SFAI Subway Championship 2018/19 officially launched

The SFAI Subway Championship and Plate competition was officially launched recently at Subway’s store in Milfield, Balbriggan.

Joined by young players from Balbriggan FC and volunteers from the North Dublin Schoolboys League, SFAI Chairman John Earley thanked Subway for their continued support of schoolboy football in Ireland.

The competition for those playing U12, U13, U15 and U16 football offers representative teams from all 32 schoolboy leagues across Ireland the opportunity to compete on both a provincial and national stage.

Subway’s support over the past three years has seen the Subway Championship grow considerably in terms of the level of competition, with the SFAI Subway Plate introduced last year.

Teams now get more games to help them develop, with the likes of Longford, Cavan/Monaghan, Kilkenny, Mayo, WWEC and Athlone reaching Plate finals last season.

Speaking at the event recently, SFAI Chairman John Earley highlighted the importance of the SFAI Subway and Championship Plate, noting Subway’s sponsorship and their appetite to see schoolboy football develop further in Ireland.

He said: “We are delighted with Subway’s support over the last three years, and we look forward to working alongside them in the years to come.”

He continued:”The Subway Championship has always been very competitive, and continues to be, but we wanted to provide more games for our leagues representative teams when the group stages have finished.

“Subway helped us develop the Plate competition and it was a huge success last season, and it is that success we want to build upon in the future.”

Subway have also provided kits for league representative sides, this year the U16 group will be the lucky recipients, while the SFAI have been working with the FAI to deliver coaching courses specifically designed for those coaching SFAI Subway teams.

With over 100 league representative teams at four age groups taking part in the SFAI Subway Championship and Plate this season, the competition will see finals in February and May.