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The FAI was forced to abandon the national juvenile leagues following government advice

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The FAI was forced to abandon the under-13 and under-19 leagues following health advice from the Irish Sports Council.

The Eagles were able to advance the schedule until Oct. 16 without confirming the Kovid-19 cases between players and staff.

The revival of the cases prompted the government to suspend all minor leagues at the time, but the clubs received their final three series match lists, starting this Saturday.

National league clubs were asked whether they wanted to participate in the resumption of juvenile national leagues.

The Bray Wanderers, who initially indicated their desire to retire, eventually agreed to finish the season but left Derry City and Longford Town.

Following the national transition from Level 5 to Level 3, FII revealed on Tuesday that it was “awaiting clarification on how the restrictions will affect juvenile elite football and will update its affiliates as soon as possible”.

The association has now conceded defeat in an attempt to restart all their leagues based on the latest health and safety advice.

Like the Minor GAA and the Harling Championships, the Under-17 and Under-19 should be active again in the coming days. They have two series left with the cup final.

The Medical Director of FAI, Dr. Alan Byrne was appointed to the government’s ‘Return to Sport’ medical expert group in May.

They were tasked with finalizing the “return to training, return to football protocols”.

Five juvenile national leagues, SSE AirTricity juvenile leagues and the women’s national U17 league have been postponed.

Adult amateur, like underage grassroots football, is only allowed to train underage elite teams in a non-contact environment and on 15 pods, subject to current government guidelines.

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School boys / girls leagues plan to run fixtures by mid-January.

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