Category: World Unity Football Alliance

Surrey Hosts of Inaugural 2022 WUFA Women’s World Unity Cup

International Surrey Football is delighted to announce we have been selected by the World Unity Football Alliance (WUFA) to host the inaugural edition of the WUFA Women’s World Unity Cup, WUFA’s first major football tournament, and what will be one of the largest women’s non-FIFA international football tournament ever held, taking place in Surrey between 19th-25th June 2022, becoming the premier “women’s world cup” tournament in non-FIFA football.

International Surrey Football was selected by the World Unity Football Alliance for the prestigious opportunity of hosting the alliance’s inaugural women’s tournament after presenting a strong case to its members of what the region could offer teams, supporters, and sponsors in terms of ease of access, quality of venues for matches and training, providing a truly global tournament to remember.

The 2022 Women’s World Unity Cup will be the first major non-FIFA tournament held in the United Kingdom since a senior men’s tournament, hosted by the Barawa FA, was held at venues across Greater London in 2018, which included games at 3 Surrey-based venues, Carshalton Athletic FC, Fisher FC, and Sutton United FC, with the tournament seen as being responsible for a lot of the modern interest in non-FIFA football.

Credit: Sheena Booker (@GirlTinyShooter)

With the target now firmly set, Surrey Women’s manager Stephen Satterly will be looking to prepare a Surrey squad that played its first training game against the University of Surrey earlier this year, in what will prove to be an intensive tournament schedule. Each participating team will play 5 games in just 7 days making the need for rotation and managing minutes vitally important to a county side looking to win its first major honours for either men’s or women’s teams and trying to keep the trophy on home soil.

Matches will be played in 5 venues across Surrey, with 4 venues hosting group stage, placement, and knockout games, with a 5th venue hosting the 3rd place playoff and final on the final day. The venues selected to host the games will be confirmed in the coming months as International Surrey Football works to finalise arrangements with a number of host venues for the tournament which will see a total of 20 games played across those 7 days during the tournament.

All games will be live-streamed globally with details of how to watch the tournament coming soon, as well as information regarding ticketing and tournament voluntary opportunities to be made available as well. All 8 teams participating in the tournament will be based out of the county town of Guildford, hosted at the University of Surrey’s student accommodation, with access to training facilities at the Olympic standard training complex at Surrey Sports Park.

Which 7 teams will join Surrey in the tournament is subject to further review and confirmation as teams confirm travel arrangements and any visa or similar requirements necessary before they can participate, each team will be announced later this year. Some teams like Karen FA already beginning preparations with intentions to participate in their first tournament after winning 2 games against local college soccer teams.

The region is best known for its expansive countryside, with the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty extending across much of the southern portion of the county (Credit: Alex Manders)

We are pleased to welcome a number of initial supporting partners that have so far assisted in the planning and early preparations for the tournament, Football Rising, Merrist Wood College, Midfield Generals, Surrey Sports Park, University of Surrey, and WatchISF. We look forward to continuing our work with them as well as expanding this list as we work with a growing number of commercial partners to support the delivery of the tournament.

Interested commercial partners can get in touch at info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk to request a sponsorship brochure and discuss opportunities. Title sponsorship remains available as well as a limited number of local sponsorship slots available to local businesses at a discounted rate.

ISF Partners With First Club: Whyteleafe Women FC

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce a partnership with London & South East Regional Women’s League side, Whyteleafe Women FC. Founded in 2016, in one of its first seasons the team won the Greater London Women’s Premier League after going the entire season unbeaten.

The partnership between the non-FIFA team and the East Surrey club will see the two sides pool resources to develop and grow the media coverage of the club side as International Surrey Football works to prepare its media team for its upcoming 2021/22 season men and women’s friendlies as well as its participation in the inaugural WUFA Women’s World Unity Cup in the summer of 2022.

Whyteleafe Women FC already includes some Surrey players within its ranks such as Chloe McNee, who featured for the blue and gold in their inaugural fixture against the University of Surrey at Merrist Wood College in May 2021, even captaining the side for part of the match.

The aspects of the media partnership will be developed over time, with ISF contributing towards some of Whyteleafe’s social media and digital content moving forward, and raising the club’s profile. The club will also be featured on ISF’s in-house live streaming channel, WatchISF on Eleven Sport (formerly Mycujoo).

International Surrey Football is excited by the partnership and eager to begin work with the East Surrey club this season.

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.