FAI postpones underage National Leagues
Following discussions with government agencies today and in the interests of public health, the Football Association of Ireland has postponed all elite underage football matches this weekend as the outcome of the upcoming cabinet meeting is awaited.
This decision will see all fixtures in all five underage National Leagues postponed, including the Mayo SL Under 15 and Under 13 fixtures away to Derry City and at home to St. Patrick's Athletic respecitvely.
In a statement issued this evening, the FAI said: “The FAI will review this postponement internally and with government early next week. The health and safety of all players, coaching staff, match officials, volunteers, parents/guardians and supporters remains foremost in all FAI decisions.”
This ruling does not affect the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division and First Division, the Women’s National League and all international football, which will carry on as per agreement with government.
As with adult amateur and underage grassroots football, all underage elite teams can continue to train in a non-contact environment and in pods of 15, subject to current government guidelines.
*Pictured above, the Mayo SL Under 15 team in action against Athlone Town in Solar 21 Park, Milebush, Castlebar.