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Ireland Under 20’s seeks Players

Ireland Under 20’s 

Ahead of March 31st game v AFW the first Team Ireland U20’s training session will take place on Saturday, February 17th in Westmanstown Garda Rugby Club, near Lucan in Dublin.  Eligible players will be:

  1. Registered with an IAFA Team (Senior or Junior).
  2. Be between 16 & 20
  3. If under 18 have played at least one season of Junior Football. 

Sign-up desk opens on the 17th of Feb at 10 am.  Interested players are asked to bring their kit (IAFA rules cover playing kit – Helmet/Shoulder Pads/ Soft Pads) and Team Jersey & Football Pants.  Dress code for the sign-up meeting is Black pants/tracksuit ends & plain white T/Polo shirt.  Players should bring a packed lunch & a minimum of two litres of water. 

Session 1 as above Feb 17th

Session 2 March 3rd

Session 3 March 10th

Session 4 TBC March 19th

Game March 31st.  

All sessions will finish at 4:30 pm 

All players meeting the above criteria are encouraged to attend.  Questions on any details you need to know should be emailed directly to Head Coach Ciaran O’Sullivan at  .   Team Ireland Under 20’s sessions are open for all IAFA Members to attend.  Coaches are welcome to visit from all of our clubs. 

Junior Football 2016 Champions

At today’s Team Ireland U20s training session, the South Kildare Soldiers were presented with their trophy as 2016 Junior Football Champions.

Junior Football Director Russell Kerley presenting the trophy to Tomiwa Oyewo and Jordan Farrell

Receiving the trophy on behalf of the Soldiers was Tomiwa Oyewo and Jordan Farrell from Director of Junior Football Russell Kerley. The Soldiers finished the season with a perfect 6-0 record against the Craigavon Cowboys and Westmeath Minotaurs.

“This has been a great year for junior football and congratulations to the Soldiers and Coach Farrell on a fantastic season”, said Russell Kerley at today’s presentation. “Next year we’re focusing on expanding the number of clubs competing in the junior league as well as compete in International games and leagues. 2017 will be a massive year for Irish football”.

South Kildare Soldiers’ Head Coach Ken Farrell with his players

So you want to play American Football in Ireland?

American Football in Ireland is back from its break, and Teams up and down the country are gearing up for the 2017 season. Rookies are being recruited, gym sessions are kicking off and helmets are getting dusted off. With a long winter of preseason ahead for Irish American Football, now is the time to get stuck into the fastest growing sport in Ireland.

Why should I play American Football in Ireland?

There are so many reasons why you should get involved with American Football in Ireland. Firstly, the sport here is played for love, not money. All the American football players and coached in Ireland dedicate their time and energy for free. They play American football simply because they want to. Irish American Football players have a passion for the sport and put their heart and soul into playing.

Secondly the game here is played to the highest of standards. Players wear all the gear and don’t hold back on the hits. If you play American football in Ireland you get to be part of a live game every Sunday. Imagine playing in a full contact game on a Sunday afternoon and after, going home to watching your favourite team on TV . Now we’re not saying you’ll be the next Tom Brady, but you will get to experience what American Football is like in real life.

And finally, the Irish American Football League boasts some of the best players in Europe. In September of 2016 we sent a squad to play an international game against the Dutch National Team in Holland. Every year, the National Champions go to the Atlantic Cup, where they play against some of the top clubs in Europe. The standard of American Football in Ireland is always on the rise, and now is the perfect opportunity for you to get involved.


How do I get involved?

There are American football teams in every province in Ireland. Dublin has the highest concentration of teams; boasting the Rhinos, the Panthers, the Rebels, The Pirates along with College teams in UCD and Trinity. In Wexford you can find the Eagles, While in Waterford and Galway you can play for the Wolves and the Warriors respectively. Further south in Limerick and in Cork are two stalwarts of Irish American Football in the UL Vikings and the Admirals. On your way back up North you will come across the North Kildare Reapers and the South Kildare Soldiers.

Northern Ireland is a stronghold for American Football in Ireland with the likes of the Trojans, the Cowboys, the Knights and the recently crowned third division champions the Donegal/Derry Vipers.Also based in the North are the Antrim Jets and the PSNI Razorbacks .And lest we forget the Titans, the Mavericks, the Bulldogs and the Minotaurs: based in Tyrone, Louth, Meath and Mullingar! Phew! That’s a lot of teams for such a small island and a whole lot of opportunity’s to play here, no matter what corner of the country you come from.

All of these Teams are now actively recruiting for their 2017 seasons and would love to heat from you. If you want to play American Football in Ireland in 2017 then now is the time to get involved!


2016 Junior Football Season Kicked Off

Last Sunday saw the culmination of months of preparations for three teams as our Junior Football season kicked off in Mullingar Rugby Club, hosted by the Westmeath Minotaurs. The Minotaurs took on the South Kildare Soldiers and Craigavon Cowboys in pretty miserable conditions with the heavy rain and high humidity making it a tough day for the players, coaches and spectators alike.

Game 1

First up was the South Kildare Soldiers against the Westmeath Minotaurs in what turned out to be a defensive battle. The bad weather helped no one as the game started with a number of punts from one side and a number of turnovers from the other but despite the rain, the Soldiers were the first to score with Quarterback Jordan Farrell connecting with Wide Receiver Aaron O’Neill in his debut appearance for the Soldiers. The Soldiers scored again with a long run from their own 10 yard line courtesy of Tommy Oyewo. The Minotaurs struck back with a pass from Quarterback Joe Kinahan to Wide Receiver Jack Lynch, but hopes of a late comeback were dashed with a strip sack from a quick Kealan Farrell.

Final score: South Kildare Soliders 12 – Westmeath Minotaurs 6

Game 2

The second game of the day was between the Craigavon Cowboys and the South Kildare Soldiers, with the Cowboys looking to defend their 2015 Junior Football title. The Soldiers found success early with another long run from Oyewo, this time from his own 30. After early drive misfires, a brave Cowboys offense found it hard to swing the momentum their way, making ground on runs but ultimately not finding their way into the endzone. A long pass hauled in by the Soldier’s Aaron O’Neill over three Cowboys defenders kept a drive alive and helped lead the Soldier offense to the end zone where Tommy Oyewo caught another touchdown pass, followed by a two point conversion ran in by Jordan Farrell.

The Cowboys never gave up fighting, but a very impressive display up front by the defensive line proved too much at times. The Soldiers’ pass attack was finding rhythm and a fourth score on the day for Oyewo in the form of a deep pass reception, capped off with a two point conversion caught by Tight End Nathan O’ Leary.

Final Score: South Kildare Soldiers 22 – Craigavon Cowboys 0

Game 3

Our final Game of the day was between the Westmeath Minotaurs and the Craigavon Cowboys, with the sun making a welcome appearance. The game started out with great displays of a solid running game by both teams, with some excellent work under center from Minotaurs’ Quarterback Joseph Kinahan who was composed in the pocket and executed the ‘hand off’ like a seasoned senior player. Some excellent runs from Running Back Marcel Stanisz gave the Minotaurs some excellent balance offensively. While a number of Cowboys players from the 2015 side have moved to the senior programme, we were given a look at that typical Cowboy hard hitting fundamental style football. Ruben Larmour secured the Cowboys’ first points of the 2016 season from a skinny post route where he was forced to reach out and haul in the catch and then converted for two points.

Final Score: Weastmeath Minotaurs 22- Craigavon Cowboys 8

This blitz was the start of what will become an epic battle for the 2016 Championship. All three teams have build on the solid foundations they put down last year, and it was very noticeable in the returning players just what practice, sound coaching and ‘reps’ can do. I have the pleasure of working with a number of these guys with the Ireland Under 20’s program and they all should feel immensely proud of the athletes they are becoming

Special notes of mention go to the fantastic officiating crew on the day as well as to James Rolston of the Craigavon Cowboys, Joseph Kinahan of the Westmeath Minotaurs and Tommy Oyewo of the South Kildare Soldiers who already leads the Scoring charts with 4 TDs on the day.

Our next Junior football day is in Edenderry as the Soldiers host on October 2nd

Start of Junior League 2016

This Sunday the 2016 season of our Junior League kicks off in Mullingar RFC. The Junior Football league is a full contact football league for players aged 16 – 19 and was started last year thanks to the continued demand for the sport in Ireland. This weekend’s games are the first of three competitive  before the end of the year.

All three teams involved in the Junior League will be playing this weekend with the schedule as follows:

11am: South Kildare Soldiers vs Westmeath Minotaurs

1pm: Craigavon Cowboys vs South Kildare Soldiers

3pm: Westmeath Minotaurs vs Craigavon Cowboys

Good luck to everyone!

Junior League Results – 18th October 2015

The South Kildare Soldiers can out on top in the second round of Junior League fixtures, which took place at Peoples Park, Portadown on Sunday. They defeated Craigavon and Mullingar in close contests. All three fixtures played were close – only one score between the teams. There was also a very noticeable improvement in the performance of each team since the first round of fixtures last month. The Cowboys and Soldiers are now tied at the top of the standings.

 The third round of fixtures will take place in Mullingar next month.


 South Kildare Soldiers 18-12 Craigavon Cowboys.

 South Kildare Soldiers 18-14 Mullingar Minotaurs.

 Mullingar Minotaurs 12-20 Craigavon Cowboys.

Junior League Kicks Off

This Sunday sees the start of the first ever Junior Football League in Ireland. Three teams are competing this weekend to kick things off with a blitz – the South Kildare Soldiers, the Mullingar Minotaurs and the Craigavon Cowboys:

11am – Soldiers vs Minotaurs
1pm – Soldiers vs Cowboys
3pm – Minotaurs vs Cowboys

Hosted by the Soldiers, the games take place in Oaklands Community College, Sister Senan Avenue, Edenderry, Co. Offaly and entry is free.

Junior League – Dates, Rules & Details Announced

The dates for the inaugural Junior League season have been announced as follows:

October 19th – Dublin.

November 9th – Venue to be confirmed soon.

November 29th – Drogheda.

Each team entering will have the opportunity to play two fixtures on each of the above dates. Each of these two fixtures will be two normal quarters long thus ensuring that each team gets the equivalent of one full game on each date. Points will be awarded to the winners of each shortened game. Those teams who opt to play on all 3 dates will get a total of six games. Teams not able to play a full schedule will also be catered for. A league table will be kept and the team with the most points will become the new National Champion.

Junior League will use 9-a-side rules and will be open to all players over the age of 16 who are born in the years 1995 to 1998 (as per International norms). Participation is strictly age based – both experienced and inexperienced players will be catered for.

New online Registration system.

The IAFA is piloting a new online registration system for the Junior Kitted league thus relieving team managers of a lot of the administrative work associated with collecting player details and registration fees. Players can register using the following link: [Password can be obtained from team managers].

Junior League Playing Rules:

Junior Leaguel will be played under 9-a-side rules. Full NCAA rules will be used with the following modifications – (i) only 9 players permitted on the field; (ii) there are no offensive tackles i.e. 2 less on the o-line and (iii) no blocking below the waist in any circumstances.