Joint FAI and SFAI statement re calendar season football
The Board of the FAI is aware that a number of SFAI affiliate leagues have had difficulty implementing trophy football in the calendar season and feel their leagues would be better equipped to deliver trophy football by following the winter season in line with the school calendar.
Following discussions between the FAI and the SFAI, the Board of the FAI have agreed the following:
- Any underage league currently playing in the calendar season or about to implement calendar season football may continue to do so
- Those leagues currently playing in calendar season that have faced serious challenges may consider a return to the winter season
- Leagues currently playing in the winter season may continue to do so
- SFAI competitions will remain in their current format
The FAI, in conjunction with the SFAI, are establishing a Committee to look into this particular matter and are aware that any change may pose challenges as the non-alignment of the Schoolboy season with the National League season can lead to difficulties for various stakeholders.