Category: Management

National Flag Football Programme: Head Coach Appointed

Following on from our National Flag Football Programme Reboot announcement, IAFA are pleased to announce that Guillaume Poznanski will officially take up the role of Head Coach on 1st January 2020.

Guillaume brings with him a wealth of coaching experience as well as having spent 5 years as the IAFA Director of Flag Football. The full coaching staff will be announced in due course. We are very excited that the national flag programme is back and look forward to seeing the male and female teams in action very soon.

Notice of AGM

The IAFA AGM will take place on the 17th November 2019 at 2pm. It will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood Park, Santry Demense, Dublin (same venue as last year).

Any proposals to amend the Constitution must be sent to the Commissioner no later than the 18th October 2019.

Any proposals to amend the IAFA bylaws they must be sent to the Commissioner no later than the 2nd November 2019.

When submitting proposals, please include the original wording as per the Constitution/Bylaws and the actual amended wording you would like to replace it with. Please also include a brief rationale for the proposed change.


The following Management Board positions will be up for election at the AGM;

  • 3 Year Position – Currently Vacant
  • 3 Year Position – Currently held by Brian Cleary
  • 1 Year Position – Liam Ryan’s remaining term currently held by Joseph Maguire
  • 1 Year Position – Donnchá O’Comhuí’s remaining term currently held by Christine Bolton

All candidates for election must have 3 years consecutive membership in good standing with IAFA. Board members are expected to attend monthly management meetings, attend occasional midweek training courses and meetings with external organizations e.g. Sport Ireland. The role of a Management Board member is to promote the growth and development of the sport in line with our governing documents and the Governance Code.

If you wish to run as a candidate for election, please complete the “Candidate for  Election” form found in Appendix 2 of IAFA Bylaws (under Governance > Resources) and return it to the Commissioner no later than the 2nd November 2019.

IAFA Flag Football Directorship Announcement

It is with great regret that we inform you that our Director of Flag Football, Guillaume Poznanski, will be stepping down from the position at the end of the year.

IAFA President Orla McAleese “Guillaume­ has transformed flag football in Ireland over the past 5 years, bringing it from a small league with a handful of teams to a 2 tiered nationwide league system with 25 teams. The work and dedication that he has given to bring it to this standard has been outstanding. He has worked tirelessly with his committee for this sport and has been a true ambassador for Flag Football in Ireland.

On behalf of the board and the entire association, we would like to thank Guillaume for all his work – his volunteering to have a flag football to where it is today in Ireland.

Guillaume will not be going anywhere, he will still be part of the association in another capacity in the coming months.”

Applications for the role are now open here

IAFA: Positions Available

IAFA is the National Governing Body for American Football in Ireland and is recognised as such by Sport Ireland and the International Federation of American Football. At present, IAFA is an entirely volunteer-run organisation and there are over 3,000 active members involved in the sport at various levels. American football is a rapidly growing sport in Ireland, and we are expanding our Management team to meet this increased demand. We currently have the following roles available:

Select each of the links above to find out more about the role and to apply.

Officiating: New Appointment

IAFA are delighted to announce that Stephen King has been appointed as Assistant Director of Officiating. Stephen is a keen supporter of American football and has experience as a soccer referee. Stephen was employed by the FAI as a referee program and development co-ordinator and we look forward to him bringing his vast knowledge and experience to help develop the Officiating Department.

IAFA Management – New Appointments

The IAFA is delighted to announce the following appointments;

Director of Officiating: Steve Moles has been appointed to this role on a full time basis. Steve has been involved with IAFA for over ten years and during that time participated as a player, official and sat on club boards. Steve has been the Interim Director of Officiating since the start of this season and has done a fantastic job in this role. We wish him continued success in the development of the department going forward.

Officiating Development Officer: Tony Rivers has been appointed to this role within the Officiating Department reporting directly to the Officiating Development Manager (Barry Bolton). Tony has been involved in American Football for over 30 years both in the UK and Ireland and having previously served as the Director of Officiating will bring invaluable experience to the role. This role will involve the continued development of our full time officials. Tony will be attending games and submitting reports to the Development manager with a view to providing feedback to our officials and the further development of our training courses.

Commercial Director: We are delighted to welcome Kate Sherry into the IAFA family. Kate is about to undertake a Masters in Sports Management and brings with her extensive experience in the commercial sector having worked in senior positions with a number of market leaders over the past 15 years. Kate will be responsible for maximising our income opportunities at events and seeking sponsorship/partnerships for IAFA.

We look forward to working with these newly appointed personnel over the next number of months for the betterment of our association.

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, 11th May
  • Saturday, 8th June
  • Saturday, 6th July
  • Saturday, 10th August
  • Saturday, 14th September
  • Saturday, 12th October
  • Sunday, 9th November – Pre AGM Meeting
  • Sunday, 17th of November – AGM
  • Saturday, 7th December

Board Members in 2019 are

  • Orla McAleese – Non Attached – President
  • Brian Cleary – Non Attached – Commissioner (Interim)
  • Aidan Maguire – Louth Mavericks
  • Ross Neville – North Dublin Pirates
  • Jo Buchanan – Craigavon Cowboys
  • Christine Bolton – Non Attached
  • Joseph Maguire – UL Vikings

IAFA Appoints New Personnel

IAFA are pleased to announce the following changes in position and appointment of personnel for the following role:

  • Guillaume Poznanski has been appointed as interim Communications Officer replacing Stephen McDonnell (South Dublin Panthers)

We would like to thank Stephen for all the work and valuable contribution he provided to upgrade our website and improve our use of social media which has come on leaps and bounds since his appointment.

IAFA Appoints New Management Personnel

IAFA are pleased to announce the following changes in positions and appointment of personnel for the following roles:

  • Ross Neville (North Dublin Pirates) has been appointed as the Anti-Doping Officer replacing Stuart Donaldson (Cork Admirals)

We would like to thank Stuart for all the work and valuable contribution he provided and look forward to work with the newly appointed personnel.

IAFA Appoints New People to Administration

The Irish American Football Association (IAFA) are pleased to announce the appointments of the following, both at Board and Administration level;

Our new External Board Member Colum Cronin is originality from Cork. Colum has been living in Dublin for over a decade. He works as the International Student Adviser at University College Dublin, having previously been in a similar role at Trinity College Dublin. Continue reading “IAFA Appoints New People to Administration”