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Sligo/Leitrim DSL to resume on July 18

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Carbury officials with Covid-19 signage, as required to return to training. Pics: Carl Brennan

Carbury officials with Covid-19 signage, as required to return to training. Pics: Carl Brennan

Carbury officials with Covid-19 signage, as required to return to training. Pics: Carl Brennan

It has been confirmed that the Sligo Leitrim and District Soccer League will return from July 18th, after the FAI's announcement last Friday evening.

Amateur and underage clubs are allowed to return to full contact training from Monday (June 29th) when we enter the next phase of the lifting of restrictions.

All clubs under the jurisdiction of the FAI had been allowed return to training from June 15th, once they followed protocol.

The latest announcement also states that clubs can return to competitive action from July 18th, with friendlies permitted from July 11th.

The statement from the FAI read as follows: The decision to move from cessation to a return to competitive football from July 18th applies to Adult Amateur and Underage football under the jurisdiction of the FAI and will apply to all players, coaches, match officials, club officials, volunteers, parents and guardians.

Work on Safer Return to Football protocols for Football For All and Futsal affiliates is underway and details will be announced in due course.

Under the new Safer Return to Football pathway, the FAI has approved the following measures:

Adult Amateur and Underage football can return to full contact training, including training games between teams from the same club, from June 29th

Adult Amateur and Underage football can return to playing friendly games from July 11th

Adult Amateur and Underage football can return to playing competitive matches from July 18th

All Adult Amateur and Underage Leagues operating a Winter season, who have had applications to extend their 2019-2020 season approved, can resume League fixtures from July 18th and must have all competitions completed by September 14th

All other Adult Amateur and Underage Leagues operating a Winter Season can commence their 2020/21 season from July 18th

All Adult Amateur and Underage Leagues operating a Summer Season can resume/commence from July 18th and must have all competitions completed by November 30th

It has also been confirmed that an application to extend the junior soccer season here in Sligo has been accepted, with the season due to finish by September 14th.

The next round of the Connacht Cup and Shield is expected to take place on July 26th.

Clubs are expected to play two games between the restart (July 18th) and the next round of Connacht, a week later, which means there will be one midweek fixture for teams.

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