League of Ireland

  • Under 19 manger Brian Dorrian will take charge of Sligo Rovers for the rest of the season.

    It follows the news that Ger Lyttle's contract will not be renewed.

    Dorrian will lead the team for the final nine days of this year's S-S-E Airtricity League Premier Division, which includes games against Dundalk, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers.


  • The National League Executive Committee and the FAI hope to have a final recommendation on how to resume the League of Ireland before May 5th.

    A meeting today discussed a number of possible options, including the season resuming behind closed doors on June 19th.

    Another option is a June 19th return with capacities reduced to between 25 and 50 per cent.

    A deferral of action until September, with either a December or February finish were also discussed.

    St. Pat's have been forced to temporarily lay off their playing and coaching staff.

  • The FAI have joined a working group looking at plans for the future of the League of Ireland.

    The group was initially formed by the then 20 league clubs last year without the association's involvement.

    Interim Deputy FAI CEO Niall Quinn says they'll now work collectively for the best future possible for our League and its players.

    Shamrock Rovers chairman Jonathan Roche has thanked the club's squad and management for agreeing to wage cuts.

    25 per cent cuts have been made across the club who say they cannot sustain their budget without matchday income during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    There have been no SSE Airtricity League games since the first week in March.

    The FAI and the clubs have provisionally agreed to restart the SSE Airtricity League action on 19 June, subject to the approval of the government and HSE.

  • The first-ever streaming service for the SSE Airtricity League has been officially launched by the FAI.

    Watch-L-O-I will have season passes available from 55 euro while fans outside Ireland will have to pay 69 euro.

    More than 55 matches will be shown on the platform with all games being played behind closed doors due to COVID-19.

    The F-A-I are covering all costs to broadcast the games and all of the revenue from the service will be split between the league's clubs.

    The Premier Division season is due to resume on Friday the 31st of July with the meeting of Derry City and Sligo Rovers.

  • The FAI are targeting a June 19th return to action for the League Of Ireland.

    The sport is on hold in this country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    A tele-conference involving all 19 league clubs arrived at the target earlier today.

    Should the season resume on the appointed date, the Premier Division will conclude on the new date of December 4th, and the First Division the following week.

    The top flight has been trimmed from a 36-game to a 27-game season.

    The FAI Cup will go ahead, but the EA Sports Cup has been deferred.


    Statement from Galway Utd regarding reports of an offer for majority shareholding: 

    Further to recent media reports the board of Galway United FC can confirm an offer has been received to take a majority shareholding in the club.

    Galway United FC is 100% owned by the Galway United Friends Co-operative, and at the Special General Meeting (SGM) that has been called to discuss this offer, each co-op member that can attend will vote and ultimately make the decision in relation to the proposed investment. Galway United Friends Co-operative is owned and democratically controlled by its members and is operated on the principle of “one Member – one Vote”.

    The co-op would encourage all paid up members to attend the SGM and have their voice heard by voting on the proposal on the night.

    This is a proposed long term investment in Galway United and initial commitments outlined include:


    1. Investment in the first team to target promotion to the Premier Division.
    2. Investment in the development of the club’s underage infrastructure and youth academy.
    3. Investment in a Galway United training facility.
    4. Recruitment of key personnel to ensure the right structures are in place both on and off the pitch to support the long-term development of the club. These individuals will be at board level, general management and a director of football.
    5. To play a bigger role in the community.


    Admission to the SGM will be only available to the following members. Members who have paid their full yearly membership (€180 for adults or €90 for concession class) or be part of the monthly payment scheme for at least two months. Members shall be at least 16 years of age, to be admitted to Society meetings. Lapsed members who pay their full yearly membership (€180 or €90) up to 48 hours before the meeting will also be entitled to attend. Lapsed members can make payment via the coop website at www.gufc-coop.com/gufc-sgm-2018/

    We recognise that members will need sufficient time to consider this proposal and to this end a meeting information pack will be forwarded to members in advance of the SGM.

    We recognise that members will need sufficient time to consider this proposal and to this end a meeting information pack will be forwarded to members in advance of the SGM.


  • League of Ireland clubs could find out more about a potential return date later on when the FAI's steering group meets again.

    Thomond Park could be used as a venue for games, when the season resumes.

    The Aviva Stadium, Tallaght Stadium and Athlone are also in line to stage games while FAI headquarters at Abbotstown has been earmarked for First Division matches.

    FAI medical director Dr. Alan Byrne says games can only take place when there is "an acceptable level of risk."

  • League of Ireland clubs are set to weigh up FAI proposals this weekend about the possible resumption of the Airtricity League.

    Irish football's governing body are hopeful of securing government funding but Derry, Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians are also being asked to share their European prize money with the league.

    Cork City say they're considering the proposals but their priority is safeguarding the "financial viability" of the club.

  • The 2021 League of Ireland season will be delayed until at least March 19th.

    The FAI met with the National League Executive Committee yesterday and a decision was reached to move the start date for the Premier Division until after St Patrick's Day.

    The First Division date has been changed to March 26th.  

    A later date of February 26th had been indicated for the 2021 campaign due to the Covid-19 landscape but with crowds unlikely to be back at games in the first quarter of the year and the public health situation also uncertain, the decision was taken to push back the start of the campaign even further.

  • The return of the League of Ireland in 2020 remains in the balance after the FAI failed to get sign off on a financial package to support the return of clubs to action.

    One area being proposed is for the four clubs that have qualified for Europe, Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers, Derry City and Bohemians to contribute 100 thousand euro each from their European prize money this summer to an overall fund.

  • Sligo Rovers have signed goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney on loan from Chelsea.

    Manager Ger Lyttle says they've signed the 22-year-old to offer competition to Micháel Schlingermann.

    Beeney is the son of former Leeds keeper Mark Beeney who came close to declaring for Ireland before USA 94.

  • Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley feels the opening day fixture against Dundalk will be a challenging encounter, and the release of the list of games will focus minds ahead of the new campaign.

    The Lilywhites will visit the Showgrounds on 20th March in Sligo's first game.

    In terms of home games, it’s Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers first up for the Bit O’Red.

    Away from home, Rovers will be heading for Waterford and Longford early on.



  • Sligo Rovers are the latest League of Ireland club to come under financial pressure.

    They have been left without a home fixture for 11 weeks following the postponement of Sunday's S-S-E Airtricity League Premier Division clash with table toppers Dundalk.

    The tie is being rearranged due to the Lilywhites' progress to the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

    The Showgrounds won't host another League match until September and Sligo describe the lack of gate receipts as a clear financial strain.