The dates and times for the first six weeks of a resumed SSE Airtricity League programme have been released with games taking place over three days and five different time slots in the Premier Division.
This will facilitate the live streaming of games though discussions are still believed to be taking place with RTÉ Sport and eir Sport over existing TV arrangements for matches.
Last week we put forward a potential revenue picture of what a streaming package might cost fans and how it might deliver for clubs.
No details on pricing or indeed availability of a stream have been made public yet but the first games will take place on Friday, July 31st when Derry City play host to Sligo Rovers and Dundalk entertain St Patrick’s Athletic. This will be the first game to be broadcast on RTÉ Television.
All being well the final round of matches will take place on the weekend beginning Friday, October 30th with the Promotion / Relegation play oFF final the following week.
The Extra.ie FAI Cup will have an initial two rounds played in August and will then conclude over three weekends in November.
As things stand at the moment crowds of 500, including all players, officials, media and TV or streaming personnel will be allowed into each game, with social distancing observed and enforced.
The FAI Women’s National League is scheduled to start in the second week of August.