FAI formally extends the no-activity instructions
The other day, the Football Association of Ireland announced an extension to the cessation of all football under its jurisdiction, until April 19 inclusive, following directives from Government, the Department of Health and UEFA.

The decision to extend a deadline for the return to football has been taken in light of the ever-growing threat posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and in the best interests of players, coaches, volunteers, supporters and staff. This decision will continue to be monitored on an ongoing basis.

The FAI is in communication with the Department of Health and UEFA on COVID-19 and will continue to follow all government guidelines. The Association advises all members, volunteers and stakeholders to respect the HSE guidelines on social distancing during this pandemic.

The Association remains committed to a June return for the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland. Regular meetings are ongoing with representatives from the National League Executive Committee and the Professional Footballers’ Association of Ireland to help our clubs and players through this difficult time.

FAI Medical Director Dr. Alan Byrne has again advised the FAI that in the current exceptional circumstances, clubs should not engage in collective training during the cessation period for all football activity under the FAI’s jurisdiction.

This recommendation is based on the government’s desire to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and Dr. Byrne strongly advises against clubs training during this cessation period which runs until April 19 inclusive.

In the meantime please continue to look after yourselves and do take a minute to review the HSE Coronavirus pages, how to best protect yourself and those close to you and, specifically, how to best wash your hands – all good sense.

We’ll continue to review the situation and will be guided by advice from the Government, FAI and HSE.