Newly promoted Waterford will get their SSE Airtricity Premier Division campaign underway with a home fixture against Derry City at the Regional Sports Centre on Friday, February 16th.
Champions Cork City are on the road in defence of their title travelling to St Patricks Athletic who retained their top-flight status only in the dying stages of last season. More will be expected of the Inchicore side this year.
The most likely game for TV coverage on the opening weekend will be the Dublin derby between Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park.
Dundalk host Bray on the opening weekend while the first round of fixtures is completed at the Showgrounds where Sligo Rovers will host Limerick.
The first meeting of the two sides that have dominated the League over recent seasons will be on March 9th when they meet at Oriel Park.
If the League is close between the two then it is worth marking Friday, September 21st in the diary when the two sides will meet at Turners Cross in the penultimate round of matches.
The First Division season is set to begin a week later on Friday, February 23rd with Galway United set to host local rivals Athlone Town at Eamonn Deacy Park.
Drogheda United and Finn Harps, who were both relegated from the Premier Division last season, will face each other at United Park whilst Shelbourne travel to UCD.
Pat Devlin’s Cabinteely side will host Wexford at Stradbrook whilst Cobh Ramblers travel to Longford Town on Saturday, February 24th to complete the opening weekend of the First Division.
As previously confirmed, there will be 36 Premier Division league games and 27 First Division league games throughout the season.
The Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup final will be played on Sunday, November 4th and the EA SPORTS Cup final will be played on Saturday, September 15th. The President’s Cup final between Dundalk and Cork City will take at Oriel Park on Sunday, February 11th, with kick-off at 2 pm.
Join us in the build-up to the 2018 SSE Airtricity season as we will be talking to sponsors, to the FAI and to the clubs about the work that has taken place in the commercial space over the close season and what the year ahead holds for the League.
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