Following discussion and consultation over the weekend International Surrey Football has made the decision to postpone our 2 remaining men and women’s friendlies, scheduled for June 5th and June 12th, due to a number of factors outside the Surrey’s control. This follows one of the busiest summers in our history hosted by Surrey with spectators in attendance for the first time since 2019. With 4 games played in May, 1 game each in Merstham and Woking, as well as 2 games in Dorking. The Surrey men went undefeated in a summer schedule for the first time this year, winning games against Matabeleland and Hampshire, before drawing with the Chagos Islands, the Surrey women meanwhile won their only game of the summer against the Afghanistan Women’s Development team in their first international fixture since forming last year.
Those that had pre-ordered tickets for this Sunday’s friendly against Cascadia will receive a full refund, please allow several days for this refund to be fulfilled. Those with programme sponsorships for these final games will have their coverage extended to all Surrey homes games in the 2022/23 season at no extra cost.
The decision stemmed from opposition sides struggling to raise enough players as we head into the holiday season before players look towards pre-season in July, as well as an increasingly shrinking timescale to make suitable alternative arrangements and the financial obligations around them. It was eventually agreed that postponing the games was the most suitable option and instead decided that focusing on the 2022/23 schedule would benefit both teams longer-term as International Surrey Football works to transition to a regular game schedule meaning the teams would play the same number of fixtures, more frequently, allowing the teams to work towards some form of summer tournament under the World Unity Football Alliance (WUFA) banner to conclude each season.
The new schedule will see both Surrey men and women’s teams play 3 friendly fixtures during the club season, followed by a post-season friendly and concluding with both Surrey teams aiming to host a 4-team mini-tournament.
The Surrey men will aim to host its second edition of the WUFA World Series: Surrey Stage. First hosted in 2021 behind closed doors at Merrist Wood College, the edition was won by the Chagos Islands on penalties against Barawa. The 2023 edition will see 4 teams play in the knockout scenario over a single weekend. Teams, venue and dates to be confirmed.
The Surrey Women meanwhile will host the first-ever WUFA Women’s Cup, a new women’s mini-tournament, similar to the WUFA World Series, it will take place over a single weekend as Surrey welcomes WUFA members for the first tournament under its banner.
Details of all the games to be played, including opposition, dates and venues are all to be confirmed and will be announced as details become available. Sponsorship options for all home games include mini-tournaments are