The FAI has launched a Safer Return to Play Protocol for all clubs as a cornerstone of Adult Amateur, underage National Leagues and Underage football permitted to return to full-contact training, including training games between teams from the same club, from June 29th.

Safety measures for players, coaches and referees are included in the protocol which was drawn up by the FAI’s COVID-19 Steering Group in consultation with Medical Director Alan Byrne.

Clubs are authorised to make a full return to playing friendly games from July 11th and competitive matches from July 18th.

The Protocol is based on the latest Government guidelines and advice from the Department of Health and HSE as lockdown measures around COVID-19 ease.

Dates have been set for the resumption and completion of Leagues by the end of the year in the case of both Winter Leagues that need to finish out their campaigns, by September 14th, and Summer competitions, by November 30th.