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Tuesday 7 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C


Last year
# Stephen Kenny
'To go back to where Ireland started in their first Euros, if it's back to Stuttgart or wherever it is - that's the big dream'
Stephen Kenny today set out his stall having finally signed a contract extension with the FAI.
# Done Deal
Stephen Kenny finally agrees new Ireland contract
The deal is set to see the Dubliner in charge up until the end of Euro 2024.
# amateur
In Ireland, commitment, passion and progress, but still no pay for elite female footballers
The Women’s National League kicks off this weekend, and the fight for semi-professional status remains a big talking point.
# Solidarity
No Irish football team will play Russia until further notice, FAI chiefs vow
The Association has offered its ‘full and unequivocal’ support to the Ukraine FA ahead of planned fixtures later this year.
# markets field
Treaty United v Athlone Town postponed due to unplayable pitch
Meanwhile, three Premier Division matches have been selected for live TV coverage on RTÉ.
# Update
'Brexit is a golden opportunity' - What the FAI have done to improve youth development, and what they have yet to do
Academy manager Will Clarke offers an insight into the work being done in Ireland as the FAI launch this year’s national underage leagues.
# Championship wrap
Irish defender scores as QPR end winless streak
Elsewhere, Eiran Cashin, Festy Ebosele and Jason Knight all started for Deby against Millwall.
# Off
League of Ireland fixtures and GAA matches fall victim to weather
Sligo v Bohemians and Longford Town v Cobh Ramblers are among the games to be postponed.
# Dispute
Public row rumbles on as SIPTU workers accuse FAI of lack of engagement and criticise strategic plan
The FAI responded by defending the report and expressing ‘disappointment’ at SIPTU’s airing of their issues in the media.
# Nearly there
FAI expect to finalise contract extension for Stephen Kenny by next month
Meanwhile, the FAI CEO says Kenny will find a ‘bloody good coach’ to replace Anthony Barry.
# backing
FAI say CEO Hill's failure to relocate permanently to Ireland is a 'non-issue'
Jonathan Hill was appointed CEO of the FAI in November 2020, but has yet to move to Ireland on a full-time basis.
# Planning
Qualification for Euro 2024, a third-tier LOI and improved facilities - FAI unveil strategic targets to 2025
The FAI have tonight unveiled their overall plans for the game in Ireland up to 2025.
# Have your say
Poll: Do you support the FAI's bid to co-host Euro 2028?
Have your say on whether the FAI’s involvement in the bid is the right step for Irish football.
# divisive move
FAI confirms contentious July start for national U14 league
There have also been some changes to the later age-groups, including a provision for overage players to play at U19 level.
# next steps
Gary Dicker named Brighton's U18s coach following retirement
The Dubliner called time on a 17-year career last week.
Deadline Day: Ex-United teenager Sotona returns to England, Aiden O'Brien swaps Sunderland for Portsmouth
Ali Reghba, meanwhile, has left Leicester for Algerian table-toppers CR Belouizdad.
# the British question
Irish football has always been defined by Britain - so what has changed since Brexit?
We take a big-picture look at what is happening with the men’s national team, the men’s national league and youth development at a time of great change for Irish football.
# Ready to go
Ireland confirmed to play 8-team tournament in Spain
Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia and Wales are all set to compete.
# High Court
Hearing of outstanding issues between Delaney and ODCE may not take place for months
The Judge today expressed the court’s strong desire to bring the matter to a conclusion.
All time
# reflection
The A-Z of the Irish football year, 2021
Our look back on another dramatic year on and off the field.
# looking ahead
Confirmed: 9 teams will compete in First Division next year
It was recently announced that Cabinteely and Bray Wanderers have merged.
# Solidarity
'If they are speaking up together, hopefully they can have a similar response to what our players did'
Ireland WNT assistant manager Tom Elmes was asked about the women’s rugby revolution and the parallels drawn with his team.
# Sport
Two-thirds of referees leave within two years over abuse, FAI says
An Oireachtas committee heard evidence from Ireland’s largest sporting organisations about the abuse that referees face.
# Garda Appeal
Gardaí appeal for witnesses to street violence outside Irishtown pub ahead of FAI Cup final
Damage was caused to a number of vehicles outside the premises during the incident and a number of people were assaulted.
# Disarray
Fixture farce with clubs in dark over dates for Unite the Union Champions Cup
‘I genuinely don’t know. We’ve no game. Our players are off now from Monday. We’ve heard nothing,’ Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley said.
# Youth development
'We cannot be reliant on what happens over in England. We have to put a structure in place here'
Packie Bonner has returned to the FAI board, and spoke about the importance of Irish football meeting the challenge of Brexit.
# Oh what a knight
‘Loads more in locker’ – Jason Knight sees better times for Ireland and himself
The 20-year-old had a hand in all three goals in Luxembourg.
# Influence
Ireland U21 international grateful for departing Mick McCarthy's assistance
Joel Bagan has been getting plenty of game time with Cardiff in the Championship this season.
# Ref Justice
FAI promise action as Dublin leagues forced to postpone games over referee abuse
FAI chief Jonathan Hill has promised a ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards abuse of any match official
# dokters last orders
Ruud Dokter to leave role as FAI's High Performance Director
The Dutchman was first appointed by John Delaney in 2013.
# Ticket Touts
All events at Aviva Stadium, including Ireland-Portugal match, to be covered by anti-touting law
Tickets have appeared online at three times their face value.
# ticket touting
FAI issue ticket tout warning for sold-out Portugal clash
Tickets have appeared online at three times their face value.
# High Court
John Delaney directed to provide ODCE with certain details about litigation
Justice Leonie Reynolds gave Delaney two weeks to provide the ODCE with the information.
# Discord
FAI contradict SIPTU claim of 'continued refusal to engage' as row rumbles on
Tensions between SIPTU and the FAI hierarchy first erupted earlier this year.
# girls in green
Ireland squad announced for upcoming World Cup qualifiers
Vera Paul has named 27 players for the clashes against Sweden and Finland.
# Analysis
Stephen Kenny is building something exciting and deserves a new contract
The manager oversaw an impressive win against Qatar at the Aviva Stadium last night.
# take your seat
'Optimistic we'll reach that 100%' - Ireland's November internationals set for full crowds
Ireland’s international rugby and football teams have important fixtures at home this autumn.
# jabs for the boys
FAI: 'We must accept the right of individuals to make a personal choice' on vaccine, following Robinson comments
‘We have encouraged all our players at all levels of the game to be vaccinated,’ said Irish football’s governing body.
# the Wembley tape
'It irks me a lot' - Irish assistant boss Andrews still in the dark over source of Videogate controversy
Stephen Kenny had previously suggested there were people ‘behind the scenes or elsewhere’ behind the saga.
# Investigation
FAI officials probing concerns over Limerick District League finances
The league has postponed its AGM on foot of a request by the FAI.