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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

FAI COVID-19 support

Applications open for Sport Ireland/Government COVID-19 Funding For Clubs
The Football Association of Ireland is inviting affiliated clubs and Leagues to apply for the recently announced Government funding to be made available to sports clubs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These grants are part of a €70million package of new funding announced for National Governing Bodies of Sport, Local Sports Partnerships and sports clubs affected by COVID-19

The funding is available through a Sport Ireland grant scheme designed in consultation with the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht.

Affiliated clubs, leagues and provincial Associations that are seeking funding via this scheme are invited to complete the below application form.

To apply for the COVID-19 Funding, click here.

The application process will close at 5pm on Wednesday, September 2.  No late applications will be accepted under any circumstances.

All clubs seeking funding under this scheme will be asked to prove to the FAI and Sport Ireland that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in major financial issues for their club. Funding is available for sporting purposes only and cannot be used to offset loss of income from rentals etc.

All applicants should first read the terms and conditions of this funding scheme prior to completing an application.

Webinar will take place on Friday, August 28 regarding the application process. Clubs looking to attend should complete the Expression of Interest Form to receive an invitation.

Key Points of Grant Schemes Application Process:

  • FAI will apply to Sport Ireland on behalf of the applicant clubs under this scheme.
  • The primary purpose of this this funding scheme is the prevention of sports clubs from becoming insolvent due to the impact of COVID-19.
  • These grant schemes are designed to support sporting activity only.

Any clubs that have any questions related to their application of the funding scheme in general should contact CovidFundingSupport@fai.ieFAI

Return to Football Protocols

As we prepare to return to football on w/e 25/26th July we wish to advise all clubs that they must comply with the FAI Return to Football Protocols at all times.

Catherine ‘Kay’ Kennelly

A private Funeral will take place due to goverment advice regarding public gatherings. Kay’s Funeral will be online at 1 pm this Sat 18th April,to view click on If you would like to leave a personal message for Kay’s family you can do so on the “Condolence” section below. No flowers please donations if desired to Peita House