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1343302/09/1908/09/1912UCFL - club contact details 2019/20[b]Arthur Griffith Park FC[/b] Team Arthur Griffith Park FC 1sts Honorary Secretary Allan O'Kearney Phone 086-6000329 Ground Esker Drive, Griffeen Valley Park, Lucan Sharing with Colours home: Black; (away: Orange) Pitch Authority SDCC Other Contacts Jonathan Spollen, tel: 087-2666474; Derek Dwyer, tel: 086-0837475 Email Website Last Updated 22/8/2019
1307418/08/1918/08/193Volunteer in Sport Awards of Irish Sport.png[b]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.[/b]  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
1307317/08/1917/08/193External Competitions18/08/2019 - LFA.jpgIn 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:
1305811/08/1911/08/193New Season – Formation Meeting This Wednesday (July 17)15/07/2019 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.
1305711/08/1911/08/ Training Session – Aug 806/08/2019 advised at the July Management meeting, the UCFL has arranged a training session for the online player registration system ( 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 and let him know their intention to do so.
1305611/08/1911/08/193Sanctioning Of Friendly Games07/08/2019 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: 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 (, as far in advance as possible, requesting the UCFL’s sanction for the fixture.
1189528/03/1928/03/1910Injured Players Fund Rules
1189428/03/1928/03/1910UCFL Rules
1189228/03/1928/03/1912UCFL Sidney Bedlow Cup Roll of Honour
1188928/03/1928/03/1912Richard Knight Cup
1188828/03/1928/03/1912Hely / Reynolds / MMI Cup Roll of Honour
1188728/03/1928/03/1912CupsUCFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour
1188528/03/1928/03/1912Carlow 2-1 UCFL25/11/2018The UCFL representative team lost out narrowly to 2017-18 winners, the Carlow & District League in their second game in the Oscar Traynor competition on Saturday (24/11/2018). In the end, Carlow were deserving winners as they enjoyed slightly more possession in their opponents’ half and created more chances overall, but the UCFL displayed excellent organisation throughout, threatening frequently and remained well in the game right to the end. The opening 20 minutes were evenly contested, with Ayuba Salaudeen in particular enjoying some moments of prominence on his first start for the UCFL team. The first chance of note fell to Carlow on 10 minutes when Mark Davis cut in from the right and shot over from 25 yards, but the UCFL had a better opportunity after 17 minutes when Conor Blaine played a brilliant ball over the Carlow defence only for Sam Jackson to fire hastily over.
1188328/03/1928/03/1912Defence Forces 2-1 UCFL20/12/2018 - Oscar Traynor campaign ends with defeat to group winners The UCFL concluded their 2018-19 Oscar Traynor campaign with a 1-2 defeat to the Defence Forces on Wednesday (19/12/2018) night. Despite the defeat, the UCFL team produced a fine performance against the best team in a difficult group on the Crumlin Utd astroturf, competing well throughout the game, with a number of players particularly prominent. Mick Kinsella, who missed the Carlow game through suspension and Dani Gonzalez were both outstanding in midfield, while Aidan Hyland’s return made a big difference upfront. Despite a bright and fast-paced start, there were few chances in the opening 20 minutes, with attacking moves breaking down for both sides. However, that changed when the Defence Forces’ Jody Dillon slipped his marker on 18 minutes before attempting to round Austin Hannon, but the UCFL goalkeeper got down quickly to thwart the danger.
1188128/03/1928/03/1912Noel Fitzroy elected FAI Vice-President20/08/2018The UCFL were pleased to hear that, as expected, our Fixtures Secretary, Noel Fitzroy, was elected as Vice-President of the FAI at its AGM on Saturday (Aug 18), joining the 11-member Board of the FAI in the process. The UCFL wishes to congratulate Noel on his elevation to this position, following several years as Chairman of the FAI Junior Council and of course many years of service on the Executive Committee of the UCFL. Photograph shows UCFL Hon Sec and fellow FAI Board member, Paraic Treanor (right), welcoming Noel onto the Board at the FAI’s AGM following Noel’s election as Vice-President on Saturday
1187928/03/1928/03/1912FAI Referees Fees & Expenses 2018-2021New Agreement Effective Aug 1 new schedule of fees for match officials came into force with effect from 1 August, 2018 following an agreement between the Irish Soccer Referees Society and the FAI Domestic Committee. This new agreement will run from 01/08/2018 to 31/12/2021 The main elements of interest to clubs competing in the UCFL are as follows: Premier Division (League & Shield) Official Fee Travel Expenses Total Referee €37 €18 €55 Assistant Referee/ 4th official €18 €18.50 €36.50 So for a 3-official team, total cost would be €55 + €36.50x2 = €128
1187827/03/1927/03/191Welcome to the United Churches Football League Website
1187627/03/1924/07/191United Churches Football League of IrelandOffice Address53.3952912, -6.356092League 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
1187527/03/1927/03/1912Application FormUCFL Team Application 2019/20 Form.jpgEach team wishing to compete in the UCFL, whether new or continuing, must apply by either filling in and submitting the form below, or, alternatively, by downloading and filling in the form available under the Forms/Procedures Forms sub-section: - Entries should be submitted on or before the closing date of June 8, 2019. - Entries will only be accepted if this form is completed in full; the entry deposit of €100 per club should also be sent simultaneously by one of the following options: (1) by cheque (payable to “United Churches Football League”), please post to: Paraic Treanor, Hon Gen Secretary, UCFL, 9 Weston Crescent, Lucan, Co. Dublin OR (2) by an automated payment direct to the League's bank account. Relevant details are: Sorting Code: 93-32-95 Account Number: 14053082; (IBAN: IE58 AIBK 9332 9514 0530 82 (BIC: AIBKIE2D)) PLEASE ENSURE YOU DETAIL YOUR CLUB NAME IN THE NARRATIVE BOX
1187427/03/1924/07/1912Contact Us Us.jpgUnited Churches Football League of Ireland 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
1187327/03/1927/03/1912Membership wishing to enter a team in the UCFL should fill out an application form (see Forms section, or, alternatively, an online submission form under Application Form section on this website) and post it to the league secretary as directed on the form. This should be done prior to June 7 of the year in which membership is sought. The next step in the process involves representatives of the club meeting the UCFL Executive Committee for interview to ensure that the club understands all the requirements for membership and that it has the capacity to fulfill those requirements. Among the requirements are the following:
1187227/03/1927/03/1912HistoryOrigins: United Churches Football League was founded in 1949, but its origins can be traced back over two decades earlier to the early 1920s when an organisation was formed by past members of the Boys Brigade which was known as the Old Boys Union (O.B.U.). One of the Union's strongest branches was its football section which was affiliated to the F.A.I. and the Leinster F.A. It was regarded by football legislators of those days as being of a high standard – 8th O.B.U. (St. Pauls) reached the semi-finals of the Leinster Junior Cup on two occasions, and in 1933 the 7th O.B.U. (North Strand) won the Leinster Junior Shield. To be a member of a team in the O.B.U. League one had to be a past member of the Boys Brigade and as the years went on this created many difficulties. In 1938 there were only eight teams in the O.B.U. league and the following year with the start of World War II, numbers went further down. A change was made in the rules to enable teams from parishes which had no Boys Brigade to take part. Unfortunately, the change came about too late and despite great efforts by the committee in control it ceased to exist in 1943.
1187127/03/1927/03/1912About UCFLFounded in 1948, the UCFL is one of a number of amateur soccer leagues operating in the Dublin area. It is one of the main leagues in the city for Saturday soccer, on which it concentrates exclusively. Fixtures are also sometimes set for midweek evenings (Mondays and Wednesdays) at the start of the season in August and as the end of the season approaches in April and May. It is usually necessary to do this due to the postponements which inevitably occur due to bad weather during the winter months. The membership of the UCFL currently (season 2008/09) consists of 86 teams from 68 separate clubs, split into 8 separate divisions. Some of these clubs also run teams participating in one or more of the other leagues in Dublin. In addition to the divisional leagues referred to above, the UCFL also runs 4 knockout Cup competitions together with 8 Shield competitions,1 for each of the 8 divisions. Further details on all these competitions can be found elsewhere on this site.
1186426/03/1926/03/193Management meeting in Abbotstown this week 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.
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