Clubs:
Update – message from Hon Sec
03/04/2020

The message below was emailed to all club secretaries on Tuesday (March 31)

The UCFL Executive Committee held its first meeting since 05/03/2020 last Thursday night (26/03/2020). This meeting was held via tele-conference – a first in the history of the UCFL - to evaluate the ongoing scenario that has emerged with the coronavirus pandemic. It is impossible to make a definitive plan but some tentative ideas were discussed, as follows:

1. We estimate that we will need a 2 month period to complete the outstanding fixture list for this season e.g. if the season recommenced on 1 May it could conceivably be completed by 30 June. By rule, we will have to seek the permission of the Leinster FA to extend the season beyond 31 May. Moreover, clubs with leased pitches from the council and other authorities may have to seek permission to extend their tenure for the current season.

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03/04/2020 16:18
Current position in relation to Covid-19
20/03/2020

Since our initial communication last week, suspending fixtures for approximately two weeks, it will have become obvious to all that a date for resumption of fixtures cannot be given until we see how events unfold in the coming days and weeks.

In the meantime, the UCFL Executive continue to monitor the situation and hope to address outstanding issues and consider feasible courses of action in the possible scenarios that may emerge. At this point, we would like to assure all our teams that we remain keen to complete the season when a resumption of action becomes possible.

We are also looking into ways of keeping our clubs and players informed on a regular basis, though obviously there may not be much new relevant information to be provided at particular times.

In the meantime, we trust all our members are keeping safe and behaving as requested by the health authorities seeking to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

20/03/2020 18:45
All football to cease with immediate effect - FAI directive
12/03/2020

Please note directive received from the FAI this afternoon, which announces the cessation of all football activities with immediate effect.

The UCFL will comply fully with this instruction, which means that all fixtures scheduled for the coming weekend (14/03/2020) are now postponed. No fixtures will be set for the following weekends, up to and including 28/03/2020.

The UCFL will liaise with all relevant bodies as new information emerges over the coming days and weeks.

To read the full statement from the FAI, please click on the following link: www.ucfl.ie/homepage.aspx?oid=1054&ct=dl/

12/03/2020 19:23
FAI directive - No pre-match handshakes at all FAI matches
12/03/2020

In the light of today's events and expected further information from the FAI, the UCFL intends to issue a full update on the position after its regular weekly meeting later tonight.

Pending this update, please note the attached directive which we received earlier this week from the FAI via the Leinster FA.

12/03/2020 13:41
UCFL Coaching Course – National D Licence
05/01/2019: reminder re January course

An email was sent to all clubs prior to Christmas in connection with a specialised coaching course for UCFL members leading to the award of a National D licence on successful completion. The email asked all club secretaries to inform their members of this course and to let the UCFL know how many, if any, are interested. We have had a number of replies and have been liaising with the FAI coaches who are making preparations to hold the course.

The proposal from the FAI is to hold the course over 3 days towards the end of January 2020. The course will begin on Friday evening, Jan 24 and continue over the Saturday and Sunday, Jan 25 & 26.

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05/01/2020 20:10
Chairman's New Year message
31/12/2019

The Chairman and Executive Committee of the UCFL would like to wish a Happy New Year to all our clubs, their players and mentors and everyone else associated with the UCFL in various capacities.

The UCFL consolidated its position as one of the major adult Men’s Leagues in the Dublin area during 2019 and we look forward to it continuing to prosper during 2020 and indeed beyond as a new decade dawns!

31/12/2019 17:57
Current position in relation to Covid-19
20/03/2020

Since our initial communication last week, suspending fixtures for approximately two weeks, it will have become obvious to all that a date for resumption of fixtures cannot be given until we see how events unfold in the coming days and weeks.

In the meantime, the UCFL Executive continue to monitor the situation and hope to address outstanding issues and consider feasible courses of action in the possible scenarios that may emerge. At this point, we would like to assure all our teams that we remain keen to complete the season when a resumption of action becomes possible.

We are also looking into ways of keeping our clubs and players informed on a regular basis, though obviously there may not be much new relevant information to be provided at particular times.

In the meantime, we trust all our members are keeping safe and behaving as requested by the health authorities seeking to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

20/03/2020 18:45
12/12/2019: Kildare 2-0 UCFL
UCFL exit Oscar Traynor Trophy

The UCFL are out of the 2019/20 Oscar Traynor Trophy after falling to their second loss in the competition on Wednesday night (11/12/2019), going down 0-2 to the Kildare & District League on a chilly night in Kilcullen.

Though the UCFL had chances, Kildare undoubtedly deserved their victory, hitting the woodwork on two occasions before half-time, then taking the lead through a brilliant strike from JP McDonagh on 59 minutes, before the same player sealed victory for his team with a tap-in 20 minutes later.

Kildare will now take on Kilkenny at the same venue next Sunday to determine which of these two teams advance to the knockout stages as group winners, while the UCFL are left to reflect on another frustrating night as much good play failed to yield any tangible reward.

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13/12/2019 01:34
03/12/2019: Management meeting Thursday night (Dec 5); Transfer window re-opens
(Meeting in FAI HQ, Abbotstown)

The December Management Meeting will be held at 8.00pm this Thursday night (Dec 5) in FAI HQ, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin 15. All clubs must attend. Fines will be imposed for non-attendance.

The second player transfer window of the season opened on Sunday (Dec 1). This window will remain open until Jan 31. Note, however, that unattached players may continue to sign for a club at any time up to the end of March.

03/12/2019 15:15
01/12/2019: Mrs. Brown’s Boys/ FAI Heart Care Programme
Basic life support training to be offered nationwide

On 18/11/2019, the FAI announced an expansion of their Heart Care Programme initiative, including plans for a programme to introduce basic life support training nationwide for grassroots volunteers in 2020 with the first training courses conducted by Heartsafety

Solutions scheduled for February.

Dates and locations for this basic life support training are set out below and UCFL clubs are encouraged to register up to two members each to participate. Coaches have the option to take a 3 hour morning or afternoon session.

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01/12/2019 15:18
Euro 2020 Qualifier - Ireland v Denmark
Tickets available from UCFL

Clubs wishing to purchase tickets for the forthcoming Republic of Ireland v Denmark (Euro 2020 qualifier) match on Monday, 18 November 2019, should contact the Chairman, Barney Blood (087 9819882/ barney.blood@ucfl.ie) with details of their requirements.

Please note that prepayment will be necessary when ordering tickets for this match – the Chairman will provide precise information on this when contacted.

17/10/2019 10:15
Current position in relation to Covid-19
20/03/2020

Since our initial communication last week, suspending fixtures for approximately two weeks, it will have become obvious to all that a date for resumption of fixtures cannot be given until we see how events unfold in the coming days and weeks.

In the meantime, the UCFL Executive continue to monitor the situation and hope to address outstanding issues and consider feasible courses of action in the possible scenarios that may emerge. At this point, we would like to assure all our teams that we remain keen to complete the season when a resumption of action becomes possible.

We are also looking into ways of keeping our clubs and players informed on a regular basis, though obviously there may not be much new relevant information to be provided at particular times.

In the meantime, we trust all our members are keeping safe and behaving as requested by the health authorities seeking to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

20/03/2020 18:45
UPDATE - October Management Meeting re-scheduled for this Thursday 10/10/2019 7:30pm

The October Management Meeting, which was originally due to take place last Thursday night, will now instead take place this coming Thursday night (10/10/2019) in FAI HQ, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin 15, with a 7:30pm start. All clubs must be represented.

League fees are due for payment in full by Oct 1 each season; in practice, this will be taken as the date of this week’s meeting, 10/10/2019. The Treasurer asks that as many clubs as possible pay in advance of the meeting by direct transfer to the League’s bank account.

30/09/2019 15:07
External Competitions
18/08/2019

In addition to the regular UCFL competitions, there are 3 “external” competitions available to UCFL teams – the FAI Junior Cup, the LFA Junior Cup and the LFA Junior Shield. All UCFL teams are eligible to enter the FAI Junior Cup, which is the national knockout competition open to all junior teams in the country and the UCFL encourages as many of its teams as possible to enter, particularly those in the top two divisions. The LFA Junior Cup is open to all junior teams in Leinster playing above Division 3 level. The LFA Junior Shield is open to all teams playing at or below Division 3 level.

Entry forms for the FAI Junior Cup can be downloaded here:

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17/08/2019 23:12
Volunteer in Sport Awards

Federation of Irish Sport Volunteers in Sport Awards to recognise the contribution of the

450,000 people who ensure sport in Ireland happens each week.

 EBS, the Mortgage Masters to sponsor awards as part of a wider campaign celebrating the role of the volunteer;

 37.2 million hours of volunteering across Ireland’s 14,000+ sports clubs and associations each year;

 An overall winner from each county will be selected as well as one national “team of volunteers” award and a ‘Lifetime’ award;

 Closing date for nominations is Friday, 27 September

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18/08/2019 22:53
Sanctioning Of Friendly Games
07/08/2019

In relation to friendly matches, which are a major feature of pre-season preparations at this time of year, clubs are reminded of FAI Rules of the Association, Part C), Rule 34.3, which requires that these games be sanctioned.

Part C), Rule 34.3 reads as follows: “Domestic friendly matches, including but not limited to tournaments and trial matches, must be sanctioned by the League of the hosting team”.

The full FAI Rules can be viewed via the following link:

www.fai.ie/domestic/governance/fai-rule-book

The home team should take responsibility for obtaining sanction for a friendly game and, in the case of a UCFL team, this involves contacting the UCFL Hon Sec, Paraic Treanor (paraic.treanor@ucfl.ie), as far in advance as possible, requesting the UCFL’s sanction for the fixture.

11/08/2019 19:01
Current position in relation to Covid-19
20/03/2020

Since our initial communication last week, suspending fixtures for approximately two weeks, it will have become obvious to all that a date for resumption of fixtures cannot be given until we see how events unfold in the coming days and weeks.

In the meantime, the UCFL Executive continue to monitor the situation and hope to address outstanding issues and consider feasible courses of action in the possible scenarios that may emerge. At this point, we would like to assure all our teams that we remain keen to complete the season when a resumption of action becomes possible.

We are also looking into ways of keeping our clubs and players informed on a regular basis, though obviously there may not be much new relevant information to be provided at particular times.

In the meantime, we trust all our members are keeping safe and behaving as requested by the health authorities seeking to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

20/03/2020 18:45
FAInet.ie Training Session – Aug 8
06/08/2019

As advised at the July Management meeting, the UCFL has arranged a training session for the online player registration system (FAInet.ie) on Thursday, August 8. It had originally been intended to hold two sessions on the night, but the proposed time for the earlier session was not convenient for most and it was therefore decided to hold just one session, which will begin at 7.30pm in FAI HQ in Abbotstown.

All clubs are encouraged to attend as it will be an opportunity to become more familiar with the system and also the working of the second season process which effectively amounts to extending the registration of existing players for another season. Those attending should bring a laptop.

Those who wish to attend should email the Registrar at bryan.flewett@ucfl.ie and let him know their intention to do so.

11/08/2019 19:04
New Season – Formation Meeting This Wednesday (July 17)
15/07/2019

The Formation Meeting for the 2019/20 season will take place this Wednesday, July 17, at 7.30pm in FAI HQ, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin 15. All clubs must be represented; fines will be imposed for non-attendance.

Please note that this meeting will be held on Wednesday rather than the usual Thursday, due to the unavailability of the conference room this Thursday evening. We do expect future management meetings to revert to Thursdays as usual after this week's meeting, with the next one scheduled for Thursday, August 22, ahead of the 2019/20 season kick-off on Saturday, August 24.

11/08/2019 19:06
Management meeting in Abbotstown this week

There will be a management meeting this Thursday, 07/02/2018 in FAI HQ, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin 15, beginning at 8.00pm. All clubs must be represented. Fines will be imposed for non-attendance.

This is the first meeting at the new venue in Abbotstown which follows the decision taken at the previous management meeting in December.

26/03/2019 17:44
Welcome to the United Churches Football League Website
27/03/2019 18:00
29/07/2019 10:21
United Churches Football League of Ireland
Office Address

League Office

Football Association of Ireland

Irish Sports Campus,

Snugborough Rd,

Blanchardstown,

Dublin 15

Contacting us:

Members of UCFL clubs who have a query in relation to the League should contact their own club secretaries in the first instance. If the club secretary is unable to resolve the query, the matter can then be directed to the relevant League committee member via the club secretary or other recognised club contact.

Queries should be directed to individual committee members as follows (email addresses for UCFL committee members take the form firstname.lastname@ucfl.ie):

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27/03/2019 17:57
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