May 25, 2024

SDFL – South Dublin Football League

SDFL Introduction

The South Dublin Football League, based in its’ own soccer complex in Ballyowen, Lucan Co. Dublin, was established in 1972. The primary role of the League is to promote the sport of soccer through the provision of football fixtures and competitions.

Competitive football matches are run from the age of seven up to and including eighteen year olds. The SDFL accepts soccer clubs from south of the river Liffey in Dublin and surrounding areas. Since 2006 all footballers, boys and girls, are eligible to play for SDFL clubs once they have registered with the League.

Under current legislation girls may not play on the boys soccer teams after their 13th year. The soccer season begins the on the first weekend in September and continues to the end of May of the following year.

The playing season is usually suspended for periods around the Christmas and Easter school holidays. Eligibility to play for a team is based upon age. For example, to play for the under 10s team in the 2008 / 2009 season a player must have been born on or after 1st Jan 1998.

SDFL Member Club Meetings

Meetings for all League member soccer clubs are conducted in the evenings at 8 o’clock in the SDFL Complex in Lucan on the first Monday of each month. On bank holidays SDFL meetings are usually postponed until the following Monday. In general, club meetings are not held in September or January.

SDFL Football Divisions

  • boys and girls under 7, 8, 9 and 10 years on the 1st of January in the current season
  • boys and girls under 11 years on the 1st of January in the current season
  • boys and girls under 12 years on the 1st of January in the current season
  • boys and girls under 13 years on the 1st of January in the current season
  • boys and girls under 14 years on the 1st of January in the current season
  • boys and girls under 15 years on the 1st of January in the current season
  • boys and girls under 16 years on the 1st of January in the current season
  • boys and girls under 17 years on the 1st of January in the current season
  • boys and girls under 18 years on the 1st of January in the current season

Duration of SDFL Soccer Matches

  • Under 7 8 & 9 – 20 minutes each way
  • Under 10 – 25 minutes each way
  • Under 11 – 12 and 13, 30 minutes each way
  • Under 14 – 35 minutes each way
  • Under 15 and 16 – 40 minutes each way
  • Under 17 and 18 – 45 minutes each way


SDFL Soccer Competition Formats

  • All small sided games are for age groups up to Under 10s.
  • All small sided teams play in League and League Cup competitions.
  • All eleven-a-side teams play in League and knockout Cup competitions.
  • League Cups will be run for eleven-a-side teams time permitting.
  • Teams playing in League competitions will be awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a defeat.
  • The team with the most points gained will be declared League Champions while the team with the second best points total will be declared League runner-up.
  • Should there be a tie on points for either position a one game knockout play off will be staged to determine final placings, any such play off will be subject to extra time and the FIFA penalty rule if required.
  • In knockout cups all teams at their relevant age group will be entered into an open draw to determine home advantage and all knockout cup games shall be decided on the day by the use of extra time and FIFA penalty kicks if required.
  • In League Cup competitions all teams will be placed in groups for the initial stages and the competition will be concluded by a knockout phase, the details of which will be advised.
  • Medals will be awarded to all winning and runners-up teams at all age groups in all competitions.

SDFL Soccer Leagues and Cups

U-8 Leagues
8 div 1
8 div 2
8 div 3
8 div 4
8 div 5
8 div 6U-10 Leagues
10 div 1
10 div
10 div 3
10 div 4
10 div 5U-12 Leagues
12 Premier
12 div 1
12 div 2
12 div 3

U-14 Leagues
14 Premier
14 div 1
14 div 2

U-8 League Cups
8 Catherine O’Farrell Cup
8 Premier League Cup
8 Willie Power Lge Cup
8 Major 1 League Cup
8 Major 2 League CupU-10 League Cups
10 Kevin Keogh Lge Cup
10 Premier League Cup
10 Major 1 League Cup
10 Major 2 League CupU-12 Cups
12 Pat White Cup
12 Marie O’Reilly Cup

U-12 League Cups
12 Premier League Cup
12 Major League Cup

U-14 Cups
14 Blessington Cup
14 Major Cup
Under-14 League Cups

14 Premier Lge Cup
14 Major League Cup


U-9 Leagues
9 div 1
9 div 2
9 div 3
9 div 4
9 div 5U-11 Leagues
11 Saturday
11 Premier
11 div 1
11 div 2
11 div 3U-13 Leagues
13 Premier
13 div 1
13 div 2

U-15 Leagues
15 Premier
15 div 1

U-16 Leagues
16 Premier
16 div 1

U-17 Leagues
17 Premier
17 div 1


Under-9 League Cups
9 Stephen Stewart Cup
9 Premier League Cup
9 Major 1 League Cup
9 Major 2 League CupU-11 Cups
11 Paul Stewart Cup
11 Tony Palmer Cup
Under-11 League Cups
11 Willie Madden Lge Cup
11 Premier League CupU-13 Cups
13 Celtic Horizon Tours Cup
13 James Lee Cup
Under-13 League Cup
13 Premier League Cup

U-15 Cup
15 MMI Cup

U-16 Cup
16 John Giles Cup
Under-16 League Cup
16 League Cup AFC

U-17 Cup
17 Tom Lyne Cup

U-17 League Cup
17 League Cup

SDFL Contact Details

SDFL Address

South Dublin Football League
SDFL Complex
Ballyowen Park
Co. DublinMonday to Friday : 10-00am to 3-00pmPHONE: 01-4578020 or 01-4578025
FAX: 01-4578035

Match results should be emailed to: Results
Inquiries, comments, news or other contributions should be emailed to: Bootroom

SDFL Website

SDFL Website
Rory Walsh: Phone 01-4932588 or 086-8150239
Chief Executive
Michael O’Brien: Phone 01-4571188
Honorary Treasurer
Sean O’Keeffe: Phone 01-2888191 or 087-6815600
Assistant Honorary Treasurer
Michael Sullivan: Phone 01-6281034
Chris Robertson: Phone 01-2892294 or 086-8389940
Vice Chairman
Francis Fagan: Phone 01-4518501 or 087-9079066
Brendan Finn: Phone 087-6748972
Betty Glasgow: Phone 01-4552360 or 086-8928750
Dermot Rowe: Phone 086-8150039
James Walker: Phone 01-6281938 or 086-6082713
Tom Healy: Phone 01-6240192

SDFL Representatives on other Soccer Committees

Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland
Mr. Michael O’Brien – Vice Chairman
Mr. Rory Walsh – Executive Committee Member
FAI Underage Committee
Mr. Michael O’Brien

SDFL Referees

Click for a list of SDFL Referees

SDFL Soccer Clubs

This is a list of some of the soccer clubs affiliated to the South Dublin Football League and linked to their directory entry in where available:

AFC Aylesbury – AFC Belgrave – Ardmore Rovers – Ashwood FC – Ballyoulster United
– Ballyowen Celtic – Beechpark FC – Beechwood FC – Belmont FC – Black Diamonds –
Blessington FC – Booth Road Celtic – Broadford Rovers – Brookfield Celtic – Cabinteely FC
Carriglea FC – Cashel Celtic – Castle Celtic FC – Confey FC – Dalkey United AFC
Eamonn Ceannt – Esker Celtic – Firhouse Carmel FC – Granada FC – Greenhills Boys – Iveagh Trust YC – James United – Kill Celtic – Kingswood FC – Knocklyon Utd – – Knockmitten Utd – Lakelands Youths FC – Liffey’s Pearse – Liffey Valley Rangers – Lucan United – Mount Merrion Youths FC – Newtown Rangers AFC – Oatfield FC – Orchard Celtic – Park Celtic FC – Park Vale FC – Peamount United – Railway Union – Rangers AFC – Rathcoole Boys FC – Rathgar FC – Shankill FC – St James Athletic FC – St John Bosco FC – St Maelruan’s – St Mary’s Boys – Springmakealy Colts – Tallaght Rovers – Templeogue United – Terenure FC – Tymon Bawn FC – Tymon Celtic – Usher Celtic – Valeview Shankill SFC – Wayside Celtic FC – Whitechurch Utd – Woods United

NOTE: If your team is missing from this list please contact

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