcome Merrist Wood College as our first women’s team sponsors, the team is currently taking registration for our upcoming trial fixture, with a planned debut in 2020. We held a meeting with Robbie Porter, manager of the college programme late last year, and we felt that there was a shared vision for pushing the development of women’s football in Surrey while providing a successful and fulfilling educational programme alongside it.

Merrist Wood College will be joined by two sleeve sponsors, existing sponsors CW Sport Radio and our new in house match highlight YouTube channel Surrey Football TV (SFTV). No back of shirt sponsor will feature on the Surrey women’s shirt. Shirts will be produced by Yorkshire based supplier Godzown Sports and will be available for purchase from their online store.

As well as the sponsorship, the two organisations will be working in association to help promote and create opportunities in women’s football for those aged 16-19 and build a platform towards senior club football and even up to senior representative football provided through International Surrey Football.

As part of this association it will see Merrist Wood’s Under 18 teams come under the name and banner of International Surrey Football for selected games and will serve as our official Under 18 teams, although in order to prioritise educational opportunities, a relaxation of eligibility rules will be applied to the teams allowing players from areas around the Surrey border, but not based in Surrey, the chance to play at Under 18 level, but only those meeting eligibility criteria will be able to be offered senior representative opportunities.

International Surrey Football will also provide opportunities for Surrey coaches to provide sessions for Merrist Wood students during the season and Merrist Wood will work with International Surrey Football to run summer camps for youth players of various age groups as Surrey looks to build its presence in youth football within the county.

The association will bring a new dimension to non-FIFA football for International Surrey Football, and we look forward to working with the college to achieve success.

Player sign-ups are still available for our upcoming women’s trials fixture. Follow the link and complete the form to be included on the day; https://intsurreyfootball.co.uk/player-sign-up/

Women’s Twitter Followers Table – Feb 2020

RankTeamFollowersTier
1Chelsea222.3k1
2Crystal Palace8,2442
3Fulham FC Foundation3,7095
4Peckham Town2,6289
5Wanderers2,1949
6Dulwich Hamlet2,1015
7AFC Wimbledon1,6904
8Millwall Lionesses1,5506
9Abbey Rangers1,3128
10Sutton United1,0436
11Walton Casuals8127
12Whyteleafe8125
13Richmond Park7289
14South London Laces6398
15International Surrey Football609
15Woking5037
17Godalming Town4786
18Milford & Witley4757
19Westside4739
20Wandsworth Borough3999
21Clapham United3806
22Balham Panthers3208
23South London2138
24Mole Valley1667
25Comets917
26Badshot Lea728
27Guildford Saints488
28Tooting Bec9

Table shows all senior sides (reserves and development teams in the senior structure not included) based within the historical county of Surrey competing in the English football league system at Tier 9 or above.

Follower numbers checked on 13/02/2020 based on the most recently active twitter account. Teams that operate joint Men/Women’s account included if providing clear and reasonable coverage of both teams.

Surrey Issues Rallying Cry for Women’s Edition of Southern Frontier Cup

With November set to see a number of high profile announcements to give fans, sponsors and the media a first glimpse of the venue, ticketing, logo and teams participating in the competition, International Surrey Football would like to take the opportunity of the “calm before the storm” with only a week before the first announcements are made to issue a rallying cry for the competition’s future.

In 2020, we’ll see the first edition of the Southern Frontier Cup, an invitational men’s international non-FIFA tournament with a simple motto explaining its premise “4 Teams, 2 Days, 1 Winner”. In 2008 and 2010, the only 2 editions of the VIVA World Cup Women’s Tournament were held, organised by the NF Board (the predecessor of ConIFA, the main governing body of non-FIFA international football), and were held in Sapmi (Sweden) and Gozo (Malta) respectively.

Each edition featured only 2 teams playing a 2 legged fixture, the fixtures were held as a side event to the main men’s editions of the VIVA World Cup hosted by the same host nations as the Women’s World Cups. In 2018 Sapmi and Northern Cyprus played the first ConIFA organised women’s friendly.

In 2021, we intend to host the first Women’s Edition of the Southern Frontier Cup under the same premise, “4 Teams, 2 Days, 1 Winner”, which will also be hosted at a non-league ground in Surrey and would be held as a standalone event. With only 4 teams, the Southern Frontier Cup would already be the largest competitive non-FIFA tournament held for women’s football outside Europeada and the Island Games.

We, therefore, would like to invite every ConIFA women’s team to consider their participation as we look to begin preparations for the tournament following the conclusion of our 2020 Fixtures at the end of May 2020.

We’re also pleased to announce the decision to offer potential sponsors the opportunity to extend their Southern Frontier Cup sponsorship to a 2 year period, covering both the men and women’s editions for just 50% more than the stated 1 year price to support non-FIFA women’s football.