22/12/2017: Christmas closedown; public pitches to re-open on different dates in New Year

With the public parks in Dublin closing for football over the Christmas break, last Saturday (Dec 16) saw the last games of 2017, with no fixtures taking place over the weekends of Dec 23 and Dec 30. It is intended to resume fixtures with matches on private grounds on Jan 6 and again on Jan 13. However, even teams which do not have private grounds should note that they could still have an away fixture against a team with a private ground on either or both of these dates.

Unfortunately, the various councils in the Dublin area do not appear to have agreed on synchronising their respective closed periods. We understand that Fingal County Council and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council pitches will re-open on Jan 20, Dublin City Council on Jan 27 and South Dublin County Council on Feb 3. The UCFL intends to return to full fixture lists from Jan 20, subject to restrictions caused by the different re-opening dates outlined above.

06/12/2017: December management meeting; Disciplinary hearings in DCM Hall this week

The December Management Meeting will be held this Thursday, 07/12/2017 in the Dublin Central Mission Hall, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1 at 8.00pm. All clubs to attend. Fines will be imposed for non attendance.

Please note that there will be a change of venue for this week’s disciplinary hearings. Usually, these take place in 1/2 Eden Quay, even on the evening of a management committee meeting, but this Thursday, the sub-committee will meet in the DCM Hall prior to the management meeting. Anyone who received a red card last weekend (Dec 2) and who wishes to appear, should do so between 7.15 p.m. and 7.45 p.m. in the DCM Hall. Those who have already been contacted by the Executive Committee, should attend as instructed.

29/11/2017: December/January transfer window re-opens on Friday (Dec 1)

The second transfer window of the season opens this coming Friday, Dec 1 when transfers of players between clubs can resume. This window will remain open until Jan 31. Note, however, that unattached players may continue to sign for a club at any time up to the end of March.

03/10/2017: October management meeting this Thursday; All clubs to be represented

The October management meeting will take place next Thursday night (05/10/2017) in the Dublin Central Mission Hall, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1, with an 8pm start. All clubs must be represented.

League fees are due for payment in full by Oct 1 each season; in practice, this will be taken as the date of this week’s meeting, 05/10/2017. The Treasurer asks that as many clubs as possible pay in advance of the meeting by direct transfer to the League’s bank account.

21/08/2017: August Management Meeting Thursday night

The August management meeting will go ahead this Thursday night (Aug 24) in the Dublin Central Mission Hall, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1, with an 8pm start. All clubs must be represented.

Clubs are reminded that completed player registration forms will be accepted by the Registrar at the meeting. The deadline for ensuring a player’s eligibility for the opening games on Saturday Aug 26 is Thursday of this week (Aug 24).

Also, entries (accompanied by the appropriate fee(s), split between FAI and LFA) for the FAI Junior Cup, the Leinster Junior Cup and the Leinster Junior Shield can be handed to the Hon Sec (or any committee member) for forwarding to the relevant body. Links to the 3 competition entry forms can be found in the Forms subsection (under the Forms/Procedures section. Note that the closing date for the FAI Junior Cup is Aug 28, while for the LFA competitions it is Sept1.

Clubs are asked to note the following:

(1)The UCFL has match footballs available at a price of €50 – please contact the Hon Sec, Paraic Treanor at paraic.treanor@ucfl.ie before the meeting.

(2)The Chairman will have a limited number of tickets for sale at the meeting for the forthcoming Republic of Ireland v Serbia World Cup qualifying match.

21/08/2017: Opening fixtures in Monday’s Herald

As previously advised, the opening fixtures of the new season will take place next Saturday, August 26. While the usual day for junior soccer coverage in the Herald is Tuesday, the fixtures for the opening weeks of the season will appear on Mondays and we will advise when they revert to Tuesdays in a few weeks time. Fixture details for next Saturday’s (Aug 26) opening games will therefore appear in today’s (Monday, Aug 21) edition.

20/07/2017: New season – Formation meeting and other notices

Preparations for the new season are continuing and club secretaries should take note of the following:

(1) Management meetings and player registration

The Formation Meeting for the 2017/18 season will be held at 8.00pm on Thursday, July 27 in the Dublin Central Mission Hall, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. All clubs must be represented. The allocation of teams to the various divisions may be available for announcement at that meeting, but that is yet to be decided. Player registration forms will also be available at the meeting (note that the cost this year has been increased to €5 per form).

The season itself will kick off on Saturday, August 26. There will be another management meeting just before that on Thursday, August 24 and this will be the last opportunity to return signed player registration forms before the season kicks off. However, clubs wishing to sort out their player registrations sooner can return forms to the Registrar, Bryan Flewett, or any member of the committee before then; forms can also be obtained before the July meeting by contacting the Registrar and arranging purchase.

(2) “Outside” competitions

In addition to the regular UCFL competitions, there are 3 “outside” 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. We will post more details on these competitions in a couple of weeks when the divisions for the coming season have become clearer.

The deadline for entering these competitions is usually towards the end of August with an entry fee of €25 and entry forms are expected to be available shortly. We will confirm the situation and make entry forms available on this website and/or circulate by email as soon as possible. Entries can be returned (with fee) at the UCFL August management meeting, or delivered directly to the FAI/LFA.

(3) Insurance, disciplinary and other procedures Clubs are also reminded to ensure that their public liability policies are up to date/ renewed before the start of the new season.

New clubs (and indeed existing clubs) should note the information concerning insurance and player registration under the Forms/Procedures section of this website.  Information on the League’s disciplinary procedures is also outlined while clubs may find some of the information under the