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 https://dbsifa.com/openday/
You can also contact DBSportsTours on social media if you have any other questions regarding their full time football academy.

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.


THE DRAW: SFAI Skechers National Cups 2020/21 Draw Complete

The draw for the SFAI Skechers National Cups took place over the weekend, and the full draws for the first three/four rounds is now available on SFAI.ie.

This season has seen a record number of entries in the competition across the five ages, and huge thanks goes to the 422 clubs that have entered almost 1,500 teams.

The competition is scheduled to kick off on the weekend of 17th/18th October, however, this is pending any COVID-19 related restrictions.







North Leinster: 


South Leinster: 


South East: 


South West:





SFAI Skechers National Cups 2020/21 Entry Now OPEN

The SFAI Skechers National Cups 2020/21 online entry system has now opened, and will remain open until 30th September 2020.

Supported by Sportlomo, the online system allows clubs to enter multiple teams across the five age groups.

The SFAI Skechers National Cups featured almost 1,500 teams last season, with clubs from right across Ireland entering teams at various ages.

The competition sees teams play in their region, before entering the open draw in the National Round of 32, while the Regional element of the competition sees 40 Finals take place.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the start date for the competition will be later than in previous years – with the opening weekend being fixed for October 17th/18th 2020.

A full calendar of dates will be issued to all league secretaries in the coming weeks.

Clubs wishing to enter can do so by clicking HERE


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Under 15 (2006)

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Entry for the SFAI Skechers National Cups 2020/21 to open soon

As the 2020/21 season kicks off for many over the coming weeks, a reminder that entry for the season’s SFAI Skechers National Cups will open shortly.

The 2019/20 season has been unlike any other due to the outbreak of COVID-19, and while restrictions have been lessened in recent weeks, we all must remain vigilant.

As usual, entry will be through the SFAI Skechers National Cup online entry system.

Al league secretaries will be notified as soon as the system is open, while posts will appear across the SFAI’s social channels.

Many thanks for your patience and we look forward to welcoming many of you into the 2020/21 competition.


Carrigaline Utd clinch SFAI Skechers National Cup for first time while St Kevin’s Boys complete National Cup double

Home Farm FC played host to three superb SFAI Skechers National Cup Finals last Sunday, with St Kevin’s Boys taking home the U12 and U14 titles, and Carrigaline Utd claiming a first ever SFAI National Cup.

Under the current restrictions, the finals were played in a behind closed doors setting, with limited entry for parents/guardians and club officials.

However, thanks to Fulltime Productions, best known for their work on the SFAI New Balance Kennedy Cup, all three games were streamed live.

The day begun with the U12 final between Shamrock Rovers and St Kevin’s Boys.

In what was a thrilling tie, full of great football and chances, it was St Kevin’s Boys that eventually broke the deadlock in the first period of extra-time after the game had ended 0-0.

Paddy Brides header at the backpost gave the local side the edge, and Jake Scott confirmed the result in the second period of extra-time when he netted from close range.

It was a fourth U12 title in a row for St Kevin’s Boys and the club would be celebrating again later in the day.

Next up was the intriguing U16 SFAI Skechers National Cup Final between Carrigaline United and Cherry Orchard.

United had never won an SFAI National Cup, while Cherry Orchard were looking to add yet another national crown to their illustrious record.

The game started at a frantic pace, and Conor Ryder had the Dubliners in front early on, however, Adam Costello equalised soon after.

Mitchell Cassin put the Orchard in front again in the first half, but back came Costello with just minutes remaining to score a wonderful goal from distance to take the tie into extra-time.

The young striker went on to bag his hat-trick from the penalty spot to put United in front for the first time, but Ryan Fahey levelled with a header to force penalties.

Jack Cullen was then the hero for the Cork youngsters, saving three spot-kicks to see the Barry Cup on its way to Carrigaline.

The day of the finals ended with the U14 SFAI Skechers National Cup Final between St Kevin’s Boys and Shamrock Rovers.

A depleted Rovers team scored early, but St Kevin’s were in front before the break, and they added further goals in the second half.

Mark Tarzan Isong netted four times for the winners, while young Leon McClaren came off the bench to score a wonderful goal for Rovers before the final whistle.

Visit the SFAI’s Facebook page to watch the three finals in full.


FAI Suspends All Football Activity In Kildare, Laois and Offaly Until Further Notice

The FAI has this evening announced the suspension of all football activities in Kildare, Laois and Offaly following announcements from Government earlier today.

The statement from the association can be found below.

Following this evening’s announcement by An Taoiseach Micheal Martin introducing local restrictions in counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly, the Football Association of Ireland is now suspending all football activity in those counties until further notice.

This suspension includes all matches and organised training. The FAI has also called off all INTERSPORT Elverys Summer Soccer Schools in the affected counties for the next two weeks. Full refunds will be made available to all participants.

The FAI would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused and would encourage everyone involved in the game to follow the Government and Health Service Executive (HSE) guidelines.