Irish FA statement on health protection regulations
17 October: The Irish Football Association notes both the new Health Protection Regulations which were made at 10.30pm on Friday 16 October which came into effect immediately, and that spectators will still be admitted at elite sporting events which are allowed under the regulations. This will include the NIFL Danske Bank Premiership matches, where the 2020/2021 season has this weekend begun. Ground capacities for these games will be determined by the local safety authority.
Covid-19 return to football update
July 17: Whilst spectators are still not permitted at football matches at any level, we have this afternoon, received clarification in relation to parents attending under age games (U-18 and below). Where a parent or guardian is transporting a child to a game, they are deemed to be assisting with the fixture and are therefore permitted to attend.
The Irish FA has issued an updated document looking ahead to measures introduced from Monday 8 June to help an incremental return to grassroots football returning in Northern Ireland.
Download the Covid-19 recovery plan update document below.
IFA and NI sports bodies urge Executive to reconsider financial support available to clubs
April 28: The Irish Football Association, together with Ulster GAA, Ulster Rugby and the Northern Ireland Sports Forum, has written to the Department for the Economy and the Department of Finance to urge that larger clubs across the country be made eligible for the Small Business Grant Scheme and that the Business Rates Relief Scheme be made available for those businesses with a Net Asset Value (NAV) in excess of £51k.
Covid-19 | A guide for football in Northern Ireland
April 9: The Irish FA alongside the Northern Ireland Football League, have produced a document designed for the entire football community in Northern Ireland on support they can avail of during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. You can download the document below.
NI centurion hails the ‘gladiators’ in coronavirus pandemic frontline
April 7: Northern Ireland Senior Women defender Julie Nelson has applauded a raft of current and former female international players who are working for the NHS and other essential services in the front line during the coronavirus crisis.
Irish FA Foundation adapting to new working environment
April 3: With most of its staff usually out and about staging everything from coaching sessions to educational workshops and small-sided games, the Irish FA Foundation is having to implement a new style of working during the coronavirus outbreak.