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Alliance league is finally under way

THE NEW Alliance League competition, in which the Wicklow and District Schoolboys /Girls League (WDSL) have this have joined forces with South Dublin Football League (SDFL) and Kildare and District Schoolboys /Girls League (KDSL), will finally kick off this coming weekend after the start was delayed by seven days.

Matches were originally pencilled in for weekend just gone (Saturday/Sunday January 16 and 17). But they were postponed after both South Dublin and Kildare issued a blanket call-off of all matches.

The new competition will be run on a league basis, comprising of Premier and Major Division teams from the three League's.

The Premier consists of nine side's, three each from Wicklow, South Dublin and Kildare.

And the Major section has eight teams - two Wicklow clubs' and three each from South Dublin and Kildare.

Each team will only play each other once, but every team will have the same amount of home and away games.

Every competing team will must also sign a participation agreement.

With SFAI rules applying, each league will play their own Cup competitions on the same weekends, and National Cup as well as Inter-League matches will take priority over the Alliance League.

Fixtures for the U14 competition will be set and updated by the WDSL, with results and tables also appearing on the WDSL web-site.

The reasoning behind the move is to try and improve the standard of football in the three league's.

It will be run only at U14 Premier Division level. But if it proves successful, the competition will be expanded to include the Premier

Division age groups of between U11 to U16 from January 2011. The Alliance League competition formations are as follows:

PREMIER DIVISION: Wicklow Rov A, Arklow Town A, Aughrim Rgs (WDSL); Ardmore Rov, Brookfield Cel, Cabinteely FC (SDFL); Edenderry Town, Kilcullen AFC, Kilcock Celtic (KFL).

MAJOR DIVISION: St. Patrick's, Wolfe Tone YC (WDSL); Clane Utd, Newbridge Town, Arlington AFC (KFL); Greenhills Boys, Dalkey Utd AFC, Peamount Utd (SDFL).

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE of the WDSL held a successful an information session from which clubs were filled in on the FAI's "Don't X The Line campaign".

The meeting was staged last Thursday (January 14th) at Rathnew AFC's clubhouse in Shamrock Park.

Paul Martyn FAI from the FAI gave a speech on the drive to club officials, and then held a questions and answers segment.

It was agreed by those present to take the matters back to the clubs.

And to further express their views at the WDSL's next monthly management meeting on Thursday January 28th in Rathnew.

In recent times, abusive behaviour, aggression and racist comments are driving people away from the game in their droves, and something is needed

In an effort to reverse this alarming trend, the Don't X The Line initiative attempts to promote an environment for fair play and educate people of all ages the importance of respect and tolerance in grass roots football.

It also aims to protect children and referees, and bring back sportsmanship and fair play within junior, youth and schoolboy football.