Clubs Given Start dates for Euro Competitions

The restart of the SSE Airtricity League moved a step closer after a more positive meeting between the FAI and clubs yesterday.

While there is no more money in the ‘restart’ pot as yet, and none fully and finally confirmed, there was a more positive response from last week with the likelihood of costs reducing around the need for bio secure location of games.

Everything will still be fully in line with public health guidelines but the gradual easing of those means there is more left to play with for clubs looking to make themselves financially viable in a behind closed doors or limited capacity scenario.

No dates yet then but at least the five clubs engaged in European Competition can open up their diaries.

Dundalk will be in action in the first qualifying round of next season’s UEFA Champions League on August 18th or 19th. The game will be decided in a single tie. Countries have until August 3rd to confirm team entries, after which time the draw will be made. It gives little time for preparation for what could be an away game on the furthest shores of the continent but that is something that the club will take on happily.

Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians and Derry City will begin their Europa League campaign on August 27 in the first qualifying round.

Women’s National League Champions Peamount United are set to begin their European campaign in the UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifying round mini-tournaments, played between October 7 and 13.

The draw for the qualifying groups will take place in the first week of September.

This is potentially something that the FAI could put themselves forward to stage, if public health measures and travel restrictions have eased.

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