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Transfers & Registrations COVID Reponse Points to Note

Published: Friday, 26 June 2020 10:04
Leagues Resuming 2019/20 Winter Season • Any club competing in a resuming 2019/20 winter season cannot sign players - free agent registrations included. (No Transfers are permitted within your league). • No club can sign any player for 2020/21 winter season until their respective 2019/20 winter league season has been completed. • If a league finishes before the extension deadline clubs may then complete transfers for 2020/21 winter season. Registrations for the 2020/21 winter season can then be processed on FAInet. • Any clubs competing in a 2020 summer league cannot sign a player from a 2019/20 winter league until their season is completed. • Any clubs competing in a 2020 summer league can sign players up until the 30th of September where a league has completed their league (extended leagues) and unattached players thereafter. • The registration window has now passed and will not be extended beyond the 31st of March deadline.
Current 2020 Summer Season Leagues • Current 2020 summer season leagues may sign players that are unattached and may do so up until the 30th of September. • Players may transfer from a summer season league to a summer season league during their regular transfer period. • No summer season club may sign a player from a 2019/20 winter league who have been granted an extension until the league has been completed.

Return to Match Protocol

Published: Friday, 26 June 2020 10:01
The Football Association of Ireland has today launched a Safer Return to Play Protocol for all clubs as a cornerstone of the move from cessation to kick-off that will see Adult Amateur, underage National Leagues and Underage football permitted to return to full-contact training, including training games between teams from the same club, from June 29th.

Clubs are authorised to make a full return to playing friendly games from July 11th and competitive matches from July 18th.

The FAI has also issued a second edition of the Safer Return to Training Protocol that will apply to all clubs under its jurisdiction from June 29th. Clubs and teams in the SSE Airtricity League and Women’s National League clubs will receive a separate Protocol. Match Officials are included in the Safer Return to Play Protocol and, in addition, will receive their own Protocol guidelines. 

The FAI’s Steering Group, in consultation with Medical Director Dr. Alan Byrne, has published these Protocols at www.fai.ie

The Safer Return to Play Protocol is based on the latest Government guidelines and advice from the Department of Health and HSE as lockdown measures around COVID-19 ease. The FAI remains committed to the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business and any return dates announced today are subject to change, as per Government guidelines.

The decision to move from cessation to a return to competitive football from July 18th applies to Adult Amateur and Underage football under the jurisdiction of the FAI and will apply to all players, coaches, match officials, club officials, volunteers, parents and guardians.

Under the new Safer Return to Play Protocol, the FAI has approved the following measures:

•            Adult Amateur and Underage football can return to full contact training, including training games between teams from the same club, from June 29th

•            Adult Amateur and Underage football can return to playing friendly games from July 11th

•            Adult Amateur and Underage football can return to playing competitive matches from July 18th

•            All Adult Amateur and Underage Leagues operating a Winter season, who have had applications to extend their 2019-2020 season approved, can resume League fixtures from July 18th and must have all competitions completed by September 14th

•            All other Adult Amateur and Underage Leagues operating a Winter Season can commence their 2020/21 season from July 18th  

•            All Adult Amateur and Underage Leagues operating a Summer Season can resume/commence from July 18th and must have all competitions completed by November 30th
  

Under 19 Cup fixtures

Published: Friday, 26 June 2020 09:57

Friday 31st July

Larkview FC LSL, v Collinstown FC, LSL Whelan Park, 8pm 

Referee : Robert Bradley, AR1 Dave Kelly, AR2 Glen Geraghty.

FAI Referee Observer : Thomas Coombes

10 mins each way extra time and penalties

Saturday August 1st

Kilbarrack Utd, LSL v Freebooters AFC Kilkenny, Greendale Road, 13.30

Referee : Mark Houlihan, AR1 Alex Durran, AR2 John Reid.

FAI Referee Observer : George Young

10 mins each way extra time and penalties

Under 19 Quarter Final Cup fixtures for July and Aug 2020

Published: Tuesday, 23 June 2020 15:07
LFA Under 19 Cup
 
Friday 31st July : Larkview FC v Collinstown FC, Whelan Park, 8pm
 
Sunday 2nd Aug : Kilbarrack United v Freebooters, Greendale Road, 1.30pm

Officials to be announced

FAI moves from Cessation to Kick-Off

Published: Saturday, 20 June 2020 08:02

The Football Association of Ireland has today approved a new Safer Return to Football Pathway that will see Adult Amateur and Underage football permitted to return to full-contact training, including training games between teams from the same club, from June 29th and authorised to make a full return to playing friendly games from July 11th and competitive matches from July 18th.

The FAI’s Steering Group, in consultation with Medical Director Dr. Alan Byrne, has recommended the transition from cessation to kick-off, based on the latest Government guidelines and advice from the Department of Health and HSE as lockdown measures around COVID-19 ease.

The FAI remains committed to the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business and any return dates announced today are subject to change, as per Government guidelines.

A separate statement around the SSE Airtricity League, Women’s National League and underage National Leagues has also been published.

The decision to move from cessation to a return to competitive football from July 18th applies to Adult Amateur and Underage football under the jurisdiction of the FAI and will apply to all players, coaches, match officials, club officials, volunteers, parents and guardians.

Work on Safer Return to Football protocols for Football For All and Futsal affiliates is underway and details will be announced in due course.

Under the new Safer Return to Football pathway, the FAI has approved the following measures:

  • Adult Amateur and Underage football can return to full contact training, including training games between teams from the same club, from June 29th
  • Adult Amateur and Underage football can return to playing friendly games from July 11th
  • Adult Amateur and Underage football can return to playing competitive matches from July 18th
  • All Adult Amateur and Underage Leagues operating a Winter season, who have had applications to extend their 2019-2020 season approved, can resume League fixtures from July 18th and must have all competitions completed by September 14th
  • All other Adult Amateur and Underage Leagues operating a Winter Season can commence their 2020/21 season from July 18th  
  • All Adult Amateur and Underage Leagues operating a Summer Season can resume/commence from July 18th and must have all competitions completed by November 30th

Welcoming the announcement of the new Safer Return to Football Pathway, FAI Interim CEO Gary Owens said: “Today’s decision allows all our players and stakeholders to look forward to a full and safe return to competitive football by July 20th. I know how much that will mean to so many across the country.

"Our game has been in lockdown since early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic so this is great news for all concerned. We must, at this point, thank all those frontline workers who have made so many sacrifices to allow us, as a society, to get back to a point where we can plan for a Safer Return to Football and for the return of live sport to all our lives.

“The Football community, together with so many of our FAI staff, have also worked so hard to get us ready for this return and I want to thank all those who have made today’s announcement possible. I also want to thank the Government and all their agencies for their support for Irish football in what has been a very challenging time for everyone.

"We will remain fully committed to all Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 but today offers real hope to Irish football at all levels of the game and I look forward to seeing all our players back on the field of play.”

FAI Medical Director Dr. Alan Byrne thanked the clubs and players who have already followed the FAI’s Safer Return to Training Protocol in Phases One and Two of the Government’s Roadmap.

“The effort and work necessary to get players back on the training pitch as we continue the battle against COVID-19 has been so demanding for everyone,” said Dr. Byrne.

“All our clubs, from the biggest senior teams to the smallest underage clubs across the country, deserve so much credit for getting us to this point. Our aim is to make football as safe as it can be for all concerned within our game. We are very close now to getting back on the pitch and playing matches again and I urge all involved to follow the Protocol for a Safer Return to Football, which we will issue next week, as we complete this journey together.”

  
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