Monday 21 October 2019

Summer soccer in shade

The FAI’s summer soccer crusade could be in tatters after the two largest Dublin schoolboy leagues sought feedback from their clubs on the experiment. Stock photo
The FAI’s summer soccer crusade could be in tatters after the two largest Dublin schoolboy leagues sought feedback from their clubs on the experiment. Stock photo

John Fallon

The FAI's summer soccer crusade could be in tatters after the two largest Dublin schoolboy leagues sought feedback from their clubs on the experiment.

Both the Dublin District Schoolboys' League (DDSL) and North Dublin Schoolboys' League (NDSL) led the way for the FAI by switching from the school year last year. However, the move to playing the campaign from February to October has spectacularly backfired.

Clubs have complained about the lack of games over the holiday season and clashes with GAA fixtures. The same level of resistance has occurred in the amateur adult ranks.

Under the FAI's player development plan (PDP), all 32 underage leagues were issued with a directive by the governing body to enact the change by 2020. With 12 of the leagues, including Cork, stalling on the move, they will all observe with interest the results from the capital survey.

Already, responses to the NDSL exercise ahead of today's deadline indicate a groundswell of support exists for a reversion to the original season. The DDSL have given their clubs until Friday to reply.

St Kevin's Boys were opposed to the experiment and remain convinced it has proved detrimental, rather than beneficial, to player development.

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