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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
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
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
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
Division 1
Ashwood FC 6 - 1 Arthur Griffith Park FC 2nds 12/9
Ashwood FC take spoils against Arthur Griffith Park FC 2nds.
Ashwood FC comprehensively won 6-1 against their visitors, Arthur Griffith Park FC 2nds at Corkagh Park at 12 pm

Both teams have already played a single game.

25/09/2020 00:28
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
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
Division 1
St. Mary's Boys 3 - 1 Atletico Malahide 12/9
St. Mary's Boys claim victory against Atletico Malahide.
St. Mary's Boys won 3-1 against their visitors, Atletico Malahide at Moreen Park, Sandyford at 11:30 am

St. Mary's Boys
Form: W L

Atletico Malahide has yet to win in this competition.
Form: L

25/09/2020 00:28
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
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
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
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
VEC FC 2nds v Drimnagh Celtic 2nds
18/10/2019 01:02
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
FAI statement – UCFL response (May 19)
20/05/2020

Following the statement from the FAI on Thursday (May 14), the UCFL Executive Committee issued the following response in an email dated 19/05/2020 to all club secretaries:

The UCFL would like to thank all of our clubs for their quick responses to the survey which was carried out 10 days ago in relation to re-starting football. The impression received was that teams generally would be keen to complete the 2019/20 season over a 6 to 7 week period, beginning on July 20.

This and other relevant information from the survey was communicated to the Leinster FA, which in turn made a submission to the FAI based on this and similar responses from other affiliated Leagues.

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20/05/2020 13:48
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
Update - April 25
25/04/2020

A further update was issued by the UCFL Hon Sec in an email to all club secretaries on Wednesday (April 22):

The UCFL Executive Committee met again last Thursday (April 16) evening.

We mentioned previously that, at our meeting on Mar 26, we had discussed possible scenarios depending on the restart date. With the extension to May 5 of the measures to combat the Covid-19 virus, the only concrete development has been the ruling out of some of the more optimistic scenarios. However, the committee continue to consider various possibilities and remain committed to completing the season.

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25/04/2020 12:44
Update - April 10
11/04/2020

The message below was emailed to all club secretaries on Thursday (April 10)

With no new information emerging since our most recent communication on March 31, the UCFL Executive Committee intend to meet (via tele/video conference) again next Thursday, April 16. At this point, we do not expect to be any wiser regarding a possible date for resumption of football activities, but we hope to address a number of less urgent ongoing issues, along with reviewing the current situation.

At this stage of the season, we often encourage teams to think about preparations for the following season, though this is usually difficult while the season is reaching its busiest point. However, given the circumstances this year, teams may well be in a position to take advantage of the enforced break and devote some time to preparing for next season.

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11/04/2020 13:25
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 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
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
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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