FAI update on Covid-19

FAI statement

FAI highlights three key issues around return to football for amateurs
The Football Association of Ireland’s steering group has highlighted three key areas around return to play protocols for the amateur adult and underage game which have been submitted to government officials.

The group met again yesterday (Monday) to discuss the conditions necessary to facilitate a safe and timely return for all amateur adult and underage players, match officials and volunteers.

The latest meeting followed further consultation with stakeholders in the wake of the publication of the government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The FAI now awaits a response from government as it seeks guidance on the following issues:

1. A clear policy to manage all risks for volunteers around a return to play and to ensure a safe environment for all participants.

2/ Clarity on the effects of social distancing on contact sport as per the phases outlined in the government’s Roadmap

3. Guidance on the infrastructural costs for amateur adult and underage clubs around safe return to play protocols.

Steering group facilitator Ger McDermott said: “We await a response from government having submitted a series of key questions to Sport Ireland around a safe return to play for everyone involved in amateur adult and underage football.

“We again advise all affiliates to postpone any decisions on a return to training or football until the government responds. The steering group will then meet to consider the outcome of that response.

“Only then can we issue clear guidelines to our clubs, leagues and all affiliates on a safe return to training and playing. We thank them all for their patience to date and for continuing to abide by HSE guidelines.”

FAI Grassroots

The Football Association of Ireland will launch a new FAI Grassroots channel this week with an FAI Homeskills programme as young footballersall across the country remain in lockdown.

Football is staying home until May 5th at the earliest and the new FAI Homeskills programme will offer coaching tips for young players.

Produced in association with the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland and FAI Schools, the first week of tips will be hosted by new Ireland coach Keith Andrews.

Women’s Football Development Officer Pearl Slattery conducts the daily online coaching session with a series of tips coordinated by FAI Development Officers.

The series will run daily from Monday to Friday at 11am, with FAI prizes awarded to the best online videos posted by participants.

Interim FAI Deputy CEO Niall Quinn has already produced his own social media videos to promote the new FAI Homeskills programme.

“People will see all sides of my game across social media – the good, the bad and the ugly!” Niall told FAI.ie

“It’s very important that we offer our young players something to keep them involved with football during this lockdown and FAI Homeskills is the perfect vehicle.

“We are hosting the FAI Homeskills programme on our new FAI Grassroots channels and I encourage all players, parents, clubs and stakeholders to get involved.

“Irish football will be back on the pitch someday soon but in the meantime this is a great opportunity for young players to work on their skills with FAI coaches.

“Keith Andrews and Pearl Slattery have done a great job with the first week’s set of skills and our Grassroots department and Development Officers have put a quality programme together.

“I’m looking forward to seeing videos sent to us from all over the country. I am sure the standard will be way higher than my efforts – I don’t think Stephen Kenny will be asking me to get my boots back on any day soon.”

FAI Homeskills will be available from 11am on Monday and you call follow the programme on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

FAI Grassroots Links








FAI extends cessation of football under its jurisdiction to May 5th


The Football Association of Ireland today announces an extension to the cessation order for all football under its jurisdiction until May 5th inclusive, following directives from Government and the Department of Health.

The decision to extend the deadline for the return to football has been taken in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the best interests of our players, coaches, volunteers, supporters and staff. This decision will continue to be monitored on an ongoing basis.

The FAI is in communication with the Department of Health and UEFA on COVID-19 and will continue to follow all government guidelines. The Association advises all members, volunteers and stakeholders to respect the HSE guidelines on social distancing during this pandemic. We also appeal to everyone involved with Irish football to stay at home over the Easter weekend.

The Association remains committed to a June return for the SSE Airtricity League and Women’s National League. Regular meetings are ongoing with representatives from the National League Executive Committee and the Professional Footballer’s Association of Ireland to help our clubs and players through this difficult time.

FAI Medical Director Dr Alan Byrne has again advised the FAI that in the current exceptional circumstances, clubs should not engage in collective training during the cessation period for all football activity under the FAI’s jurisdiction.

This recommendation is based on the government’s desire to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and Dr Byrne strongly advises against clubs training during this cessation period which runs until May 5th inclusive.


RIP – Elizabeth Coyne

The Club would like to offer its condolences to former manager Michael Coyne on the sad passing of his mother Elizabeth.

Elizabeth was also the grandmother of current U14 player James Coyne.

May Elizabeth Rest In Peace

Community Support

To all our community.

Do you know a elderly neighbour ….🤔

We’re appealing to all our club members to lend a supporting hand during the Covid19 pandemic. This can be done by checking in on an elderly neighbour to help with their groceries , prescriptions or helping those isolated people with a disability, we all know someone . For example , our own elderly club members who might not have full family support are looked after by our club members.

Any distance in contact will impact the elderly and people with disabilities particularly hard. It just takes a few minutes to look in on someone 👍

Continue to support, don’t assume , they may need your help. 💚💛🖤👏🙏

Thank you

Greenhills Boys & Bangor Greenhills Greenpark FC

DSSL Statement on Coronavirus situation

The Board of Directors have decided to cancel all football activity within the DDSL

12th March 2020

The Board of Directors have decided to cancel all football activity within the DDSL with immediate effect until further notice, following on from the statement of the Taoiseach today in closing schools.

“The health and safety of those involved within the clubs of the league is paramount in making this decision.”

We would ask all our stakeholders to follow suit within their own clubs.

We will review this decision on an ongoing basis and be guided by the Government and the HSE


Board of Directors