WorldNET 2014 Squad Registration

All teams are required to submit the squad registration form below by 17:00 on Friday 18th July. The form must contain a list of all players who you would like to register for your team over the course of the WorldNET weekend, with a maximum of 24 players per team.

For those IFA teams who have entered more than one team into WorldNET, a separate form should be completed for each entered team, and no player is permitted to represent more than one team during the weekend (with the exception of the “IFA Sluts XI” team).


WorldNET 2014 Day One Schedule

The schedule for Day One of WorldNET 2014 has been finalised. Following feedback from last year’s event, we have decided to restrict the group stage matches to the six pitches at the far end of the Sports Arena. The two pitches nearest the main entrance will be available throughout the day for friendlies, and will be used on Day Two when the knockout stages get underway.

Group A

Home Team
Away Team
12:303Barnsley2-1Doncaster Rovers
12:304AFC Wimbledon A1-0RC Lens B
14:007Doncaster Rovers0-4AFC Wimbledon A
14:008RC Lens B2-2Barnsley
16:155Barnsley0-0AFC Wimbledon A
16:156Doncaster Rovers1-0RC Lens B

Group B

Home Team
Away Team
12:305Kidderminster Harriers B4-0Bury A
12:306Southampton1-0IFA Sluts XI
14:453Bury A1-0Southampton
14:454IFA Sluts XI1-2Kidderminster Harriers B
16:157Kidderminster Harriers B5-0Southampton
16:158Bury A1-1IFA Sluts XI

Group C

Home Team
Away Team
11:003AFC Wimbledon B1-4Kidderminster Harriers A
11:004AFC Telford United0-2Wrexham
12:307Kidderminster Harriers A1-1AFC Telford United
12:308Wrexham3-0AFC Wimbledon B
14:455AFC Wimbledon B1-5AFC Telford United
14:456Kidderminster Harriers A0-2Wrexham

Group D

Home Team
Away Team
11:005Chorley2-1Livingston GS
11:006Manchester United2-0Ayr United
13:153Livingston GS1-2Manchester United
13:154Ayr United1-0Chorley
14:457Chorley1-2Manchester United
14:458Livingston GS2-1Ayr United

Group E

Home Team
Away Team
11:007Grimsby Town0-3Bury Supporters
11:008Troon Academicals4-0Airdrieonians
13:155Bury Supporters5-0Troon Academicals
13:156Airdrieonians2-1Grimsby Town
15:303Grimsby Town1-4Troon Academicals
15:304Bury Supporters0-0Airdrieonians

Group F

Home Team
Away Team
11:453Altrincham0-2Bury B
11:454Preston North End A3-0Runcorn Linnets
13:157Bury B2-1Preston North End A
13:158Runcorn Linnets2-1Altrincham
15:305Altrincham0-3Preston North End A
15:306Bury B1-2Runcorn Linnets

Group G

Home Team
Away Team
11:455Darlington1-0Port Vale
11:456Manchester City0-1Preston North End B
14:003Port Vale0-4Manchester City
14:004Preston North End B0-0Darlington
15:307Darlington0-3Manchester City
15:308Port Vale2-1Preston North End B

Group H

Home Team
Away Team
11:457Hearts0-3FC Halifax Town
11:458Stoke City1-2RC Lens A
14:005FC Halifax Town2-0Stoke City
14:006RC Lens A4-0Hearts
16:153Hearts2-0Stoke City
16:154FC Halifax Town1-1RC Lens A

WorldNET 2014 Draw

The long-awaited draw for WorldNET 2014 has been made, with holders FC Halifax Town drawn into a potential “Group of Death” alongside last season’s IFA Cup runners-up Hearts and former WorldNET winners RC Lens A. Stoke City complete Group H.

For the first time in a number of years, there will be an “IFA Sluts” team in the 2014 competition, in order to bring the number of teams up to 32. Watford’s Dave Messenger will manage this team of misfits and reprobates through the group stage, and they were drawn into Group B.

The draw in full:

Group A

Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers, AFC Wimbledon A, RC Lens B

Group B

Kidderminster Harriers B, Bury A, Southampton, IFA Sluts XI

Group C

AFC Wimbledon B, Kidderminster Harriers A, AFC Telford United, Wrexham

Group D

AFC Chorley, Livingston GS, Manchester United, Ayr United

Group E

Grimsby Town, Bury Supporters (Bury A’s “B” team), Troon Academicals, Airdrieonians

Group F

Altrincham, Bury B, Preston North End A, Runcorn Linnets

Group G

Darlington, Port Vale, Manchester City, Preston North End B

Group H

Hearts, FC Halifax Town, Stoke City, RC Lens A

The full schedule of fixtures will be released in due course. Those teams with potential kit clashes should ensure that they have replacement shirts to wear if required.


IFA Cup 2014/15 First Round Draw

The draw has been made for the first round of the 2014/15 IFA Cup. 33 teams have entered, which means a single preliminary round match.

Preliminary Round (to be played ASAP)

FC Halifax Town v Ayr United

First Round (to be played by 18th October 2014)

Wrexham v AFC Telford United
Preston North End A v AFC Chorley
Preston North End B v Hearts
Watford v Kingstonian
West Bromwich Albion v Stockport County
Barnsley v Tranmere Rovers
Gillingham v Southport
FC Halifax Town or Ayr United v AFC Wimbledon
Stevenage v Bury A
Cambridge United v West Ham United
Manchester United v Motherwell
Sheffield United v Livingston OL
Manchester City v Runcorn Linnets
Rochdale v Livingston GS
St Johnstone v Coventry City
Hull City v Stoke City

A reminder to all teams: it is the responsibility of teams drawn at home to be as accommodating and as flexible as possible, while it is the away team’s commitment to travel. Where possible, please be sensible on splitting costs, etc. Any team who is unable to fulfill their fixture should contact Vinnie White at the earliest possible opportunity.


Quarter-Final Draw Finalised

Following the completion of the final second round tie, the full line-up for the Quarter-Finals of the IFA Cup is now known:

West Ham United v Preston North End
Bury A v Runcorn Linnets
Southport v St Johnstone
Livingston GS v Manchester United

Having knocked out Livingston Olympique Lion in the second round, Manchester United were unfortunate to be handed another trip north of the border as they face the reigning IFA League champions Livingston GS.

Meanwhile, holders Preston North End face a trip to East London to take on West Ham United – with both teams also battling it out for the league title this season, this is a potential double make-or-break tie.

Elsewhere, outsiders (according to the league table!) Runcorn Linnets make the relatively short journey to Bury A, and Southport will look to continue their 100% home record as they host St Johnstone.

Ties to be played by Saturday 26th April 2014, with the semi-finals to be held on neutral grounds, and the final on the Friday night of WorldNET weekend at the UCLan Sports Arena in Preston.


IFA Cup Second Round Draw

This is definitely what the draw looked like

This is definitely what the draw looked like

The draw for the Second Round of the IFA Cup took place last night at the exclusive location of South Mimms service station on the M25 where drawmasters Graham Kelly and Bert Millichip, er, I mean Dave Messenger and Vinnie White pulled the balls from the velvet bag, with the following results:

Hearts v Preston North End
Bury A v Millwall or Bury B (R1 tie being played 7th December)
Livingston OL v Manchester United
West Ham United v Stoke City
Rochdale v Southport
AFC Wimbledon A or Crawley Town (R1 tie being played 14th December) v Runcorn Linnets
Barnsley v St Johnstone
Livingston GS v West Bromwich Albion

The deadline for these games is Saturday 22nd February 2014. As always, concessions must be made by home teams to accommodate travelling teams. The IFA Cup takes priority over all regional cup competitions, with the only exception being a “proper” IFA fixture where the main teams are meeting in the afternoon.

Please bear in mind that the weather is likely to affect this round, so where possible please plan accordingly and have 3G surfaces available if necessary.


WorldNET 2014 Accommodation Details


We have received details of the accommodation available to us on the UCLan campus for WorldNET 2014, with an en-suite option available this year.

The standard rooms (in apartments of 4 or 5 rooms, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities) will again be £50 per person, covering the Friday and Saturday nights of the WorldNET weekend (Friday 18th to Sunday 20th July 2014). We are expecting to be allocated Whitendale Hall again.

There is also an option for en-suite rooms this year, with the price for these set at £70 per person, again covering the Friday and Saturday nights. These rooms will be located in an alternate building on the campus.

A car parking permit for the campus will also be included within the price.

Because of the split in locations, teams will have a choice of either standard or en-suite accommodation – it will not be possible to have a mixture of the two.

Teams wishing to stay on site must have paid their WorldNET 2014 entry fee by 31st January 2014, declared whether they require standard or en-suite accommodation, and provided us with provisional numbers.

In terms of payment, a non-refundable deposit of £15 per room for standard rooms and £20 per room for en-suite rooms must be paid by 28th February 2014, with the remaining £35/£50 per room due by Friday 23rd May 2014.

Entries remain open for WorldNET 2014, priced at £250 per team – a £50 reduction on the 2013 entry fee. Eligible IFA teams can enter using the form below if they have not done so already.


WorldNET 2014 – Full Tournament Details

Following a period of allowing teams to register their interest and to secure a discount by paying an “early bird” deposit, we are delighted to announce that the full entry fee for WorldNET 2014 has been reduced from last year’s figure to £250.

The tournament again takes place at the University of Central Lancashire’s Sports Arena in Preston over the weekend of Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July 2014, and we are expecting an expanded tournament of either 40 or 48 teams.

For those who secured the “early bird” deposit, full payment of the remaining £150 (£200 being the 20%-discounted fee) is due by 31st January 2014. That is also the deadline for any team wishing to stay on site in the university halls of residence. Full accommodation details will be released when they are known.

For teams who have not yet entered, please complete the entry form below. We will contact you with payment details shortly afterwards.


Another big weekend for the IFA

The IFA season continues to gather pace, with a bumper weekend packed with games and goals across the various competitions. In results announced so far, a total of 95 goals were scored across 18 games and a full round-up of results is below..

Goalmouth action from Saturday's game between Tranmere and Bury A

Goalmouth action from Saturday’s game between Tranmere and Bury A

Scottish & British League
Ayr United 2-2 Airdrieonians
Dunfermline Athletic 2-1 Clyde
Motherwell 0-3 Raith Rovers
St Johnstone 0-7 Livingston GS

English & British League
Barnet 2-1 AFC Wimbledon A
Kidderminster Harriers 2-6 West Bromwich Albion
Oxford United 1-5 Rochdale
Sheffield United 4-7 FC Halifax Town
Stafford Rangers 0-4 Stoke City
Walsall 1-7 Preston North End
West Ham United 3-0 Stevenage

English & British League & IFA Cup
Kingstonian 9-0 AFC Wimbledon B
Wrexham 2-5 Runcorn Linnets

English & British League & North-West Cup
Crewe Alexandra 1-5 Southport
Tranmere Rovers 3-2 Bury A

English & British League & Midlands Cup
Shrewsbury Town 1-3 Coventry City

All league tables will be updated later in the week.


Stoke on song in a tale of two cities

Week three of the IFA season was a quiet one, with just the four games played.

Pick of the fixtures was the return to action of Stoke City, having served a suspension last season. The Potters have worked hard to regain their place in the league and the efforts of management team Dan Buxton and Simon Duckmanton were rewarded, as they secured a 2-0 win against James Penny’s Coventry. Stoke started well and some fine last ditch defending from the visitors prevented a couple of tap in, while Buxton himself hit the cross bar. Coventry had a good spell that saw them have one cleared off the line and miss a good one on one chance.

Substitutions midway through the half saw Chris Wollington come on and break the deadlock for Stoke, with a poachers effort after a fine run from Lee Tawn. Wollington then doubled the lead before half time with a shot across the keeper. The game was open and end to end during the second half, Coventry had a late Ryan Harkin goal disallowed for offside, but Stoke’s rearguard held firm.

Elsewhere, three IFA/big team double headers took place. After some confusion in the days leading up to the game, two IFA newcomers met as Gillingham traveled to Wolves. After a goalless first half, a rare event in any IFA game, Darren Everitt gave the Gills the lead early in the second period. The home side then missed a penalty, before the visitors added a second. Wolves then swapped keepers and with his first touch after ditching the gloves, Anthony Penn got the home side back into the game. However, a bizarre third goal secured the win, as a Gills cross wrong footed the stand-in home custodian.

Oxford entertained Bury A and the two sides served up a vintage IFA cracker, packed with goals. Oxford raced into a two goal lead, with Patrick Wehmeier and Thom Airs on target. Oxford then provided a perfect example of the spirit that exists in IFA football, when one of their midfield players was tackled awkwardly but fairly inside the area. The referee blew for a penalty, but the player got straight up and told the ref it wasn’t a foul and the game was restarted with a drop ball.

The second half was a different affair, as Bury pulled level within ten minutes of the restart and then kicked on to be 4-2 in front as Oxford seemed to tire. Paul Soper pulled a goal back to make it 4-3, but the visitors secured an excellent win with two further strikes. The Bury scorers were Nev Hardman with a hat-trick, Jake Wadsworth, Daniel Bowerbank and Paul Pfau.

In another high scoring affair, Rochdale ran out 6-2 winners at Burton Albion. Liam Eaton gave the hosts the perfect start, but Rochdale had a good day in front of goal, with strikes from Jack Leeming, Kyle Davies, Luke Walsh, Jonny Hall and Andrew Lorimer (2). Dan Wright was on target with the Brewers’ second goal.

Last but not least, Shrewsbury traveled to East London to take on Leyton Orient. The home side got off to a poor start, as they were two down in ten minutes to goals from Charlie Warren and Tim Klekot. Orient composed themselves and got one back before half time through Darren Blanchard, but a further strike from Warren secured the win for the visitors.

Week Three full results announced so far;

Stoke City 2 Coventry City 0
Wolves 1 Gillingham 3
Oxford United 3 Bury A 6
Burton Albion 2 Rochdale 6
Leyton Orient 1 Shrewsbury 3

As ever, the league tables will be updated on this website later in the week.