- 2017 Coaching Courses Announced
- Team Ireland Call Ups.
- AGM 2016 Review
- Boom in entries for 2017 European Club Competitions
- Volunteer role vacancies
- Junior Football 2016 Champions
- Record number of teams enter for the 2017 kitted football season
- Belfast Trojans competing in the Atlantic Cup
- Irish representatives elected to key positions at IFAF Congress in Paris
- 2016 Junior Football Season Kicked Off
Contact football has been played in Ireland since 1984 when the first training session was held in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Fast forward to today, and we have a number of contact football programmes to cater for players aged 16 and up.
In 2016, we have 23 clubs playing across three Senior Conferences; the Shamrock Bowl Conference (SBC), IAFL1 and IAFL2. Our premier conference, the SBC, currently has 9 clubs participating from around the country. The current SBC champions are the Belfast Trojans, who have won the conference for the last four years. Our second division, IAFL1, also with 9 clubs competing in this season, consists of clubs that are newer or are still growing. Finally our IAFL2 conference is designed for brand new teams to give them time to setup their programme and develop it, with the goal of moving into IAFL1 and on to the SBC league. Along with the rest of Europe, all our clubs play using the NCAA rules, with slight modifications to suit the Irish environment.
Due to the high demand from younger players wanting to play football, in 2015 we established a Junior League to cater for players between the ages of 16 and 19. We designed our Junior Programme to align with the established European model for junior football.
In 2015, both our National programme was implemented with the goal of establishing a team to represent IAFA and Ireland at the International level. These programmes bring together the most experienced coaches at each position in Ireland to provide focused and advanced training to our elite players at both the senior and junior level. Both the senior and junior squads have their own dedicated coaching teams, with the programme overseen by the Ireland General Manager.