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24/05/2022: UCFL AGM tonight

This season’s AGM will be held at 8.00pm tonight, Tuesday, 24 May 2022. It will be held “in-person” in the DCM Hall, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. Note that, as usual, all teams must be represented and that fines will be imposed for non-attendance.

Given that the room we will be using for the meeting will not be particularly large and also that more than a few likely to be in attendance may be in the “vulnerable” category in the context of Covid-19, we are asking everyone to wear a face mask.

Venue details:

Abbey Street Methodist Church

(01) 874 4668

DCM Hall

On entering the building, club representatives should take the stairs and the meeting hall is located at the top of the second flight of stairs.

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31/01/2022 01:17
07/02/2022: UCFL President
Death of David Blood

The UCFL has learned with regret of the death of our President, David Blood, earlier this morning (07/02/2022). David, who was very closely involved with the UCFL for many decades, serving the League in various capacities as player and administrator, including many years as Chairman, was also very well known in wider football circles across Leinster and nationally, eventually rising to the position of President of the FAI during the years 2005-2010. He was also a brother of current UCFL Chairman, Barney Blood and we extend our sympathies to Barney and to all of David’s family at this time.

Further details will follow in due course

12/02/2022 21:03
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
Season 2021/22 – message from the UCFL Hon Sec
17/08/2021
Now that most of our extended football family have blown away the cobwebs by competing in the very rewarding pre-season tournament just finished, we must all re-set and focus on the new season which starts on Saturday 21st August 2021. This entails a return to the regular structures that has underpinned the League for many seasons. I will elaborate on all these good habits for the benefit of all our new teams and indeed restate them for our existing teams.
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17/08/2021 16:27
Ballyowen Celtic v Beech Park FC U.20's
GROUP 4A 07/07 19:00
Ballyowen Celtic 0 - 0 Beech Park FC U.20's

Great game of ball .

Very even match

Very enjoyable to watch

Ballyowen Celtic won the penalty

Shootout 5 - 3

Keith Maguire with the winning spot kick for

Ballyowen Celtic .

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07/07/2021 21:36
Season 2021/22 kick-off Aug 21; FAI Junior Cup 2021/22 – entry deadline extended to Aug 9
04/08/2021

(Update 06/08/2021: Please note that the Aug 6 deadline for entering the FAI Junior Cup has been extended by 3 days to Monday, Aug 9)

Following completion of the group stages of our pre-season tournament last Wednesday night (July 28), all teams not involved in the tournament finals will be turning their full attentions to the kick-off of the season proper. For the UCFL, this will be Saturday, August 21. We again remind teams of the importance of ensuring their player registrations are fully sorted out and up to date in advance of the kick-off. We hope to confirm the Divisions for the coming season in the near future.

(02/08/2021): FAI Junior Cup 2021/22 (Centenary competition) – entry deadline Aug 6

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02/08/2021 01:34
07/02/2022: UCFL President
Death of David Blood

The UCFL has learned with regret of the death of our President, David Blood, earlier this morning (07/02/2022). David, who was very closely involved with the UCFL for many decades, serving the League in various capacities as player and administrator, including many years as Chairman, was also very well known in wider football circles across Leinster and nationally, eventually rising to the position of President of the FAI during the years 2005-2010. He was also a brother of current UCFL Chairman, Barney Blood and we extend our sympathies to Barney and to all of David’s family at this time.

Further details will follow in due course

12/02/2022 21:03
Castle Celtic FC 2nds v Beech Park FC U.20's
Penalties
GROUP 4A 30/06 19:00
Castle Celtic FC 2nds 0 - 0 Beech Park FC U.20's
Beech park won 4-3 on penalties
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30/06/2021 22:21
Use of Match Reports section
12/07/2021

Our website has an area (“Match Reports”) for input of short match reports which we felt would be of general interest to many of our teams and would enhance the usefulness of the website as a source of information. To this end, we allowed our clubs direct access to enter such information themselves, with an understanding that no comments of a critical or derogatory nature would be made.

The committee was informed of some allegations relating to a particular match last Saturday and we are investigating these allegations under our standard disciplinary procedures.

Unfortunately, they were also inadvertently entered into the match reports section of our website. We have removed them now and we are also removing access to this section until further notice pending a review of how it should be used in future.

12/07/2021 21:14
Astars v Castle Celtic FC 2nds
GROUP 4A 26/06 13:30
Astars 5 - 4 Castle Celtic FC 2nds
Tough game, first half ended 2-2, Astars pulled away 5-2, got complacent, ended 5-4
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26/06/2021 16:11
Procedures required for approval of friendly matches
11/07/2021

Teams often arrange friendly games at this time of year and are responsible for all aspects of the game’s organisation, among them finding a referee. However, they should obtain approval for these games beforehand for several reasons, not least because referees will need it in place for insurance purposes.

Set out below is a reminder of the procedures which should be followed in order to obtain approval for a friendly game:

1. The organising club should request permission to hold the friendly from its own League via the League Hon Sec giving details of the proposed match i.e. opposition, pitch and date. If any of these details change then a new permission must be sought.

2. The Hon Sec will then confirm the sanction of the stated fixture by email to the organising club, which should in turn make this authentication available for inspection by the referee. Our referees will be advised of our procedures.

3. The organising club should be a current member of the league and ensure that both clubs have the necessary public liability insurance in place.

11/07/2021 19:30
07/02/2022: UCFL President
Death of David Blood

The UCFL has learned with regret of the death of our President, David Blood, earlier this morning (07/02/2022). David, who was very closely involved with the UCFL for many decades, serving the League in various capacities as player and administrator, including many years as Chairman, was also very well known in wider football circles across Leinster and nationally, eventually rising to the position of President of the FAI during the years 2005-2010. He was also a brother of current UCFL Chairman, Barney Blood and we extend our sympathies to Barney and to all of David’s family at this time.

Further details will follow in due course

12/02/2022 21:03
Harding IF FC 2nds v Beech Park FC
GROUP 1A 26/06 14:00
Harding IF FC 2nds 2 - 2 Beech Park FC
Beech park won 4-2 on penos
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26/06/2021 15:42
Pre-season tournament - update
04/07/2021

With another round of games successfully completed on the first Saturday in July, the UCFL can state that we are very pleased with progress since the pre-season tournament kicked off on June 9. We hope all participating teams continue to enjoy the competition in the spirit of good communication and co operation displayed to date.

As most of you will be aware, we are targetting July 28 as the date for completion of all group stage games, with finals scheduled for August 7. Given this timeframe, it may not be possible to re-schedule games, especially as availability of referees may be an additional factor limiting our flexibility. We would ask that teams bear this in mind when preparing for games throughout the rest of July.

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04/07/2021 21:45
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 Referee Beginner Courses in July
28/06/2021

The FAI referees department have added two courses for training new referees. The UCFL encourages anyone interested in taking up refereeing to consider signing up for one of these courses.

FAI Referee Beginner Course – 6th/7th/8th July

FAI Referee Beginner Course – 20th/21st/22nd July

28/06/2021 13:35
07/02/2022: UCFL President
Death of David Blood

The UCFL has learned with regret of the death of our President, David Blood, earlier this morning (07/02/2022). David, who was very closely involved with the UCFL for many decades, serving the League in various capacities as player and administrator, including many years as Chairman, was also very well known in wider football circles across Leinster and nationally, eventually rising to the position of President of the FAI during the years 2005-2010. He was also a brother of current UCFL Chairman, Barney Blood and we extend our sympathies to Barney and to all of David’s family at this time.

Further details will follow in due course

12/02/2022 21:03
VEC FC 2nds v Drimnagh Celtic 2nds
18/10/2019 01:02
2021 pre-season tournament - Rules and Procedures
06/06/2021 (updated 09/06/2021)

[Update 09/06/2021: Ahead of tonight's kick-off, we would like to draw everyone's attention to Rule 4, permitting roll-on/ roll-off substitutions and Rule 7, which directs that a penalty shootout must take place after each drawn game, with the winner of the shootout being awarded an extra point in the Group competition (so the shootout winner receives two points in total for the game, with the shootout loser receiving one point for the draw in 90 minutes).]

With our pre-season tournament fast approaching, we would remind any participating teams which have not yet done so, to email the UCFL Hon Sec Paraic Treanor (paraic.treanor@ucfl.ie) confirming their wish to enter the tournament. Please do this now!

Tournament Rules & Procedures:

The committee have agreed a set of Rules governing the tournament and these can be viewed by clicking on the following link: 2021-22 Pre-Season Tournament Rules.

In addition, we would like to remind all teams, especially new teams, of the standard procedures ahead of each match:

The home team must contact the opposition and referee to ensure all is in order, give directions, check colours and any other items which may be relevant. Contact details can be found at the following links:

Teams: UCFL - Club Contact Details 2021/2022 (Based on information available to 05/06/2021)

Referees: Referees UCFL

A full fixture list has already been circulated to all clubs; any future alterations to these (e.g. kick-off times and referees for fixtures after June 16) will be advised in fixture updates which we intend to issue weekly during the tournament.

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09/06/2021 14:03
2021/22 pre-season tournament - opening fixtures
01/06/2021: Team registration emphasised ahead of tournament kick-off

Clubs are reminded that team applications for membership of the UCFL should be submitted as soon as possible. This is particularly important for teams intending to participate in the pre-season tournament, which is due to kick-off next week.

Registration of each team should be completed via the online team registration form available on this website at the following link:

UCFL online registration

In relation to the tournament itself, the groups and draft fixtures list were circulated to all clubs over the weekend. Fixtures will begin in 8 days time, on Wednesday, June and it is hoped to complete the group stages by July 28, leaving just a few play-off games between the various group/ section winners to take place after that.

The opening two rounds of fixtures are set out below:

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01/06/2021 13:07
Team Registration for season 2021/22
10/05/2021

With the end of the standard season on May 31 approaching, thoughts are now turning towards next season 2021/22. While the LFA have not yet confirmed their position regarding a possible extension of 2020/21 beyond May31, the UCFL are proceeding on the basis that 2020/21 will be abandoned.

Therefore, we are now asking all teams to begin preparations for next season 2021/22 immediately, beginning with team registration, before making arrangements to ensure their players can be registered once player registration for 2021/22 opens on June 1.

Registration of each team should be completed via the online team registration form available on this website at the following link:

UCFL online registration

Note that clubs with more than one team should, as usual, submit a separate application for each team.

Finally, please note that the registration form is also available in excel and pdf formats, though the online option is our preferred method.

10/05/2021 13:29
07/02/2022: UCFL President
Death of David Blood

The UCFL has learned with regret of the death of our President, David Blood, earlier this morning (07/02/2022). David, who was very closely involved with the UCFL for many decades, serving the League in various capacities as player and administrator, including many years as Chairman, was also very well known in wider football circles across Leinster and nationally, eventually rising to the position of President of the FAI during the years 2005-2010. He was also a brother of current UCFL Chairman, Barney Blood and we extend our sympathies to Barney and to all of David’s family at this time.

Further details will follow in due course

12/02/2022 21:03
UCFL seek potential new referees
15/11/2021: Clubs asked to assist efforts to increase number of referees

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As most clubs will be aware, the shortage of available referees has been creating considerable difficulties across all levels of junior football in recent times, with the problems becoming particularly acute since football resumed after the Covid-19 enforced closedowns.

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15/11/2021 17:34
15/01/2022 14:39
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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