Category: World Unity Football Alliance

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/

Surrey Announces Provisional Squad for Trial Fixture

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce its first-ever provisional women’s squad call up list ahead of a planned trial game scheduled to take place at Merrist Wood College in January 2021.

The fixture will mark the first women’s game played under International Surrey Football’s banner and will help prepare the team for a planned full home debut scheduled to be held at Merstham Football Club in May 2021 with plans for fan attendance.

The game is being played behind closed doors at Merrist Wood College, near Guildford in Surrey and more details regarding the fixture including opposition will be announced closer to the time.

Surrey Women Call Ups*;

Maureen McAllister (GK)
Isobel Platten (GK)
Jo Liddell
Lily Davis
Iona Quinn
Zara Saville
Eileen Dunbar
Emily Stanley
Jessica Downes-Evans
Xayla-Rae Alberts
Eve McBrinn
Gemma Luke
Emily Oliver
Alice Curr
Mia Strutton

* The list is subject to change between now and matchday based on player availability or other unforeseen circumstances.

While the game will be played behind closed doors, fans will still be able to enjoy live tweets of the action during the match as well as video highlights posted to Surrey Football TV and match photographs expected to be shared through social media after the game.

The game will also see a number of students from Merrist Wood’s Football Development Programme take part in the inaugural squad. Despite the issues caused by 2020, International Surrey Football has continued to work with Merrist Wood College, most recently visiting the college to present a framed Surrey women’s shirt featuring the college’s logo as front of shirt sponsor.

Women’s Representative Showcase: Introduction

In a new series of articles in the build up to Surrey’s first women’s trial game in early 2021, we’ll be giving an overview of the various women’s teams that currently exist around the world that Surrey could compete against, we’ll be excluding full FIFA members from this list as we look to introduce supporters into the many areas of representative football that they may not know about.

Non-FIFA

The first category we’ll be looking at are non-FIFA teams, this will include teams not affiliated to a national or regional FA recognised by FIFA, typically a member of the World Unity Football Alliance (WUFA), such as Surrey, or the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA).

Currently operated teams;

Darfur United (WUFA)
Karen FA (WUFA / CONIFA)
Matabeleland FA (WUFA / CONIFA)
Northern Cyprus KTFF (CONIFA)
Occitania FA (CONIFA)
Padania FA (CONIFA)
FA Sápmi (CONIFA)
Somaliland (CONIFA)

Proposed new teams;

Cascadia (WUFA / CONIFA)

Other teams may have been proposed, but either not recently or no substantial progress towards playing a debut.

Island Games

The islands games in a biannual sporting competition participated in by 24 different island regions and Gibraltar which includes a men and women’s football tournament. In total 18 different women’s teams have participated in the Women’s section of the tournament, in 2019 due to limited facilities in Gibraltar, Ynys Môn hosted a substitute football tournament, the 2019 Inter Games Football Tournament with 6 participating women’s teams.

2019 Inter Games Football Tournament Participants;

Gibraltar
Hitra (Norway)
Isle of Man
Jersey
Western Isles
(Scotland)
Ynys Môn (Anglesey, Wales)

Other Women’s Teams that have Participated but may no Longer be Active;

Åland Islands (Finland)
Bermuda
Faroe Islands
Gotland
(Sweden)
Greenland
Guernsey
Isle of Wight
(England)
Menorca (Spain)
Prince Edward Island (Canada)
Rhodes (Greece)
Saaremaa (Estonia)
Shetland (Scotland)

Military FAs

Each service branch within the British Armed Forces run their own county football association responsible for running football activities within each respective branch and will typically compete against each other in the annual Inter-Services Tournament as well as against other county FA teams.

British Military Branches with Football Associations;

British Army FA (based in Aldershot)
Royal Air Force FA (based in RAF Brize Norton)
Royal Navy FA (based in Portsmouth)

County FAs

As well as the 3 Military FAs and 3 crown dependencies which all operate as county FAs within the English FA, various other county FAs within England operate county representative football teams. County FA compete in competitions between each other, the Southern Counties Competition (including the 3 Military FAs and Jersey) and South & West Counties Championship Competition.

County FAs running Women’s teams

Devon FA (SWCC)
Dorset FA (SWCC)
Essex FA (SCC)
Gloucestershire FA (SWCC)
Kent FA (SCC)
Middlesex FA (SCC)
Somerset FA (SWCC)
Sussex FA (SCC)

Surrey Confirms Provisional Friendlies for May 2021

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce 2 friendlies have been provisionally arranged for May 2021 at Farnham Town FC and Merstham FC, which will kick off the Surrey men’s 6 fixture stong Summer plans.

Both fixtures remain subject to confirmation closer to the time, but are intended to include fan attendance with both online ticket sales and on the day tickets available, details of which will be announced at a later date. The game at Farnham Town will feature Surrey’s postponed charity match against a Hampshire XI side in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice and Crohn’s & Colitis UK, with money raised from the fixture being split 50/50 between the two charities and the match will stay sponsored by Farnborough based Milestone Transport Planning.

The second of the two fixtures announced today will see Surrey’s return to Merstham since our last game hosted at the east Surrey venue against the Chagos Islands. Exact details regarding opposition will be announced at a later date, and is intended to take place one week after the team’s charity game as Surrey prepares to host the Southern Frontier Cup soon after.

Details regarding the rescheduled Southern Frontier Cup, originally planned for May 2020, but now pushed back to 2021, are still being planned before any announcements can be made publicly. Additionally Surrey’s participation in the inaugural WUFA World Series is also being planned, with details being discussed but not in a position to be announced publicly.

Surrey’s women’s team that postponed its trial game amid the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK, had also announced last week it’ll be planning to host its first home debut at Merstham FC in 2021, details of which remain in the early stages with no confirmation regarding potential opposition.

Surrey joins World Unity Football Alliance

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce a new stage in our journey as we join as founding members of the World Unity Football Alliance (WUFA), started by the NGO iAct, founders of the Darfur Football Association.

The World Unity Football Alliance is a collaborative effort between value-aligned teams with a mission to promote hope, opportunity, and universal human rights while celebrating the joy of bringing people together through the most beautiful of games: Football.

The WUFA’s united core values include empathy, compassion, equity, honesty, and respect for universal human rights. The WUFA will work equitably together on projects, campaigns, and events that elevate the Alliance’s mission and values, and those of each of our teams.

We feel this move will benefit both our men and women’s teams and will provide the teams with new opportunities, as well as providing a means to support football and communities outside the UK.

As well as Surrey and Darfur, WUFA members also include the Chagos Islands, Matabeleland, Parishes of Jersey, Karen, Tamil Eelam and Barawa.

Read the full statement from the WUFA here: https://twitter.com/WorldUnityFA/status/1280590868693389313?s=20