FAI Futsal Cup Fixtures announced today

FAI Futsal Cup Fixtures announced today

The fixtures for the 2010 FAI Futsal Cup competition have been released today with the first games kicking off on January 30th.
19th Jan 2010
The fixtures for the 2010 FAI Futsal Cup competition have been released today with the first games kicking off on January 30th.

The competition is in its fourth year and fixtures will take place in four venues countrywide with Galway staging matches for the first time. Four top class facilities will be used again this year and will provide a suitable stage for players to showcase their skills.

The venues are:
Leinster: BRL Umbro Arena, Ballymun, Dublin.
Ulster: AURA Leisure Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.
Connaught: Kingfisher Centre, NUI Galway.
Munster: University of Limerick.

The fixtures have thrown up some interesting pairings with former champions Shamrock Rovers and St. Pat's Athletic meeting in Leinster Group one. Last Year's Champions, Cork City play Limerick and will hope to reproduce the form which took them all the way to the UEFA Futsal Cup last season.

Futsal clubs from the recently formed Emerald Futsal League have also been included in the competition for the first time with Alpha Futsal, Dublin Santos and Blue Magic playing alongside the newly formed Futsal teams aligned to established clubs such as Rovers, Pats, Sporting Fingal and Bray.

The introduction of junior clubs and selection teams has been an interesting addition to this year's competition which sees a record entry of 32 teams. The first round fixtures will see the Junior clubs and League of Ireland / Futsal clubs kept apart until the last 16 round on February 27th.

The finals weekend on 6/7 March will see the final eight teams battle it out for a place in the 2010/11 UEFA Futsal Cup preliminary rounds which will take place in July.

FAI National Futsal Coordinator, Derek O'Neill said: "It promises to be an interesting competition with the introduction of the juniors. Many of the current National Futsal team play in the junior leagues and I'm looking forward to some new talent emerging around the country. There are some great five a side players in the Junior game out there and there are some exciting opportunities available to players who excel at the game. I'm hoping that some of the players in this year's competition will help broaden the base of players available for selection for next year's FIFA Futsal World Cup Qualifiers."

Fixtures

Leinster Region qualifiers
BRL Umbro Arena, Ballymun, Dublin 9.
Dates: CONFIRMED
As below

Ulster Region qualifiers
AURA Leisure Centre, Letterkenny
Dates: CONFIRMED
League of Ireland clubs - 13th February 2010
Junior clubs - 20th February 2010.

Munster Region Qualifiers
Sports Arena, University of Limerick
Dates: CONFIRMED
League of Ireland clubs - 6 February 2010
Junior clubs - 13th February 2010

Connaught Region Qualifiers
Kingfisher Centre, NUI Galway
Dates: CONFIRMED
League of Ireland AND Junior clubs competition both
on Sunday 21st February 2010

Details:

Group L1 30th January 2010 - Ballymun
League of Ireland / Futsal clubs - 30 January 2010

12 noon Shamrock Rvs V FAS Futsal
12.40pm St. Pats V Blue Magic
1.20pm Shamrock Rvs V Blue Magic
2pm St. Pats V FAS
2.40pm FAS V Blue Magic
3.20pm Shamrock Rvs V St. Pats
fin.4pm

Group L2 6th February - Ballymun
Junior Clubs - 6 February 2010

12 noon AUL Sel. V Duleek Utd.
12.40pm FAS Sth. V Whitehall Celtic
1.20pm AUL Sel. V FAS Sth.
2pm Duleek V Whitehall Celtic
2.40pm Whitehall Celtic V AUL Sel.
3.20pm Duleek V FAS Sth.
fin.4pm

Group L3 20th February - Ballymun
League of Ireland /Futsal clubs - 20th February 2010

12 noon Sporting Fingal V Bray W.
12.40pm Alpha V Dublin Santos
1.20pm Sporting Fingal V Alpha
2pm Bray W. V Dublin Santos
2.40pm Sporting Fingal V Dublin Santos
3.20pm Alpha V Bray W.
fin.4pm

Group U1 13th February - AURA Letterkenny
League of Ireland clubs - 13th February 2010

1pm Monaghan United V Finn Harps
Winner qualifies for last 16.

Group U2 20th February - AURA Letterkenny
Junior clubs - 20th February 2010

12 noon Ulster Sen.Lge.v Donegal lge.
12.40pm Inishowen 1 v Inisowen 2
1.20pm Ulster Sen.Lge.v Inishowen 1
2pm Donegal lge. V Inishowen 2
2.40pm Ulster Sen.Lge. V Inishowen 2
3.20pm Donegal V Inishowen 1
fin.4pm

Group M1 6th February - University of Limerick
League of Ireland clubs - 6 February 2010

1pm Cork City V Limerick FC
Winner qualifies for last 16.

Group M2 13th February - University of Limerick
Junior clubs - 13th February 2010

12 noon Clare Dragons V Clare Sharks
12.40pm Tralee Celtic v Dunmanway Town
1.20pm Clare Dragons v Tralee Celtic
2pm Clare Sharks v Dunmanway Town
2.40pm Clare Dragons v Dunmanway Town
3.20pm Trale Celtic V Clare Sharks
fin.4pm

Group C1 Sunday 21st February - Kingfisher NUIG, Galway
League of Ireland AND Junior clubs competition

12 noon Salthill V Galway Utd.
12.40pm Tullamore V Athlone Town
1.20pm Salthill V Tullamore
2pm Galway v Athlone Town
2.40pm Salthill v Athlone Town
3.20pm Galway V Tullamore

Group C2 Sunday 21st February - Kingfisher NUIG, Galway
Junior clubs/teams

4pm Roscommon Lge. V Corrib Rangers
4.40pm Galway Hibs V Mervue United
5.20pm Roscommon Lge. V Galway Hibs
6pm Corrib Rangers V Mervue United
6.40pm Mervue United V Roscommon Lge.
7.20pm Galway Hibs V Corrib Rangers
Fin.8pm

Quarter Finals Matches
Leinster 1 (L1) Winners V Munster 2 (M2) Runners Up
Leinster 3 (L3) Winners V Munster 2 (M2) Winners
Leinster 2 (L2) Winners V Connaught 1 (C1) Runners Up
Leinster 1 (L1) Runners Up V Ulster 2 (U2) Winners
Leinster 3 (L3) Runners Up V Ulster 2 (U2) Runners Up
Ulster 1 (U1) Winners V Connaught 2 (C2) Winners
Leinster 2 (L2) Runners Up V Connaught 1 (C1) Winners
Munster 1 (M1) Winners V Connaught 2 (C2) Runners Up

LAST 16 - Sat 27th Feb
QFs/SFs and Finals - 6/7 March

Blitz games - 15min e/way
All K.O games - full official match duration

Winners represent Ireland in the UEFA Futsal Cup 2010.