The Football Association of Ireland is seeking preliminary expressions of interest from non-SSE Airtricity League clubs or entities to participate in a new National Under 13 League.
The new National Under 13 League, which will begin in March 2019 – and follows the success of the SSE Airtricity Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 National Leagues – will strengthen the elite player pathway across the country.
All SSE Airtricity League clubs will operate a Under 13 side and the FAI are looking for non SSE Airtricity League clubs or entities who would like to join the new structure.
FAI High Performance Director Ruud Dokter believes the creation of the Under 13 league is another important step in improving the structure of Irish domestic football.
Dokter said: “Having witnessed the success of the Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 leagues, it is important we continue to improve the path-way with the creation of an Under 13 league.
“The best players are now playing in the national leagues, working with highly-qualified and educated coaches, and playing with the best and against the best across the country.
“All of these factors guarantee the correct learning and development. Our aim is to continue to put the right structures in place whilst working with and supporting all clubs.
“The growth of the underage structures at all clubs will ultimately lead to better players playing in better teams in a stronger domestic game where we can progress international talent.”
Clubs or entities who intend to express an interest should do so by registered post to the address given below before close of business on Monday October 29, 2018, stating name of club/entity, contact, and current or intended youth development structures.