The recent decision
by the Leinster Football Association and the Football Association
of Ireland that Under 19 football is the responsibility of junior
leagues, allows the Amateur Football League provide Under 19 Division
football next season. (To be played on Sundays, pm.).
One of the main reasons
for the merger of the two leagues (AFL and NDSL) in 2002 was the
AFL were the first junior league providing Under 19
football successfully for a number of years. It was to allow clubs
progress the development of their players from Schoolboy football,
to Under 19 Football and then to Junior and with the benefits of
the North Dublin Schoolboys/girls League and its Academy, progress
to Airtricity League Football, with the possibility of gaining International
Football honours without having to leave Ireland.
The AFL Executive
believe a strong Schoolboy/girls Club together with junior clubs
can plan for the future, safe in the knowledge that the excellent
facilities available in the Oscar Traynor Coaching and Development
Centre in Coolock Dublin 17 are available for player development.
It is their intention that players will be required to fill out
FAI approved individual player registration form, confirmed by a
parent or guardian showing their date of birth, which has to Under
19 on the 1st January 2013. All the other rules of the AFL, LFA
and FAI for junior football are applicable.
The Under 19 Manager
is Bob Donnelly and he can be contacted by phone at 01-8420674 or
To encourage this
player and club development initiative, the Amateur Football League
is not charging League affiliation fees or individual player registration
fees for Under 19 football. The only financial outlay for the clubs
are; 50% of the standard cost of the referee; and the use of the
football pitch and kitting out the players, plus normal costs of
running a club. Our Honorary Referee Officer John Whelan will allocate
the referees and will monitor their performance on an ongoing basis
ensuring the standard and performance will be as high as possible.
We look forward to you coming on board.
The formation meeting
takes place in the Oscar Traynor Sports Centre Conference Facility,
Coolock Lane, Dublin 17 on Monday 9th July at 7.30pm. Visit amateurfootballleague.com
webpage scroll down on Home page ie Other AFL info and you can read
all the details.
The Amateur Football
League Executive Committee
Noel Kennelly Honorary Secretary