Author: Peter Connolly

New Club Looking for Assistance

New over 35 club   Club Moris   are looking for your help . they are looking to purchase a set of nets and corner flags  either new or second hand  any help or advice would be appreciated in sourcing this equipment.

Contact Vic on 085 7713247

Friendly required

Real Transylvania over 35 team are looking for any team interested in playing a  friendly  contact Vasile on 0873203841

Peter Connolly

Hon Sec Amateur Football League

FAI Safer return to training &play protocol from 7th June2021

TH Edition – Updated June 4th 2021
– This Protocol applies to all training sessions and matches from Monday 7
th June 2021.
– The primary aim of this Protocol is to support the clubs affiliated to the FAI and to protect
the health & safety of their players, coaches, all essential personnel, and volunteers in a
safer return to training and matches.
– This Protocol will be in line with Department of Health and Public Health Policy at all times.
– This Protocol will follow all Government updates on the Resilience and Recovery: The Path
Ahead guidelines.
– The Protocol will be utilised in line with all other FAI policy documents including Child
Welfare & Safeguarding Policy.CONTENT
1 – Key Dates
2 – Club Management | COVID-19 Compliance Officers
3 – Preparing Training Venues, Facilities & Equipment
4 – Training Groups | Numbers
5 – Match Day
6 – Crowd Control for Club Venues
7 – Coach Responsibilities
8 – Before You Coach
9 – Player Responsibilities
10 – Before You Train/Play
11 – Training Sessions
12 – Contact Definition
13 – Updating Policy
14 – Next Steps 1 – Key Dates
– This Protocol applies to all training sessions and matches from Monday 7
th June 2021 and
must be adhered to for all training sessions and matches under the jurisdiction of the FAI
and its Affiliates.
2 – Club Management COVID-19 Compliance
– Club management committees must review the FAI Safer Return to Training & Play Protocol
th Edition ahead of any return to games from Monday 7
th June 2021.
– No indoor dressing rooms to be used until further notice.
– COVID-19 Compliance Officers should be familiar with the Updated FAI Safer Return to
Training & Play Protocol 7
th edition in advance of any consultation with their club.
– All clubs must appoint at least one COVID-19 Compliance Officer before any return to
training/matches are implemented.
– Clubs with multiple training/match venues will need to appoint more than one COVID-19
Compliance Officer (minimum 1 per training/match venue).
– The Football Association of Ireland will provide Role & Responsibilities Document for all
COVID-19 Compliance Officers.
– Clubs must confirm appointment of COVID-19 Compliance Officer(s) to FAI via the checklist
before any return to training/play. Clubs who have already completed this process do not
need to do so again.
– Clubs must ensure, through their Compliance Officers, that all coaches, parents and players
are fully aware of their responsibilities.
– Clubs must continually educate players/coaches/parents/guardians/volunteers – see
– Clubs are advised to inform insurers of their intention to return to training/matches.
– Clubs who are returning to training/matches must follow all steps set out above.3 – Preparing Training and Match Venues, Facilities & Equipment
– A COVID-19 Risk Assessment must be carried out by all clubs in advance of any resumption
of training/matches and/or facility reopening.
– FAI Risk Assessment Template can be found here – FAI Risk Assessment Template
– The Risk Assessment must be reviewed in advance of training/matches returning and kept
up to date at all times.
– The Risk Assessment must be in line with any Government updates to the Resilience and
Recovery: The Path Ahead guidelines.
– No dressing rooms can be used.
– No shower facilities can be used.
– Sanitary facilities should be accessible for players and coaches.
– Sanitary facilities should be thoroughly cleaned before the first and after the last training
session/match at the venue.
– Hand sanitizer and cleaning products should be available in the sanitary facilities for use
during training sessions.
– All training equipment – including goalposts – must be sanitised before and after every
training session/game.
– Players and Coaches must bring their own hand sanitisers.
– Clubs are advised to have hand sanitisers in place and observe strict hand hygiene measures.
– COVID-19 Signage must be clearly visible throughout the training facility.
– COVID-19 Signage is available to download from
4- Training Groups / Numbers
– Underage Training (Under 18) – (Pod of 13 players and minimum 2 coaches)
– Adult Training- (Pod of 14 players and minimum 1 coach)
– Clubs must adhere to the FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding Policy and other associated
policies, at all times which can be found here – FAI Child Welfare & Safeguarding Policy
– Only essential personnel are permitted access onto the training pitch/match pitch.
– More than one team can train at a venue at any given time provided there is a clear buffer
zone between the groups.
– Keep training times staggered to ease the flow of arrivals and departures of players and
coaches. 5 – Match Day
– Matches can resume from Monday 7th June 2021.
– Teams should arrive as close to kick off as possible.
– All players and staff should travel to games in line with HSE Guidelines – COVID-19
Travel Advice (
– Travel in your gear.
– Bring your own labelled food and water in a sealed bag.
– On arrival observe and obey COVID-19 signage.
– Player and coaches should observe 2 metre social distance where possible (Warm Ups,
Meetings, Team Talks).
– No hand greetings are permitted.
– No spitting is permitted.
– Pre-match and half time meetings should take place on the pitch.
– Dugouts should be avoided unless adequate 2 metre social distancing can take place.
– A coach or club physio can attend an injured player on the pitch but please wear a facemask
and gloves.
– A designated room can be used to treat injured players.
– A player/match official suspected of a new onset of covid 19 must be given a facemask and
isolated from the rest of the attendees.
– After the game please adhere to social distancing guidelines and leave the complex as
quickly as possible.
– Each club COVID-19 Compliance Officer is responsible for keeping a list of their own squad
for each match day for contact tracing purposes. This does not apply to spectators.
– Toilet facilities can be used with cleaning after each event.
6 – Crowd Control for Club Venues
– The numbers permitted for outdoor match day from 7th June is 100 for a capacity of lower
than 5,000 and 200 for a capacity of higher than 5,000 people as per government guidelines.
– Spectators should ensure 2 metre social distancing is maintained at all times and avoid
congregating.7- Coach Responsibilities
– All coaches must be familiar with the Updated FAI Safer Return to Training/Play Protocol.
– All coaches must ensure that all participants in training sessions/matches are briefed on the
Updated FAI Safer Return to Training/Play Protocol.
– Coaches must arrive to the training session/match in their training gear.
– All coaches must adhere to the Updated FAI Safer Return to Training/Play Protocol
throughout the full duration of the training session/match.
– Coaches must provide a register of attendees at all training sessions/matches to the COVID19 Compliance Officer for contact tracing purposes.
– Coaches must bring their own hand sanitizer.
– Coaches must ensure that the training area and pitch is clear of all equipment before leaving
the facility.
8 – Before You Coach
If you feel unwell, the following guidelines should be followed:
If you are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 you must follow the advice
provided here –
Guidelines on when and how to restrict movements can be found here –
9 – Player Responsibilities
– All adult players & parents/guardians of underage players must be familiar with the Updated
FAI Safer Return to Training/Play Protocol.
– Clubs must ensure that all players & parents/guardians of underage players are briefed on
the Updated Protocol before returning to training/matches.
– Players and parents/guardians are advised to keep up to date with HSE Guidelines.
– Players must arrive in their training gear/match gear and with their own equipment
including water (labelled with their name) and shin pads.
– Goalkeepers, or any player acting as a goalkeeper, must wear their own gloves
– Players must bring their own hand sanitiser.
– Personal items must be labelled with the player’s name and not shared.
– Players must bring all personal items home with them.10 – Before You Train/Play
If you feel unwell, the following guidelines should be followed:
If you are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 you must follow the advice
provided here –
Guidelines on when and how to restrict movements can be found here –
11– Training sessions
– Access and egress to and from the training pitch or area must be coordinated and is subject
to social distancing guidelines.
– A 15 minute gap between sessions must be implemented if consecutive training sessions are
scheduled on the same training area.
– All activity must take place only on the training pitch or area.
– Players and coaches must practice good coughing & sneezing etiquette.
– Players and coaches must adhere to HSE guidelines on hand hygiene at all times.
– Any meeting which may need to take place must take place on the training pitch area and
should last no longer than 10 minutes.
– All meetings and briefings on the training pitch or area must adhere to social distancing
guidelines. Please avoid players queueing within activities.
– Contact must be made with a parent/guardian of any underage player who is suspected of
contracting COVID-19.
– Players in need of attention, where possible, should be treated on the pitch.
– A coach or Club Physiotherapist can attend an injured player on the pitch.
– They should wear a face mask and gloves.
– A designated room – where applicable and necessary – can be used for treating an injured
– Physiotherapists – where applicable – must wear PPE.
– A player or coach suspected of a new onset of COVID-19 must be given a face mask and
must be isolated immediately from the rest of the attendees.
– Contact must be made with a parent/guardian of any underage player who is suspected of
contracting COVID-19.12 – Contact definition
Close Contact -v- Casual Contact
Guidelines on close and casual contacts can be found here –
13 – Updating Policy
– Clubs should communicate regularly to review implementation, Risk Assessment and
Updated FAI Safer Return to Training and Play Protocols.
– All clubs should hold regular de-briefing sessions with coaches, player representatives and
COVID-19 Compliance Officers and also seek feedback from spectators.
14 – Next Steps
– The FAI will continue to update this FAI Safer Return to Training & Play Protocol based on
the advice of Government and Health agencies.
– All FAI Safer Return to Training and Play Protocols updated will be posted on
– All enquiries can be emailed to
All stakeholders, including players, match officials, coaches, administrators and parents
and spectators have a responsibility in ensuring the above guidelines are adhered to at all
times. In turn, this will ensure that our players can continue to participate safely in sport.

reminder FAI Guidelines on return to training

Below is email just issued regarding return to training on Monday and games on June 7th
Can you please pass on to all your clubs and we would like to reiterate, clubs organising friendlies / tournaments, etc before June 7th, could issues and we are so close to a return now, it’s important all clubs exercise just a little more patience
If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact me

Good morning all as we look forward to Monday’s return to training for our Adult Amateur and Youth (U19) players in the latest step forward as we await the proposed Return to Play for all levels of our game from June 7.


Thank you and your clubs for the respect you have shown to the COVID-19 Protocols to date but the hard work must continue now!

Ahead of Monday’s return there are some key guidelines highlighted below and I would ask you to share this email with all your clubs, at all levels and all ages, along with the link to the updated FAI Safer Return to Training Protocol.

It is vital that we all do everything in our power to ensure this return to training from Monday is a safe one and in adherence with all Government guidelines.


We have been made aware of clubs seeking to arrange friendlies and tournaments ahead of the proposed Return to Play from June 7. This is not permitted. Any failure to respect the guidelines issued by Government could have serious implications for our sport’s return and we simply cannot allow that to happen.


Good luck to all returning to training on Monday.



  • Return to contact training is allowed for all players at all levels of the game from Monday, May 10.
  • All training must take place outdoors and in pods of 15.
  • Pods are not inter-changeable during training sessions, players must remain with the same pod.
  • Small-sided games are allowed within the training session pod.
  • No matches are to be arranged before June 7.
  • All referees have been instructed that they are not allowed to take charge of any game before June 7.
  • The FAI Safer Return to Training Protocol Edition 7 can be downloaded here

Peter Doyle
Leinster Football Association

Provincial Administrator / General Secretary
Mobile:086 77008

Fax:     01 8999331
Office:   01 8999330

Leinster Football Association
FAI Headquarters
National Sports Campus
Dublin 15


To all club secretaries,

 The Amateur Football League a proposing  to run a short season    for 2021   the format which will depend on the number of clubs /teams returning to play football.
we would like you to  reply to  email  to confirm  yes you want to enter a team       or no you do not want to enter a team. we need this reply by 12 noon next wednesday 12th May.
The proposed date of resumption  for AFL games  will be towards the  end of June  but this will depend on approval from the FAI and  covid -19 restrictions have been lifted officially.
also if there are any new clubs interested in entering an over 35 team  email me also.
yours in sport
Peter Connolly
Hon.Sec Amateur Football League.

FAI Launches on- line referees beginner courses

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FAI Launches Online Referee Beginner Courses
The FAI’s Referee Department have created an online Referee Beginner Course for those interested in taking their first steps in becoming a referee.

Previously, the courses took place in-person, but the Referee Department have created an online version to allow easy access to everyone from the comfort of their own homes. On-field practical sessions will return, once Covid-19 restrictions allow them too.

The course is split into three sections, the first section will allow participants to learn about the Laws of the Game in their own time, in the next section participants will attend three online classes. Each class will last for two-hours and will cover the more complex Laws of the Game. An online examination will conclude the final section of the course.

FAI Chief Executive Jonathan Hill says the online courses are an excellent resource for those looking to begin their journey on the referee pathway.

“No game can take place without a referee, and I am delighted to see the creativity in our Referee Department in creating this online course. Anyone who wants to, can take their first steps on the ladder, whether they want to referee at youth level, or try and reach the international level like Rob Hennessy and Michelle O’Neill.

“We cannot wait for grassroots games to return at all levels, and it will be brilliant to see new referees nationwide officiating them.”

Chair of the National Referee Committee Gerard Perry hopes there will be a wide uptake in the new courses.

“Refereeing can be a very rewarding career with opportunities to officiate at the top-level games at grassroots level or progress to the League of Ireland. Opportunities also exist to progress even further to officiate at World Cup Qualifiers and UEFA club games as a number of our top match officials have done this season.

“On successfully completing the course participants will receive ongoing support and development inputs form the Association and will also have the option of joining the Irish Soccer Referees Society where they can receive additional educational inputs and support from the ‘referee family’.”

Courses are available now and you can register here.

FAI return to training update

Dear Secretary
Below is an email from the FAI regarding return to training on May 10th which is now full contact training for pods of 15 while matches can return on June 7th
To facilitate this, the FAI are hosting a Webinar for club Covid-19 Officers which will be held next Monday at 6pm. The link to this meeting is below and it is important that clubs register in advance and must do so by Monday at 12pm

The link to register is here –

I am writing to confirm that our Return to Training on May 10th is for contact training in pods of 15 (inclusive of coaches) for all underage, youth and adult players. Our updated protocol will reflect this and issue later this week.

Also, we will host a webinar on Monday 10th May at 6pm which is open to one representative, ideally a COVID-19 Compliance Officer, from each Grassroots Club. This will focus on the Youth and Adult teams who can now plan to resume training from Monday 10th May.


The link to register is here –

Please share this with your affiliated leagues and clubs and request that they register no later than 12noon on Monday.


it is important all clubs have a representative attend this webinar if find out what is required for the return to training and then ultimately return to playing matches

Peter Connolly

Hon. Sec Amateur Football League

FAI link to padlets for North Dublin and South Dublin