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Thursday 1 June 2023 Dublin: 11°C


Last year
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.
# big job
Premier League Coaching Director Marc Canham set to land FAI's crucial Director of Football role
Canham has worked at the Premier League since 2013.
# Called Off
Unite the Union Champions Cup scrapped due to 'scheduling issues'
The cross-border competition was postponed in 2021 because of Covid-19 concerns.
Fine Gael senator apologises and retracts statement about Robbie Keane's salary
Senator Micheál Carrigy had said Keane should donate his FAI salary over the past two years to local soccer clubs.
# 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.