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Friday 18 April 2014

Three FAI International Football awards nominees announced

Tom O'Shea, FAI Regional Manager for South, with all the latest soccer news

THE FAI with primary sponsor Three, has announced the nominations for the 23rd 'Three' FAI International Football Awards, which will take place on Sunday February 3 at RTÉ studios, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. The awards will be broadcast live on RTÉ Two at 8pm and streamed live on RTÉ.ie within the Republic.

Among the nominees are; James McCarthy, Kevin Doyle and Keith Andrews who have been nominated for the Senior International Player of the Year Award. James McCarthy picks up another nomination along with Robbie Brady and Seamus Coleman for the Young Player of the Year Award.

Three goals have been nominated for the Three International Goal of the Year. The nominees are; Marc Wilson for his long distance strike against the Faroe Islands in the World Cup Qualifier Group C clash (16/10/12), Robbie Brady for his debut goal against Oman in September (11/9/11) while Kevin Doyle is nominated for his last minute decider over Kazakhstan which helped Ireland secure a vital three points in our opening Group C World Cup Qualifier last September (7/9/12).

Current Shamrock Rovers duo Jason McGuinness and Mark Quigley, along with Sligo Rovers midfielder Danny Ventre have all been given the nod as nominees for the Airtricity League Player of the Year Award.

The nominations, which were chosen by a panel from the Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland, are divided into 18 categories. Among the awards being presented at the special ceremony, a former Republic of Ireland great will be inducted into the FAI's Hall of Fame, while there will also be a Special Merit Award, and an International Personality of the Year Award, all of which will be announced at the event. Ireland versus Poland - Fans' friendly information

There will be a lot of Fan Friendly activity around the forthcoming international friendly with Poland at the Aviva Stadium on February 6. The Irishtown Stadium in Ringsend (10 minute walk from the stadium) is the venue and activities will run from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Two parts, which will overlap (1) Main supporters 11 aside match

(2) Series of 5-a-side friendly matches. The activities will be managed by a team of 10 FAI coaches. They will mix teams so that Polish people play alongside Irish people to encourage good interaction. Bibs, balls will all be provided. Participants just need to bring their own playing gear. All surfaces are artificial.

The event will be free for all participants. There will be shower facilities, dressing rooms, cloak rooms for storing bags while playing, free food and music.

There will also be an urban football challenge warm up area with fun skill challenges including tyres, street signs, bins etc. where participants will have to kick the ball off signs / into bins etc. The emphasis is on fun and participation.

Spotkanie kibiców przed meczem Polska – Irlandia 6 luty, godz. 14:30 – 16:30, Irishtown Stadium Ringsend (10 min od Stadionu AVIVA)

Dwie czêsci (odbywajace siê w tym samym czasie)

1) Mecz jedenastek reprezentujacych narodowe organizacje kibiców Polski i Irlandii

2) Towarzyskie rozgrywki druzyn 5-osobowych, koordynowane przez 10osobowy zespót trenerów FAI (Irlandzkiej Federacji Pitkarskiej). Druzyny bêda mieszane, polskoirlandzkie, co sprzyjac bêdzie miêdzynarodowej integracji. Pitki i koszulki z numerami dla poszczególnych druzyn sa zapewnione prze organizatorów. Uczestnicy musza przyniesc jedynie strój sportowy. Wszystkie powierzchnie bêda sztuczne

Udziat w spotkaniu jest bezptatny dla wszystkich uczestników. Organizatorzy zapewniaja dostêp do prysznicy, przebieralni oraz szatni, w których mozna bêdzie przechowac rzeczy, a takze muzykê i darmowe jedzenie.

Dodatkowo dostêpna bêdzie strefa Urban football, gdzie uczestnicy bêda zmagac siê z wyzwaniami typu wbicie gola do pojemnika na odpadki albo odbicie pitki od znaku drogowego. Licza siê przede wszystkim dobra zabawa i uczestnictwo.

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