21/08/2018: August Management Meeting Thursday night

The August management meeting will go ahead this Thursday night (Aug 23) in the Dublin Central Mission Hall, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1, with an 8pm start. All clubs must be represented.

Clubs are reminded that players must be registered using the FAInet system. More information on this new process can be viewed by clicking here. It is imperative that clubs understand that this process must be carried out immediately if not already completed.

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 31, while for the LFA competitions it is Sept1.

Clubs are asked to note that the UCFL has match footballs available at a price of €30 – please contact the Hon Sec, Paraic Treanor at paraic.treanor@ucfl.ie before the meeting.

20/08/2018: Opening fixtures in Monday’s Herald

The 2018/19 UCFL season was originally scheduled to begin next Saturday, Aug 25, but in view of the traffic restrictions associated with the Papal visit, it has been decided against setting any fixtures for that day. Instead, the opening fixtures in Divisions 2, 3 and 3A, will take place on the following Monday, Aug 27, followed by fixtures for Premier and Division 1 teams on Wednesday, Aug 29. Kick-off time will be 6.30 p.m. on both evenings. The first full Saturday programme will therefore take place on Sept 1. Midweek fixtures will cease after Wednesday, Sept 5.

The opening fixtures of the new season are due to be published in this Monday’s (Aug 20) Herald.

05/08/2018: 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 Rules of the Association, Part C), Rule 34.3, which requires that these games be sanctioned.

Part C), Rule 34.3 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 full FAI Rules can be viewed via the following link:

www.fai.ie/domestic/governance/fai-rule-book

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 (paraic.treanor@ucfl.ie), as far in advance as possible, requesting the UCFL’s sanction for the fixture.

25/07/2018: Review of Amateur Football in Greater Dublin Area – Club Consultation Workshops

As many will be aware, the FAI have been carrying out a review of amateur football in the Greater Dublin Area in recent months. This is now moving into its final stages and set out below are details of 3 consultation workshops which are designed to allow clubs express their views on the subject.

The UCFL are encouraging all our clubs to participate. Those who intend to participate should email Ger McDermott, who is heading the review, at ger.mcdermott@fai.ie no later than 5pm this Friday, July 27. The details of the workshops are as follows:

Club Consultation Workshop - Invitation to Clubs

The final consultation phase of the Greater Dublin Amateur Football Review will take the form of club consultation workshops.

These club workshops will offer clubs the opportunity to input into the review and assist the Review Group in forming a strategy for the further development and betterment of adult amateur football within the region.

The evening will open with a short presentation on the review and an explanation of its purpose, before some discussion is facilitated in breakout groups in order to gather feedback from the clubs.

There are three workshop locations in Dublin and invitations are open to any affiliated clubs who wish to attend.

Clubs can select a workshop that best suits them and they are asked to bring the following representatives, up to a maximum of three attendees per clu

  • 1 player representative
  • 1 coach/manager
  • 1 club committee member / volunteer

The details of the workshops are as follows:

Workshop 1

Monday, 30 th July - 7pm Registration

Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Merrion Road, Dublin 4

Workshop 2

Tuesday 31st July - 7pm Registration

Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport, Old Airport Road, Cloghran, Co. Dublin

Workshop 3

Thursday 2nd August - 7pm Registration

Citywest Hotel, Naas Road, Saggart, Co. Dublin

Clubs are required to confirm their chosen workshop that they will attend along with names and roles of those attending no later than 5pm on Friday 27 th July by email to ger.mcdermott@fai.ie

Clubs are also encouraged to participate in our online surveys which are accessible here - www.fai.ie/domestic/player-survey-amateur-football-review-greater-dublin-region

20/07/2018: 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 2018/19 season will be held at 8.00pm on Thursday, July 26 in the Dublin Central Mission Hall, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. All clubs must be represented. It is hoped to have the allocation of teams to the various divisions available for announcement at the meeting, but this will depend on the resolution of a number of issues in the next few days.

Player registration this season will be via FAInet.ie, the FAI’s new online system. Notices concerning this system and its operation have been posted on the website and circulated via email, in addition to training sessions last March and again earlier this month. Further reminders will be circulated separately in the coming days.

Player registration this season will be via FAInet.ie, the FAI’s new online system. Notices concerning this system and its operation have been posted on the website and circulated via email, in addition to training sessions last March and again earlier this month. Further reminders will be circulated separately in the coming days.

The season itself will kick off on Saturday, August 25; there will be another management meeting just before that on Thursday, August 23.

(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.

The deadline for entering these competitions is usually towards the end of August with an entry fee of €25 (€30 for FAI Junior Cup).

Entry forms for the two LFA competitions can be accessed on the LFA website at the following link:

www.leinsterfa.ie/downloads

Entry forms for the FAI Junior Cup can be downloaded here:

FAI Junior Cup entry form 2018/19

“Hard” copies of the FAI form will also be available at Thursday night’s management meeting. 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 seas. 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.

14/07/2018: Online Player Registration – final training sessions this Tuesday

Final training sessions for the new online registration of players will be held in FAI HQ in Abbotstown this Tuesday evening, July 17. Two sessions will be held, the first at 6.30 p.m., the second at 8.00 p.m.

The old paper form based player registration system is now ended and the new online system is being introduced for the coming season which begins next month, so any clubs which did not attend one of the previous training sessions held last March, or those who wish to refresh their memories, should contact the League Registrar, Bryan Flewett (bryan.flewett@ucfl.ie) immediately and let him know which session they wish to attend.

Anyone attending on Tuesday is reminded to please bring a laptop!

03/07/2018: Places available for new teams

Each year, new teams form with a view to taking part in organised football. The UCFL receives applications from a number of such teams every summer. The UCFL is always pleased to hear from such teams and, subject to them demonstrating a capacity to fulfill the commitments involved in participating, endeavour to accommodate them in an appropriate division. Further information on these requirements can be viewed here.

The League operates 5 divisions covering a range of standards and new teams are allocated to the divisions based on likely standard, which is discussed in broad detail during the pre-admssion interview.

Any such new teams or individuals considering setting up such a team for 2018/19 is urged to contact the UCFL as soon as possible. Contact details can be found by clicking here. The main contact is the UCFL Hon Sec, Paraic Treanor (email at paraic.treanor@ucfl.ie, mobile 045-881877), but any committee member will be pleased to assist.

Alternatively, or in addition, a new team could fill out an application form available at one of the links below.

Online application form.

Excel and pdf versions available form.

27/06/2018: Teams asked to submit applications

The League's Executive Committee will be meeting shortly to begin preparations for next season, including the allocation of teams to divisions, and it is important for them to know which teams intend to continue.

Any teams which have not yet submitted their applications for the 2018/19 season are asked to do so immediately. There are a number of options available. Online, accessible by clicking here, or alternatively going to the Forms sub-section and filling in and emailing to the Hon Sec (or any committee member) in “soft” format using excel, or “hard” copy using pdf.

Individual clubs with 2nd or 3rd teams should submit a separate application for each team.

17/06/2018: FAI review of football in Greater Dublin area – UCFL members invited to take part in survey

As many players and other members of the UCFL will recall, the FAI commissioned a review of the adult game in the Dublin area late last year and this has been ongoing for some months now. As part of this review, a survey of volunteers and players was promised and this has now gone live for the purpose of obtaining the views of those involved in the game at this level.

The UCFL is very keen for as many of its members as possible to make their views known via this survey and we are encouraging all our players and mentors etc. to participate as soon as possible.

To read more on the background, detail and purpose of the survey, please click on the following link to the page on the FAI website:

www.fai.ie/domestic/news/fai-greater-dublin-football-review-is-launched

The links to participate in the relevant survey are given in the article referenced, but they can also be accessed directly by clicking on one of the following links.

For volunteers:

www.fai.ie/domestic/club-volunteer-survey-amateur-football-review-greater-dublin-region

For players:

www.fai.ie/domestic/player-survey-amateur-football-review-greater-dublin-region

29/05/2018: Ireland v USA tickets

The League has two tickets (€40 each) available for sale for the Republic of Ireland v USA friendly international at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday (ko 8.08pm). Anyone interested in purchasing these tickets should contact the League Chairman, Barney Blood, immediately.

23/05/2018: AGM this Thursday

The League’s Annual General Meeting will take place this Thursday, May 24 in the Dublin Central Mission Hall, Lower Abbey Street, beginning at 8pm. All clubs are required to be represented. Minutes of the 2017 AGM will be circulated to club secretaries and contacts in advance of this week’s meeting.

The agenda for the AGM can be viewed by clicking here.

17/05/2018: MMI Cup Final in Abbotstown tonight; Eden Quay office closed tonight

The MMI Cup Final will take place at FAI HQ in Abbotstown tonight (Thursday), 17/05/2018. The game will kick off at 7.30 p.m. and will be contested by Portmarnock AFC and Drumcondra AFC.

These teams met in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup just under 3 weeks ago, when Portmarnock squeezed into that final with a last minute winner. They eventually lost in the final, going down to a single goal to a good Blackrock side last Saturday and will be hoping to make up for that tonight, while Drumcondra will see a chance to reverse their recent semi-final defeat.

This will be the first time for the UCFL to use the new pitch facilities in Abbotstown and hopefully the game will provide a memorable introduction.

League members are asked to note that the League’s offices in Eden Quay will be closed tonight. Disciplinary and other matters will be dealt with as usual, but in the FAI offices in Abbotstown in advance of the MMI Cup Final. Anyone wishing to request a personal hearing in a disciplinary case tonight should contact the League Hon Sec Paraic Treanor in advance.

11/05/2018: Challenge and Bedlow Cup Finals this Saturday; MMI Cup Final on May 17

The 2017/18 Challenge Cup Final, between Blackrock College FC and Portmarnock AFC, will take place tomorrow (Saturday, May 12) at Home Farm in Whitehall, with a 7.00 p.m. kick-off.

Earlier, at 3.00 p.m. at the same venue, Dunshaughlin Youths and Walkinstown Athletic will meet in the Sidney Bedlow Cup Final.

A standard admission charge of €5 will apply for spectators attending the games, which will include a combined programme for the two finals. All clubs in the UCFL are entitled to 10 prepaid tickets for the Challenge Cup Final (note that these will not grant admission for the Bedlow Cup Final) and these have been distributed to all club secretaries at this stage. Players and other members of the League are encouraged to attend and should contact their club secretary if they wish to avail of their club’s prepaid tickets.

The MMI Cup Final between Drumcondra FC and Challenge Cup finalists, Portmarnock AFC, will take place on May 17. In a new development for the League, this game will take place in the FAI’s grounds in Abbotstown.

02/04/2018: Management meeting this Thursday; 2017 winners asked to return trophies

The April Management Meeting will take place this Thursday, April 5, 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 will be forwarded to club secretaries and contacts in advance of the meeting.

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.

26/03/2018: Midweek matches begin Wednesday night; March 31 is final date for signing players

With the clocks going forward yesterday immediately adding an extra hour of daylight in the evenings, midweek matches will begin this Wednesday night (March 28). The fixtures scheduled are listed in the Results/Fixtures section.

As usual, March 31 represents the final day for signing new players. Please note that these must be players who are unattached, i.e. have not previously signed for any other club this season – transfers ended on January 31. No further additions can be made to player panels after next Saturday.

19/03/2018: Reminder – Coaching course and FAInet player registration

Coaching course – Sunday, March 25

Preparations for the first of the 3 coaching modules next Sunday (25/03/2018) are well under way and places are filling up. An email with instructions for registration was circulated to all club secretaries and contacts last week.

Any intending participants who have not yet registered are asked to check with their club secretary and ensure that they are registered immediately. There are a limited number of places still available, so anyone who has not previously indicated an intention to participate but now wishes to do so is encouraged to contact their club secretary and apply.

Player registration process – Tuesday, March 27:

Clubs are also reminded about the FAInet player registration presentation to be held in FAI HQ in Abbotstown next Tuesday night (27/03/2018). Clubs who have not done so should contact the League Hon Sec, Paraic Treanor, at paraic.treanor@ucfl.ie and let him know which session (6.30pm or 8.00pm) they will be attending.

06/03/2018: St. Patrick’s Day/ Easter/ Midweek fixtures

St. Patrick's Weekend - March 16-19:

There will not be any UCFL fixtures schedule for Saturday March 17. However, any club / team wishing to play on Friday night (Mar 16), Saturday (Mar17) or Bank Holiday Monday (Mar19) should let the Fixtures Secretary, Noel Fitzroy, know as soon as possible and he will try to arrange opposition.

Easter Weekend – Saturday March 31:

There will be a full schedule of UCFL fixtures on Saturday March 31 (or Good Friday night (Mar30), if requested). Any club / team wishing to have games off that weekend should apply for a postponement as per rule, i.e. apply in writing and submit the standard postponement fee of €30.

Midweek fixtures:

Midweek games will commence on Wednesday March 28 and will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays thereafter until the season is completed.

If anyone has any queries regarding these dates or fixture issues in general, please feel free to contact Noel Fitzroy at any time.

01/03/2018: All matches this weekend postponed; no disciplinary meeting Thursday night

Given the current and forecast weather conditions for the next few days, it has been decided to postpone all fixtures scheduled for this Saturday, 03/03/2018. Home teams are asked, as a courtesy, to contact the referee appointed for their game to advise him accordingly.

The weekly meeting of the League Executive Committee tonight (Thursday, Mar1) has also been cancelled and there will be no disciplinary hearings either. Any red cards or other issues from last Saturday (Feb 24) will instead be addressed at next week's meeting on Mar 8. The League offices in Eden Quay will remain closed tonight.

19/02/2018: New Player Registration Process - FAInet Registration Schedule

The team at FAInet will host a double session for UCFL clubs on Tuesday evening 27th March in Abbotstown to do a workshop on the new player registration process. The first session will be from 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. followed by another from 8.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. There is ample parking in Abbotstown for all participants.

All participants should have their own laptop and it is recommended that each club should have 2/3 attendees on the night to ensure that the process is familiar to a number of people in the club. Clubs need to register for their preferred time i.e. 6.30 session or 8.00 session and times will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The contact for information and registration is Paraic Treanor - paraic.treanor@ucfl.ie or 087/2599817. Bryan Flewett, UCFL Player Registrar, will also be in attendance on the night.

Clubs are asked to note that the introduction of the FAInet system is an important development for the League and all of its members. Player registration from the beginning of the 2018/19 season this summer will be via this online method only, which will replace the current manual paper form method. While it will not be difficult to operate, early preparation for the new process will undoubtedly assist everyone involved.

06/02/2018: Attention referees! Details of next set of development modules:

All active referees must attend regular courses to maintain their licenses. The FAI Referees Department have notified the next set of modules for current referees which can be viewed by clicking here. UCFL referees will note their designated module is scheduled for March 29.

If you are unable to attend the designated UCFL Module you may attended on any other date. However, you must inform Terry Mc Parland, Lead Referee Observer UCFL if you wish to change your date of attendance. terry.mcparland@enterprise-ireland.com

29/01/2018: February management meeting; transfer window closes

The February Management Meeting will be held this Thursday, 01/02/2018 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 on Wednesday (31/01/2018) and clubs will not be permitted to sign players from other clubs again until after the end of the season. However, unattached players may continue to be signed up to the end of March.

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 seas