League of Ireland to return from August to December if clubs' financial concerns can be resolved

League of Ireland to return from August to December if clubs' financial concerns can be resolved
Charlie Fleming of Cork City and Neil Farrugia of Shamrock Rovers during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at Tallaght Stadium. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

THE League of Ireland is set to return on August 14, provided financial issues can be worked out.

After a zoom call meeting between player delegates from clubs and FAI interim deputy CEO Niall Quinn yesterday, action is set to return on August 14 with a conclusion date of December 11. 

Teams involved in the relegation-playoff series will finish a week later on December 18.

While the German league has restarted behind closed doors and the Premier League are moving towards their comeback, cash from TV rights is a major factor. That isn't the case in Ireland.

Instead of four rounds of fixtures and a total of 36 league games, the season has been halved leaving 18 league fixtures. Most clubs have already played five of those matches, leaving 13 to be fulfilled. 

The FAI Cup will still go ahead and the final is scheduled to be played on November 1 in the Aviva Stadium.

This is another step towards the return of the league, but many clubs are concerned about how the league will be funded, especially given there is likely to be a strict limitation on fans going to games. 

While the majority of players are desperate to play as soon as possible, their employers have yet to be convinced by proposals being made by the FAI. 

Clubs are unwilling to return if it means losing out financially and as of yet the FAI have come up with a package to satisfy their concerns.

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