Welcome to the official website of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland.
The SFAI does not publish its rules on the internet, rules published on any web site are unofficial and unauthorised, the only official source for SFAI rules is its rule book issued by the SFAI to its affiliated Leagues who in turn distribute them on a one per member club basis.
The SFAI IS the governing body for under-age football in the Republic of Ireland and is affiliated to our parent body - the Football Association of Ireland.
The SFAI has been established since 1943 and caters for close to 100,000 players from more than 1,000 clubs through its 32 affiliated Leagues all round the country under the control of a National Council and an Executive Committee.
Each affililated League of the required size has a seat/s on the Council while a number also have a seat on the Executive Committee, in addition a representative from each Province has a seat on the Executive Committee.
The Officer Board consists of the following:
- Vice Chairman
- Honorary Treasurer
- Past Chairman
Contact details for SFAI Council representatives are published under the SFAI COUNCIL tab on this site
Contact details for League Honorary Secretaries are published under the LEAGUES tab on this site.
SFAI national competitions comprised of:
The UMBRO Kennedy Cup Tournament which is held annually in Limerick University when each of the 32 affiliated Leagues enters a squad of twenty U-14 year old players to compete over an entire week with additional competitions for those teams which do not progress to the latter stages of the Kennedy Cup itself.
The SFAI National Cups which are competed for by club teams from the U-12 up to and including the U-16 age groups with the national Finals held each May.
Each club in the country has the option to enter teams in these knockout Cups at their appropriate age and those teams will compete regionally up to the Round of 32 from when a nationwide draw is held to bring the competitions to a finish.
The inter-League competitions which are played for between League representative teams at the U-12, U-13, U-15 and U-16 age catergories on a regional basis with the qualifiers progressing to the knock out stages leading to the National Finals each year.