Emerging Talent

Emerging Talent

The FAI Emerging Talent Programme helps identify and develop talented young players around the country with a view to helping them progress onto the international stage in due course.

Since September 2014 the programme has been updated to start working directly with our most talented players from a younger age.

Our regional centres which previously catered for Under 15 and Under 16 age groups now start with ten year olds in the U11, U12, U13 and U14 age ranges.

The most talented U15s and U16s will be developed at new Centres of Excellence – 11 of them throughout the country – and in parallel, we will continue working with and investing in the League Emerging talent programmes to ensure that our most talented players are being developed and challenged in an appropriate environment.

Alongside that, plans are underway for the introduction of a national U17 league to compliment the U19 league and strengthen the elite player pathway. Consultation meetings are on-going and it is expected that an expression of interest notice will be released at the beginning of September with the League due to get underway in August 2015.

The Pathway will now be:

League Centres @ Under 11,12,13,14                           Regional Emerging Talent Block training @ Under 11, 12, 13, 14 Centres of Excellence @ Under 15/16
32 Schoolboy leagues                                10 centres on a pilot basis As above- 11 centres with 12 groups
Training weekly 8 blocks of 2 days 27 training nights & 7 matches

Area Venue Head Coach Training Day
Dublin North AUL Complex - Monday 6.30pm-8.15pm
Dublin South Peamount - Monday 6.30pm-8.30pm
Dundalk Oriel Park - Wednesday 7pm-8.30pm
Letterkenny AURA Centre - Wednesday 6.30pm-8pm
Castlebar Milebush Park - Monday 7pm-8.30pm
Mullingar Mullingar Athletic FC - Monday 7pm-8.30pm
Galway Mervue United - Monday 7pm-9pm
Limerick University of Limerick - Monday 6.30pm-8.30pm
Kerry Killarney Celtic FC - Wednesday 7pm-8.30pm
Cork Blarney United FC - Monday 6.30pm-8pm
Waterford Waterford IT - Monday 7pm-8.30pm
Arklow Arklow Town FC - Wednesday 7pm-9pm