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.

As most amateur football participants will have noted, the FAI subsequently issued a statement last Thursday, 14/05/2020. In relation to amateur football, the FAI are saying that if the 2019/20 season is to be completed, this must happen between Aug 28 and (before) Oct 16. If this is not possible, the 2019/20 season will be abandoned. The 2020/21 season will not begin before Oct 16. While these timelines represent a change from those mentioned in the earlier survey, we suspect that they are not sufficiently different to produce a different view at this stage; we would encourage teams to let us know if this assumption is inaccurate.
Therefore, as of now, the UCFL remain committed to completing the 2019/20 season, between Aug 28 and Oct 16, with the 2020/21 season to begin shortly after the latter date. Please note that all dates are subject to change depending on changing circumstances!
We can also confirm that the AGM, which had been scheduled for May 28, has been deferred and an alternative date will be arranged and announced in due course.
The full FAI statement can be accessed at the following link:
https://www.fai.ie/domestic/news/fai-announce-pathway-for-a-safer-return-to-football
The main section of relevance to amateur football is set out below. The date of Aug 10 for a return to full collective training should be noted in addition to the dates mentioned above (Aug 28 and Oct 16).
WOMEN’S NATIONAL LEAGUE, ADULT AMATEUR, UNDERAGE AND ALL OTHER AFFILIATED FOOTBALL

All clubs are advised not to facilitate any organized training, including in groups of up to four, under Phase One of the Government’s Roadmap For Reopening Society and Business.
The FAI Steering Group will monitor the pilot programme for the four invited SSE Airtricity League clubs, to be launched on June 8th, and will use all information gathered in the preparation of a protocol document for a return for all adult amateur and underage football.
The cessation of all football activities under the jurisdiction of the FAI is extended to July 20th for all affiliates, with the exception of SSE Airtricity League clubs and UEFA Women’s Champions League representatives, Peamount United.
A decision on Peamount United’s return to training will be made once dates are known for the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
Under Phase Four of the Government’s Roadmap For Reopening Society and Business, all adult amateur and underage clubs can begin their return to training programmes from July 20, subject to FAI protocols to be agreed with Government agencies.
Under Phase Five of the Government’s Roadmap For Reopening Society and Business, all adult amateur and underage clubs can return to full collective training from August 10.
All adult amateur and underage clubs can return to playing from August 28.
A pilot tournament for the Women’s National League, including Peamount United, will be launched once dates are known for the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
A pilot programme for adult amateur and underage football will be launched on August 14 and run until August 28.
Regional, provincial and national competitions in season 2019/20 can return from August 28 with FAI approval.
Winter Leagues wishing to complete their 2019/20 season will be given the option of applying to the FAI, via their affiliates, for an extension to their season until October 11.
Applications from Winter Leagues looking to complete the 2019/20 season must be made to the FAI by June 15 with details to be forwarded to affiliates from the Steering Group by May 22.
Winter Leagues not wishing to complete their 2019/20 season can start their new 2020/21 season on October 16. 2020 Summer Leagues can return on August 28 and will be provided with support to create a shortened schedule to run up to December 13.
All decisions around a return to collective training and playing for all adult amateur and underage football, will be based on the health and safety of all players, coaches, match officials, administrators and club volunteers.
All decisions will be subject to change on the advice of Government agencies, UEFA and the FAI Medical Team, led by Medical Director Dr Alan Byrne.

20/05/2020 13:48