Category: Women’s Representative Showcase

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/

Women’s Rep Showcase: Karen FA (WUFA / CONIFA)

In a new series of articles, International Surrey Football will be 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. Starting with the Karen Football Association.

The Karen Football Association was founded in Minnesota, USA in 2018 and represents the Karen people, primarily located in Burma, South East Asia. The Karen people began to inhabit what eventually became Burma about two thousand years ago. They traveled from Tibet and China and settled largely in the hills bordering the eastern mountainous region of Burma. In the 8th and 9th centuries, the Burmese also began migrating to the area north of what is now the Karen state. Ethnic groups around this region included the Mon, Shan, Thai, Burmese, and Karen. When the British colonized Burma in 1886, these groups all became part of Burma.

The Karen people are a marginalised group in Burma with many living in refugee camps in neighbouring Thailand due to persecution, and many have gone on to relocate and resettle in other parts of the world including the United States, Australia, Canada, England, and Norway.

The Karen Football Association is based in the United States and is the official governing body of the Karen Women’s and Men’s National Soccer Teams. KFA aims to develop a program that unites the community’s passion for football with the importance of gender equity. As an organization, and a team, they feel that it is their responsibility to be an influential role model for others; teaching their culture, and society, that women and men will always be on an equal playing field.

The Karen FA is one of just four members of the World Unity Football Alliance, including Surrey, to organise a senior women’s team prior to joining the alliance, making the Karen FA one of Surrey’s primary targets for potential full internationals, and we hope to travel to Minnesota, or elsewhere, to potentially play the Karen FA in a future fixture.

Karen FA website: https://karenfa.com/
Karen FA Twitter: https://twitter.com/karen__fa
Karen FA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karenfootballassociation
Karen FA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karenfootballassociation/