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Continuing cessation of football - update mid-November
21/11/2020

(Note that recent front page articles can be viewed under the News section of the website)

The following message was emailed to all club secretaries and main contacts this week (Nov 17):

With the continuing suspension of all adult football activity, the UCFL are of course monitoring the situation and note that the Government itself has not yet decided what restrictions to retain from the beginning of December.

At this point, we do not particularly expect that football matches will be allowed to resume immediately, but even if this is the case, we anticipate that most, if not all, teams will need at least a couple of weeks to train and prepare before re-starting competitive matches. To this end, it is the UCFL committee’s intention to contact each of our clubs to ascertain their state of preparedness ahead of the resumption. We intend to do this once we get a firmer indication of a likely date from when games will be permitted.

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21/11/2020 18:07
Reminder from FAI to observe Covid protocols
07/11/2020

The FAI have issued a reminder to all affiliated bodies of the protocols which must be followed under the continuing restrictions introduced with effect from 21/10/2020. The email, which was sent to us via the Leinster FA is set out below:

We are writing to you as the country settles into Level 5 restrictions to remind you of the protocols which we must adhere to under the current Government guidelines.

In particular, we would like to remind you of the following:

  • Players of a school-going age – under 19 as per FAI guidelines – can continue to train but only with the club they are registered with
  • All training must be outdoor, non-contact and in pods of 15 and in compliance with the FAI’s Safer Return to Training Protocol
  • Players are not allowed to train with any representative side outside their club team
  • FAI affiliated clubs are urged not to allow non-FAI affiliated academies use their facilities at this time
  • For underage training - players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel more than 5 kilometres to attend an organised session
  • For underage training - players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel outside their resident county to attend an organised training session
  • In accordance with Government Level 5 guidelines, training is not permitted for non-elite adult teams
  • All domestic adult and underage football matches remain in cessation
  • Complaints in respect of any breaches of protocols will be referred to the Disciplinary Control Unit of the FAI

We are all in this together, so we thank you for your continued co-operation.

All Leagues and Clubs are also reminded that we have a dedicated email address for COVID-19 related queries – covidchecklist@fai.ie

07/11/2020 21:58
Sandford-St Marys FC v Frankfort FC
07/03/20 11 am
Division 2 07/03 11:00
Sandford-St Marys FC 4 - 0 Frankfort FC
Match Photographs
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07/03/2020 16:27
FAI clarification of Level 5 restrictions
24/10/2020

All football activity for non-elite adult teams was effectively suspended with effect from midnight last Wednesday (Oct 21). This means that all UCFL teams, which all fall into this category, must cease organised training for the duration of the current Level 5 Government restrictions, which are scheduled to last until Dec 1.

The FAI confirmed this situation following clarification from the Government. Full details were posted on the FAI website on 21/10/2020 and can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

https://www.fai.ie/domestic/news/fai-update-on-level-5-guidelines-for-football

Further FAI/LFA updates will be posted as we receive them.

25/10/2020 01:35
Dynamo Ridgewood v VEC FC 2nds
Match postponed as both pitches unplayable.
07/12 10:00
Dynamo Ridgewood 1 - 1 VEC FC 2nds
25/10/2019 14:32
Divisions 2020/21 - revisions
15/10/2020

With several additional 2nd teams materialising towards the end of September, together with the suspension of games continuing indefinitely, the possibility of fixture congestion occurring in some of the lower divisions towards the end of the season has become an increasing concern. With that in mind, it has been decided to split the initial Divisions 3, 3A and 3B into four rather than three divisions.

However, all the opening games in season 2020/21 which took place on Sept 5 and Sept 12 involved teams which will remain in the same division after the split and the results of those games will therefore count as part of the revised structure. The new split is set out below:

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15/10/2020 16:43
Reminder from FAI to observe Covid protocols
07/11/2020

The FAI have issued a reminder to all affiliated bodies of the protocols which must be followed under the continuing restrictions introduced with effect from 21/10/2020. The email, which was sent to us via the Leinster FA is set out below:

We are writing to you as the country settles into Level 5 restrictions to remind you of the protocols which we must adhere to under the current Government guidelines.

In particular, we would like to remind you of the following:

  • Players of a school-going age – under 19 as per FAI guidelines – can continue to train but only with the club they are registered with
  • All training must be outdoor, non-contact and in pods of 15 and in compliance with the FAI’s Safer Return to Training Protocol
  • Players are not allowed to train with any representative side outside their club team
  • FAI affiliated clubs are urged not to allow non-FAI affiliated academies use their facilities at this time
  • For underage training - players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel more than 5 kilometres to attend an organised session
  • For underage training - players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel outside their resident county to attend an organised training session
  • In accordance with Government Level 5 guidelines, training is not permitted for non-elite adult teams
  • All domestic adult and underage football matches remain in cessation
  • Complaints in respect of any breaches of protocols will be referred to the Disciplinary Control Unit of the FAI

We are all in this together, so we thank you for your continued co-operation.

All Leagues and Clubs are also reminded that we have a dedicated email address for COVID-19 related queries – covidchecklist@fai.ie

07/11/2020 21:58
VEC FC 2nds v Drimnagh Celtic 2nds
18/10/2019 01:02
Collection of trophies and medals
10/10/2020

One of the many casualties of the Covid-19 pandemic was of course the annual UCFL Awards Night. We had been looking into the possibility of presenting the trophies and medals to the various competition winners at a low-key ceremony before the end of September, but this too became impossible with the re-introduction of tighter restrictions in recent weeks.

Instead, teams can now collect their trophies and medals (winners and runners-up) directly from MMI. Contact details have already been circulated via email to the teams involved - any winners or runners-up which have not received this email can contact John Fraser (john.fraser@ucfl.ie).

Similarly, if a convenient time cannot be agreed with MMI, teams should contact John Fraser to see if an alternative arrangement can be found.

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30/09/2020 13:11
Issues ongoing as games remain suspended
30/09/2020

The UCFL are in ongoing contact with the FAI via the Leinster FA in connection with the Covid-19 restrictions and like everyone else, we are hoping that our games can resume again in the near future.

In the meantime, we are continuing with our efforts to complete preparations for the 2020/21 season which of course had already begun for some of our teams before the current shutdown. A number of issues remain outstanding, mainly in some of the lower divisions, while the delay in beginning the season until mid-October at the earliest for the majority of our teams being an additional issue for consideration.

We are close to finalising the Secretaries Handbook for 2020/21 and we anticipate that this will shortly be circulated again for final checks before going to print.

30/09/2020 13:11
All UCFL games postponed as restrictions force cessation of football
18/09/2020

As expected, the Government this afternoon confirmed that measures to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus would see Level 3 restrictions applying to the Dublin area from midnight tonight (September 18).

In response, the FAI announced that, with exceptions for certain elite levels (SSE Airtricity League etc.), all football should cease from midnight tonight.

The UCFL were formally notified of this decision by the Leinster FA this evening and we therefore confirm that all UCFL games scheduled for tomorrow (and the coming weeks) are postponed.

The UCFL will seek to keep our clubs informed for the period of cessation and, along with everyone else, we will be hoping that games can resume again in a matter of weeks.

18/09/2020 23:54
Reminder from FAI to observe Covid protocols
07/11/2020

The FAI have issued a reminder to all affiliated bodies of the protocols which must be followed under the continuing restrictions introduced with effect from 21/10/2020. The email, which was sent to us via the Leinster FA is set out below:

We are writing to you as the country settles into Level 5 restrictions to remind you of the protocols which we must adhere to under the current Government guidelines.

In particular, we would like to remind you of the following:

  • Players of a school-going age – under 19 as per FAI guidelines – can continue to train but only with the club they are registered with
  • All training must be outdoor, non-contact and in pods of 15 and in compliance with the FAI’s Safer Return to Training Protocol
  • Players are not allowed to train with any representative side outside their club team
  • FAI affiliated clubs are urged not to allow non-FAI affiliated academies use their facilities at this time
  • For underage training - players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel more than 5 kilometres to attend an organised session
  • For underage training - players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel outside their resident county to attend an organised training session
  • In accordance with Government Level 5 guidelines, training is not permitted for non-elite adult teams
  • All domestic adult and underage football matches remain in cessation
  • Complaints in respect of any breaches of protocols will be referred to the Disciplinary Control Unit of the FAI

We are all in this together, so we thank you for your continued co-operation.

All Leagues and Clubs are also reminded that we have a dedicated email address for COVID-19 related queries – covidchecklist@fai.ie

07/11/2020 21:58
External Competitions - FAI Junior Cup, LFA Junior Cup, LFA Junior Shield
Updated 21/09/2020 - entries can be sent to Treasurer if received by Sept 23

(Note - as an alternative to submitting the entries directly, properly completed forms can instead be forwarded to the UCFL Treasurer, who will charge that club's UCFL account with the entry fee and forward all entries received with a single League cheque to cover all such entries. However, to avail of this facility, an entry must be with the Treasurer by Wednesday, September 23.)

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.

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16/09/2020 16:14
Robert Baxter received the Challenge Cup from UCFL Chairman Barney Blood
Cup Finals update – Tallaght win Challenge Cup as Ashwood pick up MMI
23/08/2020

The UCFL’s MMI and O’Neills.com Challenge Cup Finals were both successfully held on Saturday (22/08/2020).

In the opening match, for the MMI Cup, Ashwood, new to the UCFL this season, proved too strong for Castle Celtic 2nds, with an early goal from Stephen Bayliss giving them a lead they never relinquished. They eventually extended their lead 15 minutes from time through Nathan Killeen and, though Mark Healy pulled one back for Castle 5 minute later, Paul Tumulty wrapped it up for Ashwood in the final minutes.

Later in the day, Castle’s 1st team took to the pitch for the O’Neills.com Challenge Cup Final, facing Tallaght Utd., recently crowned winners of Division 1. After an evenly contested opening half hour, Tallaght went in front when Liam Woods scored direct from a corner, his kick eluding Dylan Cottuli with more than a little help from the swirling wind.

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23/08/2020 01:16
UCFL Cup Finals to be streamed live
21/08/2020

The O’Neills.com Challenge Cup Final, between Castle Celtic and Tallaght Utd. will be held tomorrow (Saturday, Aug 22) afternoon, kicking-off at 3.00pm on Home Farm’s pitch in Whitehall.

Normally, we would be asking all clubs in the UCFL to encourage their members to attend and we would also be reminding them of their allocations of prepaid tickets. However, nobody will be surprised to learn that in view of the unprecendented circumstances prevailing, we were having to control the numbers attending even before the further tightening of guidelines in the last few days which have forced us to abandon plans to admit any spectators at all.

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21/08/2020 14:24
League set to resume tomorrow
17/07/2020

With competitive football set to resume this weekend, the UCFL would like to remind all our teams of the FAI guidelines and protocols relating to this resumption of activities. When following these protocols we would ask teams to keep in mind their objectives, the major one being to ensure that the transmission of the SARS-CoV2 virus is kept to the minimum possible and that all reasonable precautions are taken and unnecessary risks are avoided.

The FAI have issued guidance at regular intervals in recent weeks and months. Ahead of this weekend’s return to action, we would draw your attention to their most recent comments, issued yesterday (July 16) and the associated release of their latest protocols concerning referees and club Compliance Officers. The comments can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

FAI launch referee and compliance officer protocols

The matchday protocol for referees can be accessed at the following link:

Grassroots Referees Match day Protocol

The link to the Compliance Officer role and responsibilities document is as follows:

Compliance Officer Role and Responsibilities

17/07/2020 16:35
Reminder from FAI to observe Covid protocols
07/11/2020

The FAI have issued a reminder to all affiliated bodies of the protocols which must be followed under the continuing restrictions introduced with effect from 21/10/2020. The email, which was sent to us via the Leinster FA is set out below:

We are writing to you as the country settles into Level 5 restrictions to remind you of the protocols which we must adhere to under the current Government guidelines.

In particular, we would like to remind you of the following:

  • Players of a school-going age – under 19 as per FAI guidelines – can continue to train but only with the club they are registered with
  • All training must be outdoor, non-contact and in pods of 15 and in compliance with the FAI’s Safer Return to Training Protocol
  • Players are not allowed to train with any representative side outside their club team
  • FAI affiliated clubs are urged not to allow non-FAI affiliated academies use their facilities at this time
  • For underage training - players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel more than 5 kilometres to attend an organised session
  • For underage training - players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel outside their resident county to attend an organised training session
  • In accordance with Government Level 5 guidelines, training is not permitted for non-elite adult teams
  • All domestic adult and underage football matches remain in cessation
  • Complaints in respect of any breaches of protocols will be referred to the Disciplinary Control Unit of the FAI

We are all in this together, so we thank you for your continued co-operation.

All Leagues and Clubs are also reminded that we have a dedicated email address for COVID-19 related queries – covidchecklist@fai.ie

07/11/2020 21:58
FAI moves from Cessation to Kick-off
20/06/2020

The UCFL have received confirmation from the Leinster FA that their request for permission to resume and complete season 2019/20 has been approved.

Separately, in further good news, a press release last evening from the FAI, following on from earlier Government announcements, has authorised a resumption of full-contact training from June 29 and training games from July 11, with competitive games permitted to resume from July 18.

The UCFL can confirm that work has begun on preparing schedules of fixtures for the revised period within which we understand the season must now be completed, i.e. from July 18 to Sept 14. All teams are asked to proceed on the assumption that the first competitive games will take place on the weekend of 18/07/2020.

The full FAI press release can be viewed by clicking the following link:

FAI moves from Cessation to Kick-off

20/06/2020 22:09
FAI protocols regarding return to training protocols
15/06/2020

In a Press Release last Monday evening (June 8), the FAI launched a Safer Return to Training Protocol and associated documentation for all amateur and underage football ahead of a return to training which can begin from today, June 15 onwards.

On Thursday, (June 11), the Leinster FA circulated an email addressing various queries which had arisen in response to the original FAI documentation.

Last Monday's press release from the FAI can be viewed at the following link:

Press Release FAI safer return to training protocol

Note that the associated documentation can be accessed by a link near the end of the press release above.

The subsequent email from the Leinster FA's Provincial Administrator/ General Secretary, Peter Doyle, is as follows:

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15/06/2020 00:27
UCFL awaiting further information and clarification from FAI
7 June 2020

Like everyone else, the UCFL are very aware of statements released by the Government on Friday and in turn by the FAI over the following 24 hours, in relation to the implications for the resumption of football activities.

Our initial reaction is that there are quite a number of issues which will need clarification before we can understand the requirements and possible changes to previous timetables. Further information will be available from the FAI tomorrow (June 8), though we do not anticipate that this will provide answers to all the questions currently arising.

The UCFL Executive will be meeting on Thursday night (June 11), when all issues will be considered and we will issue further communication after that, if not before.

07/06/2020 23:03
Teams reminded to submit application forms for 2020/21
4 June 2020

While the UCFL continue to work on the assumption that the 2019/20 will be completed between late August and mid October, attention is also being given to preparations for next season 2020/21. To this end, all teams are encouraged to submit their application form for next season to facilitate this. The main application form, for online submission, is available at the following link:

Team Registration

Given that season 2020/21 is not now expected to start prior to mid-October, the 05 June 2020 date for submission of applications will not be treated as a rigid deadline. Nonetheless, we are asking teams to get their applications in as soon as possible, noting that where information is not yet certain (e.g. main contacts, pitch etc.), this can be supplied or changed at a later date.

04/06/2020 12:49
Reminder from FAI to observe Covid protocols
07/11/2020

The FAI have issued a reminder to all affiliated bodies of the protocols which must be followed under the continuing restrictions introduced with effect from 21/10/2020. The email, which was sent to us via the Leinster FA is set out below:

We are writing to you as the country settles into Level 5 restrictions to remind you of the protocols which we must adhere to under the current Government guidelines.

In particular, we would like to remind you of the following:

  • Players of a school-going age – under 19 as per FAI guidelines – can continue to train but only with the club they are registered with
  • All training must be outdoor, non-contact and in pods of 15 and in compliance with the FAI’s Safer Return to Training Protocol
  • Players are not allowed to train with any representative side outside their club team
  • FAI affiliated clubs are urged not to allow non-FAI affiliated academies use their facilities at this time
  • For underage training - players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel more than 5 kilometres to attend an organised session
  • For underage training - players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel outside their resident county to attend an organised training session
  • In accordance with Government Level 5 guidelines, training is not permitted for non-elite adult teams
  • All domestic adult and underage football matches remain in cessation
  • Complaints in respect of any breaches of protocols will be referred to the Disciplinary Control Unit of the FAI

We are all in this together, so we thank you for your continued co-operation.

All Leagues and Clubs are also reminded that we have a dedicated email address for COVID-19 related queries – covidchecklist@fai.ie

07/11/2020 21:58
Continuing cessation of football - update mid-November
21/11/2020

(Note that recent front page articles can be viewed under the News section of the website)

The following message was emailed to all club secretaries and main contacts this week (Nov 17):

With the continuing suspension of all adult football activity, the UCFL are of course monitoring the situation and note that the Government itself has not yet decided what restrictions to retain from the beginning of December.

At this point, we do not particularly expect that football matches will be allowed to resume immediately, but even if this is the case, we anticipate that most, if not all, teams will need at least a couple of weeks to train and prepare before re-starting competitive matches. To this end, it is the UCFL committee’s intention to contact each of our clubs to ascertain their state of preparedness ahead of the resumption. We intend to do this once we get a firmer indication of a likely date from when games will be permitted.

A number of issues have been raised in recent weeks, including the possibility that the public parks might stay open for football over the period of the usual Christmas/ New Year closedown, though with so much uncertainty prevailing, this currently seems unlikely to affect much more than a weekend or two in the middle of January. In addition, we fully expect that the season will have to be extended beyond the end of May. At the moment, we believe the Leinster FA are addressing these questions with the relevant authorities (to the extent that they can) and we anticipate communication from them in the coming days.

Finally, as of now, it is the League’s wish to see all of our usual competitions take place. The divisions, as announced in October, largely feature 10 team divisions, which is usually regarded as fewer than the optimum, but in the current circumstances it seems more likely to prove a distinct advantage.

21/11/2020 18:07
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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