The SFAI is deeply saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Padraig Hartnett.


Padraig was a loyal servant of the game for decades at national, league and club levels, integrating his media work and skills to accelerate the game forward.


He served on many national FAI and SFAI bodies for boy and girls football, indeed a champion of girls football when it was less fashionable, organising and promoting football opportunities for all levels.  This week he was sourcing results/fixtures in his role as one of the National Cup coordinators, such was his dedication but also the shock is even more immense.  

Only last June he was a vital part of the Gaynor Cup team, organising quietly behind the scenes plus continuously rolling out content across the land to dozens of local media outlets for all leagues.   


He was so indispensable he was kept on for the Kennedy Cup and later Inter League Finals organising teams.  A snapshot of a really outstanding football operator. 

Padraigs work with Kerry football is probably immeasurable – he had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the game in the county. His work will have influenced thousands of players, coaches, administrators, referees and everyone associated.


Despite operating in Kerry with fairness and professionalism, it was rare to have a football conversation where he didn’t mention Killarney Celtic, around the table in abbotstown, even when the topic was obliquely related at best.  His care and the sometimes unconscious pull he had for the club was apparent.


The other club that got a mention was Nottingham Forest, very enthused by their return to the Premier League for the current season. 


It is very sad for all of us that knew him through football.  He knew his business, the game, was tough but always affable, we have lost a friend.


Condolences to all his ‘football family’ in Kerry and Killarney Celtic.  We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Padraigs wife Maura, his brother Brendan and all his family and friends.


Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam


SFAI SUBWAY – NATIONAL CUPS – 2022/23 Entry Open

Entry Portal Open

The entry portal for the 2022-23 SFAI SUBWAY National Cups is now open – for BOYS and GIRLS. The entry cost per entry is €25. The closing date for entries is 1st September 2021.
The competition will incorporate SFAI SUBWAY National Shields on a trial basis for the 2022/23 season. These will be played for by sides that are beaten in rounds one and two of the main Cups. Subsequent Shield draws/rounds will unfold in each region to produce ‘round of 32’ National Shield qualifiers on a pro-rata basis to the Cups and onwards to National Shield Finals.

U-12 (2011 and younger)
U-13 (2010 and younger)
U-14 (2009 and younger)
U-15 (2008 and younger)
U-16 (2007 and younger)

Entry Portal




National Cup Un12 Spring/Rams 0-3 St. Kevins Boys 6th March 2022

What a great occasion at the Stephen Ireland Astro Turf, Old Church today where St Kevin’s Boys FC went home with a 3-0 victory over Springfield Ramblers .
It was amazing to have St. Kevin’s Boys with their standing in Irish Schoolboys soccer coming to Cobh. Also amazing was the battle that the young Springfield/Rambers team presented over the course of the match. Yes defeat is hard to take for any young player but this is just the beginning of your journey over the coming years. Make it pain, but channel that pain into determination to improve, learn and do better and turn these defeats into victory when the opportunity arises again….

Well done Paul and the management team for the great work with the team.

All the players can be proud of their display and sportsmanship during and after the match in front of a very appreciative crowd to the talent on show…
We go again 💪


Under 12 Inter league

MSL Blue 1 Carlow S/L 2


DBSIFA Open Day Monday 26th July 2021.

DBS have also added more time slots due to the demand for registrations. Please note DBSIFA are currently looking to facilitate students who have just completed their leaving certificate in 2021 or in 2020. Students going into 6th year this coming September and Students going into 3rd year (September 2021) or Transition Year (September 2021).
Please see the following link & even to book your time slot
You can also contact DBSportsTours on social media if you have any other questions regarding their full time football academy.

Update to Grassroots Protocol…/news/update-to-grassroots-protocol


U-15 SKECHERS National Cup Final

Cherry Orchard FC v St Kevin’s Boys FC
Good Luck to both sets of players – in this delayed Final
Sun, 27th June 2021
Thanks to St Mochtas FC – for hosting the match
and George plus his team at the DDSL Dublin and District Schoolboys League for their organizational work. Good luck to the referees as well.
Skechers Liffey Valley Shopping Centre

Ursula Scully is nominated for FAI Vice President role by SFAI



The Schoolboy Football Association of Ireland has nominated FAI Board member Ursula Scully for the position of FAI Vice-President.


Nenagh based Scully – secretary of the North Tipperary Schoolchildren’s League (NTSFL) – was ratified as a director at the reconvened FAI AGM in December 2019 and her nomination for the vice president’s role was confirmed at a Zoom hosted SFAI Executive meeting this evening.


Should she be successful with her nomination, Scully will create sporting precedent by becoming the first female vice-president in the association’s history.


After working at Kerry Group as a quality services manager, Mrs Scully established her own business in 1999 with her husband. She graduated from the University of Limerick with a qualification in entrepreneurship management.


Scully was nominated for the position by DDSL Chairman Paddy Dempsey and seconded by Martin Kiernan from Cavan-Monaghan Schoolboys and was met with unanimous support from the association.


Scully, via Zoom, said she was delighted and honoured to accept the nomination.


She said it was a huge privilege to accept the nomination and thanked the SFAI for the trust and confidence they placed in her.


The FAI is committed to gender balance principles and committed to welcoming more and more women into leadership.


Scully is blazing a trail for others to follow as she bids to create Irish soccer history.


Jimmy Hackett – RIP

We regret to inform you we have been notified by his family that our long time colleague, Jimmy Hackett, has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly this morning.

Jimmy was a long standing member of the SFAI Council on behalf of the Wicklow SL and went on to serve for many years on its Executive Committee representing Leinster.

During that time Jimmy also acted as the SFAI Child Welfare Officer and contributed to the successful staging of many SFAI National Cup Finals, Inter-League Finals and Kennedy Cup Tournaments.

Jimmy served on the FAI Council and various FAI Standing committees.

Originally a member of the St. Anthony’s club in Kilcoole, Wicklow, Jimmy went on to become Chairman of the club as well as giving years of service to the Wicklow SL where he held office as Hon. Secretary and Chairman amongst others.

Jimmy was always a willing and diligent worker and made many friends with his engaging sense of humour and personality, his passing is a shock and sad loss to the football family.

We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends on this saddest of occasions.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.