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Wednesday 22 March 2023 Dublin: 6°C


Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# unopposed
Gianni Infantino set to be re-elected Fifa president without formal vote
Infantino will be re-elected by acclimation as he is the only candidate.
# New threads
FAI announce new multi-year kit deal with sportswear brand Castore
A new home kit will be revealed later this month.
This month
March 2023
# Nothing To See Here
FAI have not agreed kit deal with O'Neill's following shamrock jersey tweet
The sportswear company teased what many believed to be a Republic of Ireland jersey.
January 2023
FAI Board members ratified at Association's resumed AGM
Kerry FC was also confirmed as a Member of the FAI.
# Operation Brookweed
Man arrested as part of League of Ireland match-fixing investigation released without charge
Operation Brookweed follows reports of suspected match-fixing received from the FAI and UEFA.
# Money Talks
Sports minister defends investment in football but sidesteps betting tax questions
Thomas Byrne did admit that the government needs to ‘step up to the plate’ in improving the sport’s facilities in Ireland.
# change at the top
Remembering the tumultuous reign and assessing the legacy of FAI Chairman Roy Barrett
Barrett was appointed to deal with the wreckage left after John Delaney’s exit, and announced this week that he he is stepping away from the role.
# parting shot
Departing FAI Chairman calls for more government funding of 'grossly inadequate' facilities
Roy Barrett pointed to greater funding for the GAA and rugby in making his case.
# Back Home
Pauw's former assistant Eileen Gleeson appointed as FAI's new Head of Women's Football
She recently left her role as manager of Glasgow City.
Roy Barrett to step down as chairperson as FAI looks to meet gender balance requirements
Independent director Gary Twohig will also step down as the FAI seeks to ensure 40% female representation on the board by the end of the year.
Last year
# Support
FAI Chairperson says Pauw has been treated unfairly by misconduct allegations
Pauw has rejected allegations of misconduct relating to her time in charge of Houston Dash.
# Farce
FAI forced to abandon reconvened AGM due to technical issues
A virtual AGM ended in farce when email issues among delegates left the results of a vote unable to be validated.
# Punishment
Uefa fine FAI over pro-IRA chants sung by members of women's national team
Uefa say the dressing room chants were a ‘violation of the basic rules of decent conduct.’
# Historic
FAI to introduce professional contracts for players in Women's National League
The professional contracts will be introduced from 1 December, 2022.
# Impact
No-nonsense Evan Ferguson aims to force way into Ireland's Euro plans
The 18-year-old striker reflects on his first taste of senior international football and making an impression on his teammates.
Stadia confirmed for Ireland's Euro 2028 bid as Casement Park makes provisional shortlist
Northern Ireland’s Windsor Park does not meet the criteria of a minimum 33,000 seats, with nine stadiums in England making up the majority of the bid.
# crisis averted
Referees cancel planned strike following talks with FAI
The Dublin branch of the Irish referees’ society had planned a two-week strike action, citing a lack of confidence in the FAI’s Disciplinary Control Unit.
# Grounds For Concern
FAI were made aware of structural issues at Limerick venue before stand evacuation
Last week’s First Division play-off final was halted to relocate supporters after a ‘structural issue developed’ with a stand.
# statement
FAI to review 'structural issue' and stand evacuation at Markets Field
The incident occurred during last night’s SSE Airtricity League First Division play-off final at the Limerick venue.
# euro 2028
Welsh FA chief Noel Mooney wants Cardiff to open UK and Ireland's Euro 2028
The joint bid is the strong favourite to succeed, despite the chaotic and violent scenes that marred last year’s men’s Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
# growing the game
FAI create new head of women and girls football role
The head of women and girls’ football will be part of the FAI’s football leadership team.
# newkit
Kit supplier to FAI 'taking legal advice' as sponsorship is terminated
Umbro has been the predominant supplier as part of the partnership with JACC Sports Distributors Limited.
# preparations
'We qualify and suddenly there is a lot of players with Irish backgrounds emailing you'
Vera Pauw is hoping to make use of the November international window if the FAI can afford it.
# blockbuster
Pauw: 'This is a team that doesn’t fear anyone. Pressure is embraced'
Republic of Ireland manager Vera Pauw reacts to the 2023 World Cup draw in Auckland.
# High Court
Court rules against John Delaney in claim over documents seized from FAI by ODCE
He argued that the Corporate Watchdog was not entitled to use just over 1,100 documents relating to him from the FAI
# Dublin Airport
Pro-IRA chanting at Dublin Airport condemned
Footage of the incident was posted on social media on Saturday.
# statement
Ireland squad apologise for any offence caused by song in World Cup celebrations
Ver Pauw’s side secured a historic qualification with last night’s 1-0 win over Scotland.
No change to Ireland Euro 2024 qualifying fixtures as Uefa confirm schedule
Uefa had last night told fan to disregard the fixtures an hour after publishing them.
# Disciplinary Hearing
Sligo Rovers charged with fielding ineligible player against Dundalk
The club have stated that they plan to contest the charge.
# feeling hot hot hot
FAI recommend water breaks for all fixtures this weekend
A Status Yellow High Temperature warning is in place for the country.
FAI report €6.7m surplus, debt remains at €63.5m
The association held their 2022 AGM at Dublin’s Mansion House today.
# statement
'The people in Ireland, everyone made such an effort' - Vera Pauw grateful for Irish support
Pauw revealed she was raped as a young player in Holland.
# Accounts
FAI post small profit for 2021 as debt remains at €63.5 million
‘I am convinced we are turning the corner after our recent turmoil, as evident from a financial perspective at the very least,’ said chairperson Roy Barrett.
# Profile
Who is the man with the most important job in Irish football?
A look at the early days of Marc Canham and how he rose to the position of Director of Football at the FAI.
# Lost Generation
'Some of the girls just stopped being interested in playing because it was costing us money'
Marian Leahy looks back on her football career and laments how Irish teams and players of the past often tend to get overlooked.
# Influence
'I hope he is proud' - Praise for the man who helped instigate Ireland's youth football rejuvenation
A number of promising youngsters have emerged of late and Vera Pauw says Ruud Dokter deserves credit.
Former Republic of Ireland international Noel Campbell dies aged 72
Noel Campbell was also a League of Ireland star with Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic.
# teenager arrested
Teenager arrested following public order incident at League of Ireland match in Longford
The incident itself occurred within the away section of the stadium.
# Report
Smallbone stunner the highlight as Ireland edge closer to Euros qualification
If Italy avoid defeat against Sweden on Thursday, Jim Crawford’s men will be guaranteed second spot at least.
# future plans
Kerry Football Club's ambition to join the League of Ireland moves a step closer
The group behind the initiative includes former League of Ireland star and Tralee native Billy Dennehy.