Clubs profit from Irish Football National Draw

The 2016 Irish Football National Draw has proved to be hugely profitable for clubs all around the country following another successful year.

The 2016 Irish Football National Draw has proved to be hugely profitable for clubs all around the country following another successful year. Over 100,000 tickets were sold by more than 350 clubs, which results in an average of each club earning a profit in excess of €2,000 on top of the 110 regional and national prizes distributed.

A fantastic way for grassroots clubs to raise funds and win excellent prizes, the Irish Football National Draw is organised each year by the Football Association of Ireland in association with its partners.

This year's prizes were worth more than €200,000, including four Ford Fiesta cars. The full list of winners can be viewed on our website by clicking here

Excitement builds for Ireland's next homecoming

Martin O'Neill will be quite pleased with how the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign has started for the Republic of Ireland as they sit top of Group D.

Victories away to Moldova and Austria backed up the draw away to Serbia and the win at home to Georgia to leave Ireland on 10 points after four games played. Not a bad way to follow on from an impressive display at UEFA EURO 2016 last summer.

There is a feel-good factor surrounding O'Neill's team with many new star players emerging and a fighting spirit driving them forward. It is why there has been so much interest in the next home games - against Wales on March 24 and Iceland on March 29.

A special DUO Package with tickets for both games sold out in record time, but more tickets could be made available for the 'Three' International Friendly against Iceland. So keep an eye out for the hottest tickets in Irish sport right now!

Three clubs up for Football For All Awards

Three FAI Football For All clubs have been shortlisted for final three in CARA Centre Inclusive Awards in the Category of “Best Inclusive Club”. The three clubs are Carigaline United, Killarney Celtic and Esker Celtic.

The clubs have been part of the FFA club network for the past number of years providing a FFA section within their clubs providing opportunities for players of varying abilities the chance to experience club football in their daily lives. All three clubs have seen the need to provide footballing opportunities for their whole community with all football for all members getting regular training within the club and competition through the various blitz’s and leagues supported by the FAI’s football for all programme.

The CARA inclusion awards are in their fourth year and recognise excellent good practice in the whole area of inclusion of all abilities in sport in Ireland and with the FAI leading the way in inclusive sport in Ireland so to do our clubs.

These three clubs demonstrate what can be done in a community by a sports club when the right people, drive, passion and commitment is there. All three have opened doors of footballing opportunities to a huge cohort of players that may not have been given before. These players now can develop like their peers in a club environment and as the FAI’s vision states reach their full potential says Oisin Jordan, Football For All National Coordinator.

The FAI has also been shortlisted in the category of Best Inclusive Governing Body with Tennis Ireland and Triathlon Ireland. Having won this category in the very first CARA Inclusion awards the association are very proud of the work that has been achieved over those 4 years and believe their work in inclusion is in a much stronger and more sustainable place.

“The huge strides we, as an Association, have made in the past 4 years in the area of Football For All, with over 3,500 players benefiting from this work, and the Association embarking on an inclusive NGB Pilot initiative over the coming years with CARA Centre and Sport Ireland," said Colm Young, FFA Senior Council representative

"The FAI takes its role in trail blazing Best Practice in Inclusive Sport very seriously. In being shortlisted again in 2016 for the Best Inclusive Governing Body we feel that our vision to allow everyone access to our sport and to develop to their full potential is being recognised."

Late Nite League lights up Limerick

In an attempt to tackle anti-social behaviour, the FAI Late Nite Leagues have provided a fantastic platform for locals in Limerick to participate in a worthwhile project.

The Late Night League, which is run by FAI Football Development Officer Jason O'Connor & FAI Auxilary staff member Gary Kelly every Tuesday in November, takes place in the Factory Youthspace. The aim is to use football as a social inclusion tool to integrate the local southside Garda project participants into clubs and build relationships between local Garda and youths.

Over 60 young males participated, while Sergeant Adrian Whelan was in attendance along with Ireland Women's Rugby team captain Garda Niamh Briggs & Garda Adrian Healy who refereed the games between teams from Carew Park FC, Janesboro FC, Limerick FC, Caherdavin FC & the Southside Garda project.

"Players from the project team who are currently unattached, could benefit greatly from a social point of view by signing for a club, the discipline of training and playing as part of a team are all positives, it can also possibly lead to a new circle of friends and a different outlook for at-risk teenagers," said Garda Healy,

PDP Workshop gets great reception in Waterford

The FAI Player Development Plan Workshop rollout continued on Monday, November 14 in the WIT Arena, Waterford and the key messages were well received.

In total, 130 Coaches from Waterford and the South East Region attended the Workshop which is designed to introduce and explain the fundamentals of the Player Development Plan which carries the core message of 'Let The Children Play!' 

The series of Workshops that have been taking part all over the country have allowed coaches from all levels to interact with FAI staff and debate the core principles of player development.

The Workshop in Waterford was organised by Pat Kelly (Waterford Schoolboy Football League) and the FAI Football Development Officer's Gary Power and Michael Looby, while it was delivered by Ruud Dokter (FAI High Performance Director), Tom O'Shea (FAI Grassroots Director), and Donal Conway (FAI Vice President).

For further information, visit

Host an FAI Summer Soccer School camp at your club

The summer sun may be one way to get kids out to play. Another would be hosting an FAI Summer Soccer Schools camp, where your club would be guaranteed lots of smiling faces and time spent on player development.

2016 was yet another record breaking year for our Summer Soccer Schools programme. With over 31,000 participants at 350 camps nationwide, our clubs benefitted greatly with over €800,000 paid out from the FAI to you, our clubs!

So, what are the benefits of hosting an official FAI Summer Soccer School camp?
1. Generate extra revenue for your club
2. Opportunity to recruit new young players for your club
3. Increase your club engagement with local community, parents and players during the summer months
4. Full booking system and customer service team managed by FAI
5. Support from FAI in marketing and promoting your camp using our Summer Soccer School brand

How can we apply to host? For further information on hosting a Summer Soccer School camp in 2017 please contact Pearl Slattery at

EURO 2020 Dublin Launch kicks off countdown

The countdown to UEFA EURO 2020 officially began with an impressive brand launch of the Dublin logo in the CHQ Building, overlooking the Beckett Bridge. 

The logo features the city's Beckett Bridge as part of UEFA's brand theme of city bridges for this 60th anniversary running of the tournament, which is being hosted across 13 European cities.

Dublin will play host to three group matches and one Round of 16 game in what will be a unique multi-country format to one of international football's premier tournaments.

FAI President Tony Fitzgerald, FAI CEO John Delaney, Dublin City Council's Cllr Dermot Lacey, UEFA Executive Committee member Frantisek Laurinec, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O'Donovan, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and assistant Roy Keane, as well as former Ireland international Keith Andrews, attended the launch.

It was also announced that former Ireland captain and record goalscorer Robbie Keane will spearhead Dublin's Legacy EURO 2020 campaign, which will build on Street Football with the ultimate goal of getting more boys and girls out playing football in their communities.

Fancy a career in sport? IT Carlow can help

IT Carlow has a proven track record of helping students to forge successful careers in the sports industry. Now, with the CAO Application open for two courses, it is time to take a closer look.

The programmes are three year Level 7 BA in Sports Coaching & Business Management (Soccer) and four year Level 8 Sport Management and Coaching which is delivered by the Institute of Technology Carlow in association with the FAI. The aim of the programme is to provide an academic qualification that combines Coaching, Fitness and Player Development with a broad based business curriculum relevant to the development of the sport.

The programme will provide competencies and skills in such areas as Player Development and Coaching. The programme will give an understanding of the cross-functional nature of the business/sport environment and will develop in students a multitude of transferable business and communication skills. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to seek relevant employment in sports related business environments.

Potential Career Paths include: FAI Third Level Football Facilitator, FAI Development Officer, FAI Administration, Sports Management, Club Development, Coaching/Fitness and the business of sport.

Graduates have been employed in the following areas...
• Youth Academy Coach
• Youth Development Officer
• Sports programme Co-ordinator
• Performance Analyst
• Education Tutor (VEC)
• Self Employed
• Defense Forces

For further infromation on the two courses click on the links below:
- Sports Coaching and Business management
- Sports Management and Coaching

Take the Survey and help kick racism out of football

The Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) campaign kicked off last month with thousands of people throughout the country showing their support.

Players, coaches, administrators and volunteers from clubs, leagues, associations and community groups all got involved to help show racism the red card and share the message through football-related activities.

Now in its 10th season in Ireland, FARE is stretched over two weeks to incorporate such events as friendly matches and educational workshops. The FARE actions are coordinated by the FAI Intercultural Football Programme and supported by Show Racism The Red Card.

You can have your say and contribute to the discussion on how best to stamp racism out of football by filling out the anti racism / discrimination survey.

To take part in the survey, click here

Opportunity knocks with Referees Beginners Course

The FAI Referees Department are putting on a final Beginners Course for 2016 in County Mayo and it's your chance to get involved.

FAI Referee Beginners course are run over two days, and consist of 14 hours classroom tuition and a 1 hour outdoor practical session. To become an active Referee you must be over the age of 16, however you can undertake the course prior to reaching this age. Following successful completion of the Course you will, subject to Garda Vetting clearance, be allocated to a league (usually Schoolboy/Girl) within your area and eligible for appointment to games within that league.

The number of appointments and level of games you receive will be at the discretion of the Leagues Referee Allocator. There is also a requirement to undertake an Irish Sports Council approved three-hour Safe Guarding Children workshop, this is a compulsory requirement for all FAI Registered Referees, however you can commence Refereeing as soon as you receive Garda Vetting clearance and undertake the workshop later.

Further Referee training opportunities will be available through the FAI Grassroots Referee development programme and our annual Grassroots Referee Seminars, attendance at these workshops is compulsory and further information on these aspects of your referee licence will be explained at your beginners course.

To book a place on the Referees Beginners Course, click here

Attention: possible savings for clubs

Football clubs that operate retail outlets such as bars or cafes have an opportunity to avail of a partial exemption from Commercial Rates which could lead to significant reduction in their annual costs thanks to the implementation of the Valuation (Amendment) Act 2015.

The partial exemption applies to Clubs where their buildings or part of their buildings are occupied and are used exclusively for “community sport” on a not-for-profit basis.

"There are potential significant saving on rates for many of our clubs so it is important that clubs and leagues that operate retail outlets such as bars or cafes look into the opportunity that may be there for them," said FAI Facilities Director Richard Fahey.

Here is the official public notice in relation to the Valuation (Amendment) Act 2015:
The Valuation (Amendment) Act 2015 provides a partial exemption from commercial rates for Community Sports Clubs that are registered under the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act 1904.

Buildings or part of buildings used for or in conjunction with the sale or consumption of alcohol or food, retail use or hire to non-community organisations continue to be liable for rates.

In order to avail of this partial exemption, Community Sports Clubs registered under the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act 1904 are required to complete and submit an application, with supporting documentation, to the Valuation Office as soon as possible.
If you have any questions in relation to this partial exemption, or the completion of Form R2, please contact the Valuation Office Helpline between 9.30am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) at 01 8171033 or e-mail

New round of Sports Capital Programme

It is expected that the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport will launch a new round of the Sports Capital Programme in early 2017. This is good news for clubs looking to fund capital projects such as pitch or clubhouse developments.

While the date of the announcement has yet to be decided it is important that clubs who have not already done so, register with the online Sports Capital Programme management system called OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register) which will allow clubs and leagues to make an application when the programme opens, view previous grants and payments, change contact details, seek payment of a grant and otherwise communicate with the Department online.

This portal is the only way to apply for grants under any future rounds of the Sports Capital Programme, therefore, any organisation that wishes to make any future applications must first register online.

In order to register for the system, a Tax Registration Number (TRN) is required. The TRN is the unique identifier and user name for logging into the system.

You will need written confirmation of the TRN from the Revenue Commissioner prior to completing the registration process either in the form of a tax clearance certificate or a letter from Revenue confirming your TRN so make sure that you apply for it as soon as possible as it will take a number of days for it to be processed and returned to you.

If your organisation is not a limited company and does not currently have a TRN, getting one is simple.

All you have to do is complete the one page form Registration Form for voluntary non-profit making organisations and return to your local Revenue Office. It should take around 10 working days to get written confirmation of your TRN.

If your organisation is a limited company, the form to be completed is Form TR2. In this case, you should ensure that your company is registered with the Companies Registration Office prior to application for a TRN.

Further information including the contact details for your local Revenue Office is available from Revenue and from the Companies Registration Office.

In order to Register your club on the system, visit and follow the links outlined.

Football helping communities to boost fitness levels

Away from the competitive egde, sometimes it can be forgotten how fun it is to play and how the beautiful game can help increase fitness levels without you even knowing it.

So the Limerick City DEPS (Drug Education Prevention Strategy) Fitness through Football programme was set up to help adult males who are early school leavers or are long-term unemployed to improve both their physical & mental health.

City councellor Daniel Butler, who designed the programme over seven years ago, works in partnership with FAI Football Development Officer Jason O’Connor & FAI Auxillary staff member Stephen Conway in delivering the programme, which runs for eight weeks. The FAI provide two weekly football and fitness sessions, which includes fitness testing Week 1 & Week 8 to graph the improvement in participants physical fitness.

During November, as part of the programme, English Premier League club Sunderland AFC visited the city a nd worked closely with the participants in the Astro Turf facility in Our Lady Of Lourdes in Limerick. Sunderland coaches Jason Hendry and Kevin Darke spent the week improving the players' technical ability and aerobic fitness before presenting a signed club shirt at the end of the week.

On completion of the programme, the Fitness Through Football participants will visit Sunderland's Stadium of Light for a Premier League game, stadium tour and a game against a local supporters club.

FAI/ETB Selection make a big splash

Talent has never been an issue for the participants on the FAI/ETB course, but it was quite clear in their first ever representative game just how good the players were.

By assembling the best players from each of the eight centres around the country, the FAI/ETB Football Academy Selection took on a Republic of Ireland Under 19 Home-Based side in the FAI National Training Centre and the football produced was of a very high standard.

Ireland U19 head coach Tom Mohan was suitably impressed, especially with the FAI/ETB players who were combining as a team for the first time under the watchful eye of head coach Trevor Lovell. They hope to play more representative games in the near future.

The FAI/ETB course caters for players looking to combine football and educational development, through the centres in Castlebar, Cork, Dublin and Limerick. The course delivers a programme that focuses on the areas of health, fitness, business and computers, helping participants to prepare for FETAC Level 5 qualification and secure entry to third level education.

From a football perspective, the course has helped over 100 players successfully forge careers in the SSE Airtricity League, Continental Tyres Women's National League, and in top-flight Leagues around the world - while four graduates were called up to the Republic of Ireland men's senior squad this year.

For further information on the FAI/ETB courses, vist the website

St Ita's fly Irish flag in Europe

Little can hold back the St Ita's visually impaired and fully sighted Futsal teams as evidenced by their recent trip to Vienna to take on Austrian Opposition.

With matches against FAK, Vienna Walzer and Murexin Allstars, the team performed impeccably well and showed impressive skills on the Futsal pitch. The Dublin club have made fantastic strides in recent years and they deserve a huge amount of credit for their progression with Football For All initiatives.

Proving that Futsal - a game that demands high skill levels - can be played by people from all backgrounds and abilities, St Ita's are showing that they can compete against top quality opposition and continue to push boundaries.

The St Ita's fully sighted squad included: Robert Vaughan, Oisin Fogarty, Luke Martin, Pierce Huges, Shaun Gonzalez, Daniel Lander, Liam Mulcahy, Steven Wade, Daragh Garde.

The VSI St Ita's squad included: Stephen Kearns, Sean Poland, Alan Worrell, Fintan Loughnane, Robert Vaughan, Luke Meenan, Daragh Garde, Daniel Lander, Phelim Mannion, Dave Feery, Jason Ward, Colm Brady.

The management team for the two squads were Oisin Fogarty, Paul Fogarty, Rahim Nazarali, Chris Hyland and Tony Lyster.

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