Author: Peter Connolly

FAI update on covid restrictions

FAI notes Government green light for underage training return


The Football Association of Ireland notes confirmation from Government that underage football, Grassroots and League of Ireland, can return to non-contact training from April 26th, the first step on a phased return for football at all levels of the game.


Reacting to the announcement by Taoiseach Micheal Martin, FAI CEO Jonathan Hill has acknowledged the work of Government and its agencies to facilitate the return to training on April 26th, in pods of 15 for all underage players.


The CEO has also assured all amateur adult teams that this return for underage players is the first step towards a return to football for all grassroots players as Ireland eases out of lockdown.


“We obviously see this announcement from Government as a positive for all our underage players who have waited so patiently for the chance to play football again although, of course, we would have loved this to have been from April 5th but we note the realities of the current situation,” said Jonathan Hill.


“Non-contact training in pods of 15 represents the start of a return for our game that will see all our players at all ages permitted to train and then to play in what we hope will be the near future. This battle with COVID-19 has been so demanding for Irish society and our footballers have had to endure so much in Level 5 lockdown.


“We thank them for their perseverance and their patience. The adherence to the Government guidelines of our grassroots clubs, their volunteers, coaches, match officials and players, has been exemplary and to be applauded. Our adult amateur game will unfortunately need to continue to be patient as we await a return to training for them and of course playing matches, but our game has proven itself to be safe in a COVID-19 environment and I urge all clubs to maintain this as we return in the first instance to training for our younger players on April 26th.”


The FAI will now take the following steps in light of the Government update:


  • We will update the FAI’s Safer Return to Training protocols for our underage teams and players.
  • We will host a COVID-19 webinar for all Grassroots Leagues and affiliates on April 12th.
  • We will follow this with regional workshops for Club COVID-19 Compliance Officers during which we will present and discuss our latest protocols in detail.
  • We will review where we stand with all affiliates in relation to all Leagues and Competitions and agree next steps as soon as is possible.
  • We will consult with the SFAI on the hosting of the Kennedy Cup and the Gaynor Cup tournaments later this year.
  • We will consult with all Men’s and Women’s Underage National League clubs on their return to training schedule and next steps.


Letter from FAI CEO Jonathan Hill

19th March 2021
Dear Affiliates,
Firstly, I hope you all had a happy and healthy St. Patrick’s Day.
I am taking this opportunity to provide you with a brief update regarding our ongoing work to lead
football at all levels to a Safer Return to Play. Having worked through all responses to our recent
Grassroots financial survey, I am pleased to inform you that we are engaging with Government to
outline our financial request to support Grassroots Affiliates, Leagues and Clubs. The information you
have provided will be invaluable in helping us to assist you through these very difficult times.
As mentioned, when I met you all at our Grassroots Webinar earlier this month, we are fully
committed to getting football back on the pitch at all levels of the game at the earliest possible
opportunity. Our game is a critically important aspect of many people’s lives, and I am acutely aware
of the fact that we all crave a roadmap and timeline for our Grassroots return, both to training and to
matches. I will continue to engage with Sport Ireland and Government to make our case in this regard.
In the meantime, we must of course continue to focus on public health measures and do all that we
can to keep ourselves, and our families, neighbors, and friends safe.
The return of international football and League of Ireland in the coming weeks will, I hope, further
strengthen our case that football is a safe game to play in current times and reinforce our appeal to
get the game back at all levels and all ages.
Thank you again for your continued support and commitment to Irish football and I look forward to a
brighter future with you all.
Kind regards,
Jonathan Hill, CEO of the FAI

Cancellation of Leinster Football Association AGM2020

I am writing to inform you that the deferred LFA 2020 AGM has now been cancelled.
The reasons for this cancellation are as follows
  • Issues with hosting the meeting due to Covid-19
  • Unable to hold the meeting by June 12th 2020 as per LFA rules
  • Question marks over the eligibility of nominations and motions due to not being submitted by April 30th as per LFA rule
The LFA are now working towards holding our LFA AGM 2021 and notice will issue in due course with details
If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact me

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

FAI sports capital grant and equipment programe

The Football Association of Ireland is delighted to support the announcement by Minister Catherine Martin and Minister for State Jack Chambers of the launch of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP) by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

The Sports Capital and Equipment Programme is the primary vehicle for Government funding support for the development of sports and physical recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout the country. It was announced today that €40million will be made available through the SCEP.

To further support Leagues, Clubs and Affiliates in the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme process, the FAI’s Facility Development Department will be hosting an Educational Webinar series in the coming weeks to support clubs with their SCEP applications.

This Webinar Series will be a great resource for all potential applicants in how to go through the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme process. All clubs, leagues and affiliates should attend to understand the benefits of this funding scheme. Please submit your interest in the webinars by registering here.

Sports Capital and Equipment Programme Key Points for Applicants:

  • Anyone that is interested in the SCEP will need to register on the Online Sports Capital Register (OSCAR) right away.
  • The 2021 Round will be open for applications from 9am on Friday, 11 December 2020 until 5pm on Friday, 12th February 2021.
  • The deadline for registration is 5pm on Monday, 1st February 2021
  • The SCEP allows for applicants to apply for up to a maximum of €150,000 worth of funding for their project.
  • In the past, funding was available up to €150,000 at a rate of 95% support.
  • Funding for Equipment can be applied for up to a maximum of €50,000 if no lease or ownership is possible.

“I want to thank Ministers Catherine Martin and Jack Chambers for the release of the 2021 Sports Capital and Equipment Programme”, FAI CEO Jonathan Hill told

“The FAI welcomes the announcement and is excited for the opportunities the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme will bring to the football community. The funding provided through this scheme will assist football Clubs and Leagues across the country to strengthen, develop and thrive.

“Good facilities and access to equipment are  vital ingredients in growing our sport and this funding will provide an opportunity for this growth to occur. We encourage all clubs to get involved in this scheme.”

“It’s important to continue the development of our infrastructure and facilities within our football communities.” FAI Head of Facility Development Walter Holleran added.

“The Sports Capital and Equipment Programme is an ideal funding source where Clubs can seek state funding to help develop their projects. It is vital that all Clubs examine their need to upgrade and submit an application.”

For more information on the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme please contact

sports capital grant





During the recent Budget 2021 announcement by Government, it was highlighted that a new round of Sports Capital Programme funding is due soon!


This avenue of funding is a fantastic way for Club’s to upgrade their facilities.


Before the funding window opens, the FAI want to ensure that the football family is ready for this announcement.


It is vital that your Club is registered to apply for funding support. If your Club has not registered – this must be done online through the OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register) system.


A link to the OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register) website can be found here: CLICK HERE



To avoid any delays with applications into the Sports Capital Programme, all Clubs, Leagues and Affiliates are urged to register through the OSCAR website as soon as possible.


The registration process can take up to 10 days to complete so starting this process early can help avoid any unnecessary delays.  A useful guide to the process is attached.



As part of the 2020 Sports Capital Programme, the FAI will be running a series of ‘Educational Webinar’ that aim to support the wider footballing community in identifying potential projects, expert advice and preparing applications for submission.


More information will be available on these webinars in the coming weeks.



If you have any questions or require any support regarding your registration please contact




Kind Regards,

Walter Holleran

Head of Facility Development

Football Association of Ireland.


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See below link to Texaco Sports Grants.  Closing date is 31st December.

Texaco Support for Sport

Until the Texaco Support for Sport initiative closes on 31 st December 2020.. Applications are invited from sports clubs only and not from individual sports clubs members.

Who is eligible to enter this promotion?

Sporting bodies who have been granted tax exemption under Section 235 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 and are featured on a list published by the Office of the Revenue Commissioners on 22nd June 2020 are eligible to apply. See for details.

What is the prize and what does it consist of?

There will be a prize for every county in the Republic of Ireland. One sports club per county will win a cash prize of €5,000 (Five thousand euros).

How many prizes are available to be won?

There will be 1 (one) prize per county in the Republic of Ireland. The total amount of prizes are 26 (Twenty Six).


FAI Update on Level 5 Training Guidelines
Following clarification from Government today, the FAI confirms the following Level 5 guidelines for football will come into effect from midnight tonight but please be aware these are the latest directives and subject to change:

  • All underage club teams from Under-19 age group down are permitted to train outdoors during Level 5 restrictions
  • All outdoor training for underage players is to be non-contact in pods of no more than 15 and in compliance with the latest Government guidelines
  • For underage training – players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel more than 5 kilometres to attend an organised session
  • For underage training – players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel outside their resident county to attend an organised training session
  • SSE Airtricity Premier Division and First Division and Women’s National League matches and training continue
  • All other domestic adult and underage football matches remain in cessation
  • In accordance with Government Level 5 guidelines, training is not permitted for non-elite adult teams

The FAI will continue to talk to Government and will monitor any changes to Level 5 restrictions. We will update these guidelines as required and as soon as possible.

AFL Short Summer Season UPDATE

To all secretaries,

The executive committee of the Amateur Football League  met (virtual) last night  to discuss the  the Covid restrictions moving to level 5 from midnight  wednesday 21st October.

The decision was made that no further fixtures will be played for the remainder of 2020.

The AFL executive will decide when the restrictions have been lifted  when the new season 2021 will commence.

We would encourage all our clubs  to stay safe together and do the right thing  so we can beat this virus.

Yours in sport

Peter Connolly

Hon. Sec.Amateur Football League

Cessation of all grassroots and underage football in Dublin

To all secretaries

Due to the latest Covid -19 guidelines issued by the government today      all  Amateur Football League games have been suspended  from midnight tonight   for the next 3 weeks, we will keep all updated  and hopefully resume football again around 9th October.

Peter Connolly
Hon Sec amateur football league

See below press release from FAI


Below is press release issued from FAI in last few minutes ceasing all football activities in the Dublin area

Cessation of grassroots and underage football

matches in Dublin

Following the introduction of

Level 3 COVID-19 restrictions in Dublin, the Football Association of Ireland

announces the cessation from midnight tonight of all Adult

Amateur and Underage football matches in Dublin with the exception of elite

football – namely the SSE Airtricity League, Women’s National League and all

five underage National Leagues.

Furthermore, any coach or player resident in Dublin but involved with an Adult

Amateur or non-elite Underage club outside of the county is not permitted to

travel outside Dublin for any football activity.

Adult amateur and non-elite Underage clubs in Dublin can continue to train

under the conditions laid out in the updated FAI Safer Return to Training

Protocol issued on Thursday.

The FAI will continue to monitor Government guidelines for Dublin and will

update this cessation order as required.

Sheriff YC

On behalf of The Amateur Football League we extend our sincere condolences to Keith Meehan, Manager Sheriff YC and his family on the Death of his Mother Noeleen. May she rest in peace.

Peter Connolly

Hon. Sec. Amateur Football League