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Closed doors football will shine light on LOI standards

Daniel McDonnell


The absence of crowds means players must deliver the colour in window of opportunity

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Lilywhite delight: Dundalk captain Brian Gartland lifts last season’s Premier Division trophy – he and his team-mates will aim for more of the same when the season resumes after the enforced break. Photo: Sportsfile

Lilywhite delight: Dundalk captain Brian Gartland lifts last season’s Premier Division trophy – he and his team-mates will aim for more of the same when the season resumes after the enforced break. Photo: Sportsfile

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Lilywhite delight: Dundalk captain Brian Gartland lifts last season’s Premier Division trophy – he and his team-mates will aim for more of the same when the season resumes after the enforced break. Photo: Sportsfile

The League of Ireland is back, just not as we know it.

For all that Irish senior football is engaged in a neverending battle to win extra supporters, the live atmosphere is one of its main selling points. Muting that will result in a very different experience – for players and viewers.

Remember, it was the last summer division in Europe to construct a return-to-play plan because of a reliance on gate receipts.