FAI protocols regarding return to training protocols

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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From: Peter Doyle (leinsterfa@gmail.com)

Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2020 at 13:42

Subject: Clarifications and Updates

To: Peter Doyle (leinsterfa@gmail.com)


Hope all is well with everyone

Over the past few days I have received a lot of queries regarding return to football, criteria, etc and I felt it is better for me to try bring you all up to date rather than dealing with several individual queries

The Safe Return to Training document is just the first step on what is a full return to football in the coming months

Clubs who fulfil the criteria and send the signed checklist form back to the FAI are okay to return to training with a total of 15 people from Monday June 15th. This training is non-contact and is not a full on training session as we would be normally accustomed to. Basically, it is just a way of getting people back out on to pitches again and allowing players to interact in a safe environment

The dates provided by the FAI a few weeks back regarding a return to matches remains the same (August 10th for full training and August 28th for fixtures). As the Government announced that they were removing phase five from their pathway to reopening the country, it was naturally assumed by everyone that this would mean the playing dates from the FAI would also be brought forward. While this may happen and is being discussed in great detail at FAI, HSE and Government level, it has not happened yet so the August 10th/28th timeframe remains in place for the moment. The logical assumption is it will change but leagues and clubs cannot announce any league start / restart dates until they have been officially sanctioned (the reason I am being so clear on this is, I have seen on several club social media pages that football is returning in July and the reason for this email is to clarify that this has not been announced by the FAI)

Queries have been raised about the leagues who have decided not to complete the 2019-20 season and when can they start their new season. This too is under discussion and may change but once again until this is changed officially, it remains at October 16th

Once all the above becomes clearer, which I believe will be within the next week, the transfer and registration windows, which are currently frozen, will then be addressed and new dates will be sent out to the leagues

For leagues who do intend to apply to complete the 2019-20 season, please remember the deadline is noon on June 15th (Monday) but to give me time to check them and send them through, I would appreciate if they could be sent to me by 10am at latest

The Officers of the LFA met (by Zoom) on Monday evening and it is the intention of the Association to complete our LFA Junior Cup, Junior Shield, Youth Cup and Under Nineteen Cup. The LFA Over Thirty Five Cup and LFA Senior Cup have both been cancelled for the 2020 season

Once our 2019-20 competitions are complete, entries will open for the 2020-21 competition and will not start until all leagues have had an opportunity to enter. This will probably mean a late October kick off for our competitions.

I hope this email has not created more confusion that it has tried to clarify but the main message is, the dates sent out by the FAI remain in place until officially changed. I will keep you updated as quickly as possible as decisions are made

If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact me




Peter Doyle

Leinster Football Association

Provincial Administrator / General Secretary

Mobile:086 7700829

Fax: 01 8999331

Office: 01 8999330

Web: www.leinsterfa.ie

Leinster Football Association

FAI Headquarters

National Sports Campus


Dublin 15

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