03/04/2017: Management meeting this Thursday; 2016 winners asked to return trophies
The April Management Meeting will take place this Thursday, April 6, in the Dublin Central Mission Hall, Lower Abbey Street, beginning at 8pm. All clubs are required to be in attendance. Minutes of the February Management Meeting have already been forwarded to club secretaries and contacts.
Clubs who won trophies last season, are asked to liaise with John Fraser as soon as possible for their immediate return, ideally at Thursday’s meeting.
14/03/2017: Herald switches fixtures to Tuesdays
As all clubs will hopefully have already noticed, the Herald has finally reverted to printing the UCFL fixtures each Tuesday. As explained previously, they were appearing on Mondays throughout January and February during the close season for the schoolboy leagues, which have now switched to a calendar year season.
As also previously notified, there will be a full fixture list scheduled for next Saturday, March 18, so please check for your fixture in today’s (Tuesday) Herald.
28/02/2017: Reminder – NO management meeting this Thursday; other notes
Club secretaries should note that, as in recent seasons, there will be no management meeting in March. The next management meeting will take place on Thursday, April 6.
St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, falls on a Friday this year, but there will be a full schedule of fixtures set for the following day, Saturday, March 18.
It is intended to commence midweek fixtures on Wednesday, March 29.
The player transfer window closed on January 31. However, unattached players (i.e. those who did not sign for any club at any stage during the current season to date) can continue to be signed until March 31.
31/01/2017: February management meeting; transfer window closes
The February Management Meeting will be held this Thursday, 02/02/2017 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.
The December/January transfer window closes today (31/01/2017) and clubs will not be permitted to sign players from other clubs again until after the end of the season. However, unattached players may be signed up to the end of March.
27/01/2017: Fixtures to appear on Mondays until schoolboy leagues resume
Our current understanding is that fixtures will appear in the Herald each Monday (not Tuesday) until the underage/schoolboy leagues resume in mid February (March - JF 27/02/2017). We will advise when we hear any more, but in the meantime, clubs should assume fixtures will appear on Mondays.
17/01/2017: Fixtures for Jan 21
Full fixtures resume next Saturday (17/01/2017) but it seems that once again fixtures were not published in Tuesday’s Herald. We are not sure why this was the case but we are investigating the matter and hope to have it resolved for next week.
In the meantime, we have posted the fixtures for next Saturday, 21/01/2017, in the Fixtures/Results sub-section and the full details will be circulated to all club secretaries and other contacts on Tuesday (Jan 17) night.
10/01/2017: Fixtures for Jan 14
Fixtures for Jan 14 were unexpectedly published in the Herald on Monday, rather than Tuesday, this week. It seems this was the case because not all of the public parks will be open next weekend (Jan 14/15).
We have therefore now posted the fixtures for Jan 14 on this website in the Fixtures/Results sub-section. Full details of the fixtures, including precise details of venues, match officials and kick-off times will also be circulated to all club secretaries and other email contacts.
With all the parks opening again from Jan 21 after the winter break, there will be a full schedule of fixtures set for that date and the details will revert to appearing in Tuesday’s Herald from Jan 17.
30/12/2016: Fixtures for Jan 7
Fixtures for Jan 7 will be posted later this evening (Dec 30) in the Fixtures/Results section. As previously advised, these will be home games for teams with private pitches, though any other team could potentially be involved as an “away” team.
It is also intended to circulate the fixture list to club secretaries and other contacts, while the details will be published as usual in Tueday’s Herald.
There will be fixtures set for private grounds and South Dublin County Council pitches on Jan 14.
07/12/2016: Winter closedown dates
We understand that Dublin City Council pitches will close for football after the weekend of Dec 10/11, 2016 and re-open on the weekend of Jan 21/22, 2017. However, SDCC pitches will not close until after the weekend of Dec 17/18 and will re-open again on Jan 14/15. Fingal County Council have not yet indicated their closedown dates.
In the light of this information, the UCFL will fix a full schedule of fixtures for Dec 17, after which the League will close down for the winter break. There will be games scheduled for private pitches on Jan 7 – teams who play home matches on public pitches are reminded that they could still be required to play on Jan 7 as they could be given a game against an opposing team which has access to a private pitch.
Full fixtures will resume on Jan 17.
28/11/2016: December notes- management meeting/ Cup Draws/ transfer window
The December Management Meeting will be held this Thursday, 01/12/2016 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.
The draws for the next rounds of the Challenge Cup, the MMI Cup and the Sidney Bedlow Cup will be made at the meeting.
Player transfers can resume again when the second transfer window opens on Dec 1. This window will remain open until Jan 31. No further transfers will be allowed after that before the end of the season. Note, however, that unattached players may sign for a club at any time up to the end of March.
29/09/2016: Transfer window ends on Sept 30
The first “transfer window” of the season, which began on June 1, will end on Sept 30. No further transfers will be permitted after this date until the second window opens on Dec 1. So a player currently registered with any club (whether in the UCFL or any other league) cannot switch clubs during October or November. However, clubs can continue to sign individuals not yet registered with any club as usual.
22/09/2016: Notification – October management meeting brought forward to Sept 29
The October management meeting is usually held on the first Thursday of October each year. However, on that evening this year, 06/10/2016, the Republic of Ireland take on Georgia in a World Cup qualifier.
As a result, the UCFL’s “October” management meeting has been brought forward by one week and will now take place next Thursday, Sept 29, at 8.00 p.m. The venue will, as usual, be the Dublin Central Mission Hall in Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1 and all clubs must be represented.
05/09/2016: Fixtures to appear in Tuesday’s Herald
After appearing on Mondays over the last couple of weeks, fixtures will revert to appearing on Tuesday for the rest of the season, beginning tomorrow (06/09/2016).
21/08/2016: Fixtures to appear in Monday's Herald
We understand that fixtures for the first few weeks of the season will appear in the Herald on Mondays rather than Tuesdays. So the fixtures for the opening week (beginning Aug 27) will appear tomorrow (Aug 22).
16/08/2016: August Management Meeting Thursday night
While the opening matches of the new season have been deferred for one week until Aug 27, the August management meeting will go ahead as scheduled on Thursday night (Aug 18) in the Dublin Central Mission Hall, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1, with an 8pm start. All clubs must be represented.
The Lead Referee Observer for the UCFL, Mr. Terry McParland, will make a presentation on the new Laws of the Game that were recently passed by the IFAB. This should prove informative and useful for all club representatives attending.
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 27 is Thursday of next week (Aug 25).
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.
Finally, we will also be pleased to accept evidence of up to date Public Liability insurance.
01/08/2016: Sanctioning of friendly games
In relation to friendly matches, which are a major feature of pre-season preparations at this time of year, clubs are reminded of FAI Rule 66.3, which requires that these games be sanctioned.
FAI Rule 66.3 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 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 (email@example.com), as far in advance as possible, requesting the UCFL’s sanction for the fixture.
23/07/2016: LFA Junior Cup/Shield entry forms available:
As noted below (18/07/2016 notes), 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.
Entry forms for the 2016/17 LFA Junior Cup and LFA Junior Shield are available under the Forms/Procedures Forms sub-section of this website. 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; for the UCFL, this means all teams except those in Divisions 3, 3A and 3B. The LFA Junior Shield is open to all teams playing at or below Division 3 level – so for the UCFL, again this means all teams in 3, 3A and 3B.
The deadline for entering these competitions is Sept 1 with an entry fee of €25. Entries can be returned (with fee) at the next UCFL management meeting on 18/08/2016, or delivered directly to the LFA.
18/07/2016: New season – Formation meeting this Thursday 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 2016/17 season will be held at 8.00pm on Thursday, July 21 in the Dublin Central Mission Hall, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. All clubs must be represented. The allocation of teams to the various divisions should be available for announcement at that meeting. Player registration forms will also be available at the meeting (€3 per form). The season itself will kick off on Saturday, August 20. There will be another management meeting just before that on Thursday, August 18 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; for the UCFL, this means all teams except those in Divisions 3, 3A and 3B. The LFA Junior Shield is open to all teams playing at or below Division 3 level — so for the UCFL, again this means all teams in 3, 3A and 3B.
The deadline for entering these competitions is usually Aug31 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 About UCFL section of interest — in particular, the Membership, Rules and Contact sub-sections
Applications for 2016/17 still open - prospective new clubs welcome:
Applications for membership of the UCFL for 2016/17 are still open. However, with the League Executive due to meet in the coming weeks with a view to forming the divisions for the forthcoming season, it is important that all continuing clubs enter their applications as soon as possible. Multi-team clubs should note that a separate application should be submitted for each team.
New clubs are also very welcome as there will undoubtedly be places available in a number of divisions, but such clubs are encouraged to submit an application and/or contact a member of the committee as soon as possible.
The online application form is available by clicking here