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FORMATS ANNOUNCED FOR NEW SSE AIRTRICITY UNDERAGE SEASON

By JOHN HUDSON

The FAI National League Executive Committee (NLEC) have agreed the formats for the return of all four of the SSE Airtricity League Underage Divisions and the fixtures for the the season are expected be released next weekend.

The Leagues will now begin a truncated 2020 season with a full programme of fixtures over the weekend of Saturday August 15 and Sunday August 16.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the complete close down of all football in March forced the postponement of the start of the Under-Age Leagues but with restrictions having been eased they will now commence in August in accordance with the FAI Safer Return to Play Protocol.

Each league will play a shortened season in smaller groups to localise matches as much as possible.

There will be five groups in the Under 13, Under 17 and Under 19 leagues with six groups at the Under 15 level.  

A knock-out competition will follow in either the League final stages or the subsequent Shield competition.

Both the Under-13 and the Under 17 leagues will comprise of five groups with the groups of four set to play each other twice whilst a group of six will play each other once.

The top team in each group will qualify for the final stages plus the three best runners-up.

Those teams will then go into two groups of four and play each other once with the top two teams set to contest the final.

It has also been decided that the Under 17 league final will be two-legged affair.

All other teams will compete in a Shield competition with the format to be confirmed at a later date.

The Under 15 league will be made up of six groups comprising of five groups of four plus one of five.

The teams in all six groups will play each other twice with the top team from each group and the two best runners-up set to qualify for the final stages.

Finally the Under 19 league, will consist of five groups of four teams.

Each team will play the other twice with the top team from each group and the three best runners-up set to qualify for the final stages.

Those final eight teams will then be grouped into two groups of four with the top team in each group going on to contest a two-legged final.

SSE Airtricity UNDER 13 LEAGUE 

Group One

Derry City

Finn Harps

Cavan-Monaghan FC

Sligo Rovers

Group Two

Cork City

Kerry League

Klub Kildare

Waterford FC

Group Three

Athlone Town

Galway United

Longford Town

Mayo League

Group Four

Bray Wanderers

Shamrock Rovers

UCD AFC

Wexford FC

Group Five

Bohemians

Cabinteely FC

Drogheda United

Dundalk

Shelbourne

St Patrick’s Athletic

SSE AIRTRICITY  UNDER 15 LEAGUE

Group One

Derry City

Finn Harps

Cavan-Monaghan FC

Sligo Rovers

Group Two

Cork City

Cobh Ramblers

Kerry League

Limerick FC

Group Three

Athlone Town

Galway United

Longford Town

Mayo League

Group Four

Bray Wanderers

Cabinteely FC

Shamrock Rovers

UCD AFC

Group Five

Carlow/Kilkenny FC

Klub Kildare

Waterford FC

Wexford FC

Group Six

Bohemians

Drogheda United

Dundalk

Shelbourne

St Patrick’s Athletic

SSE AIRTRICITY UNDER 17 LEAGUE

Group One

Derry City

Finn Harps

Longford Town

Sligo Rovers

Group Two

Cork City

Cobh Ramblers

Kerry League

Limerick FC

Group Three

Carlow/Kilkenny FC

Waterford FC

Wexford FC

UCD AFC

Group Four

Athlone Town

Bray Wanderers

Galway United

Shamrock Rovers

Group Five

Bohemians

Cabinteely FC

Drogheda United

Dundalk

Shelbourne

St Patrick’s Athletic

SSE AIRTRICITY UNDER 19 LEAGUE

Group One

Derry City

Finn Harps

Longford Town

Sligo Rovers

Group Two

Cork City

Cobh Ramblers

Kerry League

Waterford FC

Group Three

Cabinteely FC

Shelbourne

UCD AFC

Wexford FC

Group Four

Athlone Town

Bray Wanderers

Galway United

Shamrock Rovers

Group Five

Bohemians

Drogheda United

Dundalk

St Patrick’s Athletic

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