Thursday 24 October 2019

FAI development plan dealt major blow as schoolboy league opts to return to traditional season schedule

Ruud Dokter
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The Dublin and District Schoolboys’ League have confirmed that they will return to a traditional season schedule after voting to go against the FAI directive around summer football.

The DDSL adopted a summer schedule on a two-season trial, but after a survey was taken among clubs, it was decided to revert back to a September-May schedule from later this year.

FAI High Performance Director Ruud Dokter wanted 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 had enough of postponed fixtures and teams breaking up and their stance was mirrored in the North Dublin schoolboys league, meaning 40,000 players will return to the traditional format from September.

The FAI was far from impressed at a plank of their player development plan (PDP) falling asunder.

They called for a meeting with the DDSL’s top brass but their pleas didn't sway the league’s position of implementing the will of their clubs.

Striker Online is reporting that the DDSL confirmed in a statement issued to clubs that they will once again adopt a traditional schedule from this October.

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