Board Meetings 2019

The Board will continue to meet regularly on the 1st Saturday of the month (in most cases). If you wish to have a topic discussed at a board meeting contact us here

  • Saturday, 5th January
  • Saturday, 2nd February
  • Saturday, 2nd March
  • Saturday, 6th April
  • Saturday, 10th May
  • Saturday, 8th June
  • Saturday, 6th July
  • Saturday, 10th August
  • Saturday, 7th September
  • Saturday, 5th October
  • Sunday, 26th October – Pre AGM Meeting
  • Sunday, 3rd of November – AGM
  • Saturday, 7th December

Board Members in 2019 are

  • Orla McAleese – Non Attached – President
  • Brian Cleary – Non Attached – Commissioner
  • Liam Ryan – UL Vikings
  • Aidan Maguire – Louth Mavericks
  • Ross Neville – North Dublin Pirates
  • Jo Buchanan – Craigavon Cowboys
  • Donncha Ó Conmhuí – Dublin Rebels
  • Stevie McCrystal – Belfast Knights

IAFA Launches New Membership System

Go membership from azolve is the new Membership system for IAFA

From today, the Irish American Football Association members will carry out all of their registration through Go Membership from Azolve. IAFA members can register with the new system by following this link. 

This will bring a true membership facility to IAFA members and is a significant upgrade over previous systems. It will allow clubs to more closely monitor the status of their members and it will allow the association get a true picture of its membership.

Benefits include.

  • Renewal of membership. Members will have their own unique account that they can renew each year.
  • Club Admins can have an overview of who each person in their club is and the role they perform.
  • Transfers will be handled by the new system.
  • Events and payments for them will be through the Go Membership suite.
  • Association Admins can have a real time view of the status of each club and it’s members.
  • Credentials and Qualifications. Coaching qualifications are now a requirement before purchasing a coaching membership. This allows the association to continue to monitor the react to the coaching needs in any area or club.

Rules regarding membership have not changed.

You must have a valid membership to train (either full or trial membership).

You must be registered two weeks in advance of a game with a full membership to take part.

Find the information sheet on how to register here.

Any questions or issues experienced while using the new registrations system should be directed to

IAFA Appoints New Flag Football Committee Members

Due to an ever growing interest and membership, Flag Football is becoming a key element in the growth of American Football in Ireland.
With a record number of teams and the most members involved in the Emerald Bowl Conference league in 4 years running, and it has been decided to re-vamp the Flag Football Committee (FFC) to make sure all aspects of the sport are efficiently developed and managed. The newly appointed committee members will be working with IAFA Director of Flag Football, Guillaume Poznanski, reporting to the Board of IAFA.

The FFC will be an essential part of ensuring that IAFA 2019 strategic plan for Flag Football in Ireland are successfully implemented. Some of the key elements of the plan the FFC will be working on are (and this is by no means an exhaustive list):

  • Flag Football Competition programmes (EBC, New League (TBA), Intervarsities, Tournaments)
  • Flag 4 School (F4S)
  • Women in Sport
  • Flag Football Coaching
  • Flag Football Officiating

IAFA are pleased to announce the appointments of the following to serve as members of the Flag Football Committee:

Ethan Fitzsimons, who was invaluable as IAFA Administrator, has accepted to take on the role of IAFA Assistant Director of Flag Football and will be a great asset to the FFC working closely with the Director of Flag Football.

Robbie Caldwell from the Louth Mavericks. Robbie has played for the Louth Mavericks for 7 years (the Dundalk Mavericks then). Robbie has played as running back mainly, but stepped in different positions and was part of the Mavericks squad who won the IAFA League 1 in 2017. He has played Flag Football for two years and is now the Mavericks Flag Football team head coach. Robbie is also a strong follower of the Washington Redskins.
Dave Healy from UCC Raiders/Cork Admirals. Dave is entering his third season of football. He plays defensive back for the Cork Admirals and won Shamrock Bowl 32 as defensive captain and also helped coach the Cork Admirals Youth team to victory in 2018. Dave was called onto the Irish Wolfhounds squad for their win against the Belgian Barbarians and has also founded the UCC Raiders Flag Football club two years ago. He is a proud Green Bay Packers fan.
Daniel Shaw from the Belfast Trojans. Daniel has been involved in American Football in Ireland since he was 16. Daniel coached the Ulster Elks for two seasons and is now the team manager of the Belfast Trojans Flag Football team and is also involved in the kitted setup. Daniel is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.
Robbie Tighe from the Edenderry Eagles/Cill Dara Crusaders. Robbie was introduced to American Football with the Edenderry Eagles in 2015 and hasn't looked back since. He won Emerald Bowl 4 with the Eagles in 2017. He has experience playing and managing in both kitted and Flag Football. He has no real NFL team allegiance but has a soft spot for the Atlanta Falcons.
Todd Zboyan from the Dublin Bay Raptors. Todd is originally from Seattle (USA) and has over 25 years experience in kitted and Flag Football (in the US and Ireland) and has played for the Dublin Vipers who won the Emerald Bowl 3 in 2017. Todd is currently the head coach of the Dublin Bay Raptors and is also a massive Seahawks fan.

AGM Announcement

The IAFA AGM will be taking place on
Sunday, 4th November 2018
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood, Santry
Time: 2pm
We are looking forward to see you all there. 
Kind Regards
Management Board

Irish Wolfhounds Team Selection and Training Announcement

The Wolfhounds coaching staff will be announced following the Shamrock Bowl.

Joint Training Sessions for the Senior and U20 Irish Wolfhounds will take place at the NSC (National Sports Campus) on the following dates;

Saturday September 8th, Sunday September 23rd, Saturday October 6th, Sunday October 14th.

Times and details will be announced closer to these dates.

Players who were in the U20s squad for the AFW game in Navan will be expected to attend these sessions.

Senior players selected to the squad for the session in Feb 2017 will be expected to attend these sessions.

We will be adding to both squads as coaches select players who have impressed throughout the 2017/18 seasons.

Time factors prohibit traditional try-outs in the run up to this game. Try outs will be part of the Team Ireland schedule for 2019. We welcome players sending highlight reels from 17/18 only to