19th March 2021
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.
Jonathan Hill, CEO of the FAI
19th March 2021