FAI release guide for all Cork soccer teams ahead of return to training on Monday

FAI release guide for all Cork soccer teams ahead of return to training on Monday
Coronavirus sport: Walter Figueira during a Derry City training session at Aileach FC in Burnfoot, Donegal. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

THE FAI have launched a guide for all soccer clubs returning to training from next Monday.

The Safer Return to Training Protocol document covers all adult amateur and underage teams, including underage National League clubs in the U13, U15, U17 and U19 brackets, ahead of training resuming from June 15.

This also covers League of Ireland teams, such as Cork City, Cobh Ramblers and the Cork City's Women's squad, who are also cleared for their comeback. 

Coronavirus sport: A general view during a Bohemian FC training session at Dalymount Park in Dublin. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Coronavirus sport: A general view during a Bohemian FC training session at Dalymount Park in Dublin. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

There will be at least six weeks before the leagues are resumed, though details have yet to be firmed up with many clubs expressing their concern about financing the comeback if stadia are closed to spectators. 

Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers, Bohemian FC and Derry City, the sides with European action on the horizon later this summer, were back training collectively since today as part of a pilot programme.

The League of Ireland guide is available as a PDF here: https://www.sseairtricityleague.ie/news/fai-launches-sse-airtricity-league-safer-return-to-training-protocol/id-3333

Teams won't be allowed to play matches, even friendlies, for the time being. 

All of the amateur soccer leagues on Leeside, from the schoolboys up to the AUL and MSL, scrapped their 2019-'20 seasons after the three-month hiatus due to Covid-19 lockdown.

Lakewood Athletic players Johnny Galvin and Francis Dalebogek in training at the club's complex in Ovens. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Lakewood Athletic players Johnny Galvin and Francis Dalebogek in training at the club's complex in Ovens. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

For now, all training will be non-contact and carried out while observing social distancing. The maximum in the group at training is 15, which includes coaches, while no free-kicks or corners are allowed in the sessions to minimise contact.

The primary aim of the protocol is to support clubs affiliated with the FAI in protecting the health and safety of the players, coaches and essential personnel within the clubs as they return to the training ground. Department of Health guidelines and Public Health Policy will be followed at all times. A match officials' protocol document is also being prepared.

The FAI explained it "provides a thorough and comprehensive step-by-step explanation to the Pathway that permits all adult amateur and underage football, including underage National League clubs, to return to training on or after next Monday, June 15."

Similar to the GAA document which was released last Friday ahead of its return on June 29: "All clubs must appoint a Covid-19 Compliance Officer and carry out a risk assessment before any return is authorised."

Further specific information will be available to clubs and groups within Football For All through the FAI’s Football for All Department.

The FAI Safer Return to Training Protocol and supporting documents are available to

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