Saturday 24 August 2019

Clubs want winter football

THE FAI face a headache over the future scheduling of the League of Ireland -- after a majority of clubs said they would prefer a return to winter football at a summit in Athlone on Monday night.

With clubs having already agreed to stay under the FAI's control beyond 2011, they were invited to send proposals to Abbotstown outlining their vision for the future. The introduction of a 16-team Premier Division is their main aim, but a vote in favour of switching back to a winter campaign was passed by 12 votes to nine. Summer football was introduced in 2003, and is credited with delivering improved results in European competition.

However, a number of regional clubs feel their crowds have dropped due to clashes with the GAA, holidays and alternative attractions. They believe moving the calendar back in line with the UK might also remove player registration problems.

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