Category: World Unity Football Alliance

WORLD UNITY FOOTBALL ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES FIRST MAJOR TOURNAMENT: WUFA WOMEN’S WORLD UNITY CUP

Credit: Sheena Booker (@girltinyshooter), April 2021

The World Unity Football Alliance (WUFA) is pleased to announce the WUFA Women’s World Unity Cup. WUFA’s first-ever major tournament and women’s event is intended to take place in the Summer of 2022. The host federation will be confirmed later this year. WUFA is excited to deliver this truly ground-breaking event to fans of both non-FIFA football and women’s football.

The WUFA Women’s World Unity Cup will be one of the largest non-FIFA women’s football tournaments ever held. The event will showcase eight teams that represent a diverse group of peoples and regions from around the world. Information about participating teams will be announced at a later date.

The tournament will be played over seven days, with a group stage followed by knockout and championship stages. Each team will play five games over this duration.

The Women’s World Unity Cup is a needed and exciting opportunity for the promotion and development of non-FIFA women’s football, which is too often seen as secondary to men’s football. The tournament solidifies WUFA’s ambitions and support for equality and women’s football. It will be the first large-scale tournament under the WUFA banner and the first truly global women’s tournament in non-FIFA football.

We’re excited to bring this tournament to the forefront of our plans. Its development grew from WUFA’s localised mini-tournament—the WUFA World Series—which saw its first-edition hosted by International Surrey Football in May and the opening stage won by the Chagos Islands.

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Games to be Shown Live on WatchISF

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that it is intended that all of it’s upcoming games, including all 4 games of the WUFA World Series, will be shown live of WatchISF’s channel on football live streaming platform Mycujoo, with full match replays and highlights uploaded to its YouTube channel.

Surrey women’s opening friendly against the University of Surrey on Saturday 24th April will be the first Surrey game to be shown live, while the first men’s game will be the Sunday 9th May friendly against the Chagos Islands. Live streaming will also include all 4 games of the upcoming WUFA World Series.

Livestreaming will be available for free for all games, with a “virtual ticket” option being available for each game for supporters to support the stream and will be sold through Surrey’s online store, which will include a digital programme for the men’s friendly and WUFA World Series, while physical copies can also be pre-ordered. Virtual tickets will also be available for the women’s game as a way to support the team in their 3 upcoming friendlies, including 2 games against the University of Surrey women’s team, and will not be required to watch the live stream.

The streams will begin up to 15 minutes before the kick off of each game, starting at 12.45 pm for the Surrey Women’s first game this Saturday.

Virtual tickets will be available from ISF’s online store: https://shop.intsurreyfootball.co.uk/

WatchISF will be available from its Mycujoo channel: https://mycujoo.tv/en/video/int-surrey-football

International Surrey Football cannot guarantee the quality of the streams, as this will be based on the available data coverage, data upload speeds and connection to the streaming platform.

Surrey Women to Play First 2 Games Against University of Surrey

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce, after much delay Surrey’s women’s team will play 2 games against the University of Surrey women’s team, the long overdue debut of the Blue and Gold side in a friendly against local opposition has proved a long time coming with delays caused by COVID-19 and local UK restrictions on travel and non-professional sport.

We’re pleased to finally by hosting games at Merrist Wood College were the team will be training for the next 2 weekends in preparation for the first game on 24th April, before playing a different selection of players from the Guildford based university on 15th May.

The 3rd and final game of this 2 month period of training and games for International Surrey Football is yet to be announced with details still being finalised, but is scheduled to be held at Merrist Wood College as well on 29th May.

Video replay of the games and more will be provided by ISF’s in house broadcaster WatchISF, details of coverage will be provided closer to matchday. All games played at Merrist Wood College will be behind closed doors with no spectators permitted, we hope to have fans at our first fill international debut at a later date.

2021 WUFA World Series: Surrey – Semi-Final Fixtures

We’re pleased to announce the opening 2 fixtures for the WUFA World Series: Surrey Stage, to be held in Guildford, the games will held back to back on the same day, Sunday 16th May, and played behind closed doors. The WUFA World Series is an international competition organised under the World Unity Football Alliance banner, the first decentralised tournament by the alliance.

Game 1 – Surrey vs Maghreb

Surrey will host non-WUFA members Maghreb in the opening game of the competition. The two teams have never previously met with plenty of unknowns going into the game. Maghreb are the only non-WUFA members in the tournament, invited to take part as representatives of the Moroccan diaspora in England, will be playing their first official non-FIFA game as part of the tournament.

Game 2 – Barawa vs Chagos Islands

Barawa and Chagos Islands will place in the later game, having previously played each other on three occasions, Barawa winning on two occasions, the Chagos Islands once, with the teams most recently meeting in a friendly in 2018.

The losers of each game will progress to a third-place game held at the early kick-off on Sunday 23rd May, while the winners of each game will progress to the final. Details of how you can watch the WUFA World Series, as well as highlights, will be announced closer to the game, as well as details of the tournament programme which will be available for pre-order soon on the ISF online store.

Sponsorship options for the tournament are available with match sponsorship and a digital programme advert among the options available. Interested sponsors can contact Michelle Saunders on 07786 565555, or email info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk

2021 WUFA World Series: Surrey – Participating Teams

We’re pleased to announce the 4 teams that will be participating in the 2021 WUFA World Series in Surrey, in association with Merrist Wood College, where all 4 games will be played on 16th and 23rd May, the first tournament to be played since the formation of the World Unity Football Alliance last summer. All 4 teams were chosen due to their proximity to Surrey in order to limit travel in line with UK COVID-19 restrictions that will still be in place when the tournament is due to take place. The fixtures for the tournament will be unveiled tomorrow.

Barawa

Co-founding member of WUFA. Barawa represents the Somali diaspora in England. It is named after Barawa, a port town in Somalia. Barawa Football Association was developed in 2015. Using football as a tool, the aim is to expose the Barawanese culture around the world and actively redevelop football in the south region of Somalia. Barawa uses the power of football to create change. 

Chagos Islands

Co-founding member of WUFA. Representing the Chagossian community that has been in exile since it was forcibly evicted from its Indian Ocean homeland in 1966. The British government sold the Chagossian home, the island of Diego Garcia, to the U.S. for a new military air base. Thousands of miles away from its ancestral home, the Chagossian community continues to fight to be allowed to return to its islands, proudly maintaining its unique identity in Crawley Manchester and all around the world, through language, song, culture, and, of course football, to let people know about the Chagossian history.

Surrey

Co-founding member of WUFA, and tournament host. Representing the County of Surrey in Southern England, debuted a men’s team in 2018 and debuting a women’s team later this month. Surrey’s history with football stretches back to the very early days that the game became organised in England.

Maghreb

Non-WUFA member. Maghreb are an exception as they are not currently a member of WUFA, but participation in the tournament was agreed by WUFA given the current travel restrictions and advisory information currently in place in the UK and the likelihood that hotel accommodation within Surrey may still be unavailable limiting the opportunity to non-locally based teams from participating. Maghreb represents the Moroccan diaspora based in London and was founded in 2019.