Cork Women’s League expanding to cater for recreational players


Cork Women’s League expanding to cater for recreational players

The Cork Women’s and Schoolgirl’s Soccer League are looking for companies and businesses to take part in a women’s recreational soccer league for the four weeks of April on Wednesday’s nights, starting on April 5th in Mayfield Football Club.
11th Apr 2017

This is a new venture by the CWSSL in conjunction with the FAI, who are hoping to attract new players to take up the game, and it is only open to women over the age of 18, and not registered with a club in the league.

The games will be seven-a-side and played on the astro-pitch over the four weeks of April.

Teams will consist of a panel of 10, and the cost of entering is free as part of a promotional push by the CWSSL and the FAI, with the support coming from UEFA to cover the cost of entry.

“This idea is an FAI supported venture and we are hoping companies and businesses will take part,” Matt Robinson of the CWSSL said.

“We are targeting new players and emphasising that this is a fun, recreational league for those interested in taking part. If you are currently playing with a team in any of our leagues, you cannot play in this competition.

“That way all teams are starting at the same level and afterwards if they want to continue playing soccer, then they can join a team in the league, or enter their own company into the league.  

“The beauty of this competition is that it is just for four weeks initially.  Games will take place for the four Wednesday nights in Mayfield Football Club on their new astro pitch and the time of the games will be between 7.30 and 9.30pm.   “Teams will be given their fixtures in advance and they will then be in a position to plan their work and home life around the games.”

Emma Martin, FAI National Coordinator for Women’s Football, who is working with the CWSSL in running the league, is hoping that companies and businesses will come on board and enjoy taking part in this new recreational league.

 “In recent years there has been a drop off globally in the number of females participating in competitive games.   We are address this by introducing the recreational game.  Where there is no commitment to weekly club sessions and competitive fixtures.  This is an ideal way for women of all ages to get out, get active and get social  So whether you’re a beginner or looking to get back into playing after a spell on the sidelines why not get together with some work mates and sign up.  It is a recreational league, where the important aspect will be of having fun and enjoying playing soccer,” Emma Martin said.

 “It will be well organized by the CWSSL and the FAI, teams will know their fixtures and every game will be refereed by a qualified referee.  What we are trying to do with this seven-a-side format is to encourage new players to take up the game or get back involved.”

All games will be played in Mayfield Football Club, Mayfield on Wednesday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.  

Anyone interested in joining the recreational league is asked to email for competition rules and entry forms.

All those interested need apply by March 20th at the latest.