The FAI has confirmed that the final of the Evoke.ie FAI Women’s Cup is set for Sunday, November 6, with kick-off at 3 pm at Tallaght Stadium, with the Extra.ie FAI Men’s Cup final taking place a week later on Sunday, November 13, with kick-off at 3 pm at the Aviva Stadium.

The confirmation came as the draws were made for the first round of both competitions.

It was also announced that as part of the No Referee, No Game campaign, all sides competing in the first round of matches in each tournament will perform a guard of honour for their match officials ahead of kick-off.

In the Evoke.ie Women’s First Round draw, Finglas United will travel to Peamount United while Sligo Rovers will host Douglas Hall and Cork City will welcome Bonagee United. Byes to the second round were awarded to 2021 WNL champions Shelbourne and current Evoke.ie FAI Women’s Cup holders Wexford Youths WFC.

The draw for the first round of the Extra.ie FAI Men’s Cup features Cork City set to travel to their local rivals Cobh Ramblers whilst Shamrock Rovers head to non-league Bangor Celtic and the holders St. Patrick’s Athletic face First Division Waterford.

Games will take place on the weekend of July 31st, with dates and kick-off times for both competitions to be confirmed in due course.

FAI President Gerry McAnaney was joined by Irish women’s team legend and FAI Centenary Hall of Famer Paula Gorham for the women’s draw while Dick O’Hanlon, who refereed the 1997 FAI Cup final between Shelbourne and Derry City, was alongside Gerry for the men’s draw.

“We are honoured to continue our sponsorship of both the Extra.ie and EVOKE.ie FAI cups which represents a decade of support of the FAI,” said DMG CEO Paul Henderson speaking on behalf of the sponsors.

“We are delighted both the men’s and women’s draws are taking place on the same day, giving the Women’s cup the equal status it deserves. This is the first time it has happened in this, the oldest Cup competition on the FAI’s calendar, so it’s an exciting time for women’s football and something we’re very proud to be part of.”

“The draw for the first round of both the EVOKE.ie FAI Women’s Cup and the Extra.ie FAI Men’s Cup is always a time of great excitement for supporters of all Women’s National League and League of Ireland clubs,” added League of Ireland Director Mark Scanlon. “We were delighted to host both draws at FAI HQ today and look forward to some really exciting games in both competitions in July.”

“As always we thank Paul Henderson and everyone at EVOKE.ie and Extra.ie for their ongoing support of our senior women’s and senior men’s cup competitions, two of the most iconic competitions in Irish football,” concluded FAI CEO Jonathan Hill.

“EVOKE.ie and Extra.ie are market leaders in Ireland and like us are committed to a digital future that best serves Irish football.”

 

 

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