Monday 19 August 2019

FAI board demand meeting with Dublin and District Schoolboys’ League after summer football plan rejected

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John Fallon

The FAI board have summoned the Dublin and District Schoolboys’ League to discuss their rebellion against summer football.

Just three months into the second year of the experiment within the largest underage league in the country, a survey of clubs showed a resounding desire to ignore the FAI’s directive.

High performance director Ruud Dokter wants all leagues to operate their season from March to October but deviating from wrapping the campaign around the school calendar has proved a disaster.

Clubs have had enough of postponed fixtures and teams breaking up. Their stance has been mirrored in the North Dublin schoolboys league, meaning 40,000 players will return to the traditional format from September.

However, the FAI are far from impressed at a plank of their player development plan (PDP) falling asunder.

They have called for a meeting this week with the DDSL’s top brass but their pleas are unlikely to sway the league’s position of implementing the will of their clubs.

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