Medical Director Dr. Alan Byrne updates training protocol

Medical Director Dr. Alan Byrne updates training protocol

FAI Medical Director Dr Alan Byrne has updated the FAQ around the FAI’s Safer Return to Training Protocol for Adult Amateur, underage National Leagues and Underage Football after the return to full contact training, permitted from June 29th.
30th Jun 2020

In the video interview, Dr Byrne outlines the new guidelines that have come into effect in line with Phase Three of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. 

Under the new guidelines, the following measures are explained by Dr Byrne:

  • Full contact training is permissible from June 29th for all Adult Amateur, underage National Leagues and Underage Football
  • Adult Amateur squads - of up to 24 players and one coach - can use a full-size pitch for training from June 29th, as per the FAI’s Updated Safer Return to Training Protocol
  • Two underage squads from the same club can train side by side on a full-size adult pitch from June 29th, providing a buffer zone is in existence between the training areas that matches the width of the centre-circle
  • Numbers for underage training must adhere to the FAI’s Updated Safer Return to Training
  • Protocol i.e. groups of up to 18 (16 players and minimum 2 coaches) for squads up to Under 12 and groups of up to 22 (20 players and minimum 2 coaches) for squads up to Under 18
  • Training games between teams from the same club are permissible from June 29th
  • Friendly fixtures against other clubs are permissible from July 11th
  • Teams can travel to friendly fixtures from July 11th, subject to Government guidelines Competitive fixtures can return from July 18th
  • Teams can travel to competitive games from July 18th, subject to Government guidelines Dressing-rooms cannot be used for training sessions
  • Dressing-rooms can be used, subject to strict 2 metres social distancing guidelines, for training games between teams from the same club from June 29th, friendly games from July 11th, and competitive fixtures from July 18th as per the FAI’s Safer Return to Play Protocol
  • Showers remain out of use until further notice

All Protocols will be updated in line with any changes to Government guidelines and all updates will be published at www.fai.ie.

Clubs can email enquiries to Covidchecklist@fai.ie