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Football For All

Who's it for?

This programme is aimed at all genders.


This programme is for all genders All age groups.


This programme has been designed for new players.


The Football for All programme is made up of players from all groups and sporting bodies that cater for people with a disability who want to play football. At the moment we have approximately 3,800 players participating in all of our programmes. The FAI work with our Football For All Affiliates to govern particular programmes within Football For All, such as the Irish Amputee Football Association, Association of Irish Powerchair Football, and the CP Football Development Academy. All of these Football For All Affiliates independently govern their specific football game across Ireland providing the pathway for their members from grassroots to international where possible The FAI recognises that some people or communities start from a disadvantaged position and may need assistance from the Association to access all opportunities that exist in football. Please see contact details of the affiliates below.

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Contact Paddy O'Reilly, FFA Programme Coordinator


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The Football Association of Ireland Amputee football programmes aim is to provide all amputees, people with congenital limb deficiencies and persons with restricted use of limbs, with the opportunity to play football locally, nationally and internationally. If you are a cancer survivor, military server or limbless for any other reason, everyone is welcome to try this fantastic sport. Check out IAFA website

For further information contact:
Christy McElligott - 083 8162334
Email: [email protected]
FFA Development Officer

The underlying values of Powerchair Football are to encourage people with disabilities to get involved in a sport that they have an interest in. This action-packed team sport combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and power of the chair itself, to participate in an extremely challenging game very similar to soccer. Powerchair Football is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users.

To find out more information on how you can get involved in Powerchair Football please contact:

Association of Irish Powerchair Football
Contact: Donal Byrne (Secretary)
Telephone: 087 4117911
Email: [email protected]

Our programmes aim to provide players with cerebral palsy with opportunities to participate in football.

Those opportunities are provided to players through the network of football for all clubs and through the CP Football Development Academy which is the only CP specific football club in Ireland. The Academy caters for boys and girls from the age of 7 upwards who want to have the opportunity to play recreational football as well as senior players who wish to access a talent pathway to potentially compete at international level.

At present, the CP Football Development Academy has structured programmes from foundation to senior development level. Training takes place every Saturday (September – June) between 12 noon and 2pm in the AUL Complex in Clonshaugh.

The Academy also provides a pathway for players into senior elite football with opportunities for them to complete at international level. The senior team competes in European and World competitions annually. In 2018, the Irish CP team won bronze at the European Champions in Holland.

Our aim is to increase the number of players with cerebral palsy participating in football.and to develop more CP specific regional based programmes. However our ability to develop and grow regional based programmes is dependent on the recruitment of new players.

If you are interested in getting involved in CP football, please contact us on the email address below.

Contact: Rachel Kavanagh
Email: [email protected]

The FAI FFA programme and Vision Sports Ireland work in conjunction to promote and develop football opportunities for people with vision impairments.

There are opportunities for both partially sighted players (B2/3) and fully blind (B1) players.

The B2/3 footballers play indoors and there are minimal differences in the rules from those that apply to the standard game of Futsal (five a side football). This game is played using a normal indoor Futsal ball – with high visibility being an option when available. There are currently Junior Vision Impaired Hubs in Galway, Portlaoise, and Dublin, with an additional Adult Group in Dublin. For more information please contact Vision Sport Ireland on [email protected]

B1 football is played outdoors on an artificial pitch with low level boards forming walls along the side of the pitch. All players wear block out goggles or blindfolds so that all are equally ‘blind’ during play. Sighted assistants call instructions from behind the goals. The ball contains ball bearings and therefore emits a sound as it moves about the pitch. In both cases the teams play with a sighted goalkeeper.

There is currently one B1 Group based in Dublin.

For more information please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

We offer programmes for both men and women in football. There is an inter-provincial competition each year for 11-a-side (men) and Futsal for both men and women.

We are aware that players are playing on mainstream teams on a weekly basis, however we want to make players aware of what opportunities exist at both inter-provincial and international level. A new Futsal programme has been established for both men and women.

The men's Futsal League takes place once a month and are always looking for new players to get involved. The women have regular training sessions in both Dublin and Cork. If you are interested in getting involved please contact the respective football director below:

New addresses:

Deaf Sports Ireland,
Deaf Village Ireland,
Ratoath Road,
Dublin 7.


Contact Person:

Ben O'Looney
Administrator/Sports Development Officer
Deaf Sports Ireland,
Deaf Village Ireland,
Ratoath Road,
Dublin 7,

Mobile: +353 86 0144850
Email: [email protected]

Special Olympics Ireland offers a vibrant and extensive football programme with 1270 athletes participating from all corners of the island.

Training is ongoing in a multitude of clubs all over the country. Players have the chance to compete at club, regional, All - Ireland and international level in the 7-a-side game.

If you want to find out about Special Olympics Ireland's football programme, please contact the Sports Department at:

Special Olympics Ireland

Email: [email protected]
Sport Ireland Campus | Snugborough Road | Blanchardstown | Dublin 15 | D15 PC63
Tel: +353 1 882 3972

Street Leagues was set up officially as an independent entity in 2005.

Its origins go back to 2003 when Sean Kavanagh, manager of Ireland's Issues Magazine brought a team of homeless lads to the inaugural Homeless World Cup in Austria. Seeing at first hand the benefits that could be accrued from participation in sport he decided that rather than build the lads up for a one-off tournament once a year it would be of greater benefit to have something that they could participate in all year round.

Together with Dublin City Council, a pilot project was set up in 2004 in the inner city. This proved very successful and as a result, in 2005 the league was expanded to cover the greater Dublin area and the league became affiliated to the Football Association of Ireland in its Football For All category. At present there are 13 leagues established across the country.

Our primary target groups are:

The homeless
Drug and alcohol dependant individuals in rehabilitation
Long-termed unemployed with identified learning disabilities
Refugee and asylum seekers
Hostels/Accommodation Centres

To build self-esteem, self-confidence and selfdiscipline.
To develop communication skills and to provide access to lifestyle opportunities in education, skills training and employment.
To imbue in people a sense of self-worth which is fundamental to moving on in life.

Street Leagues is the catalyst that helps achieve this.

Every year Irish Street Leagues host a national finals day in Dublin where all teams involved in leagues across the country are invited to compete and an Irish squad is selected from this tournament and sent to the Homeless World Cup.

For more information contact:
Kevin Leavy 087 919 4836
Sean Kavanagh 087 223 8108
Email: [email protected]

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