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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.

Emerald Bowl Conference is back!

The IAFA Flag Football Emerald Bowl Conference is back!

Team registration opens today!

The season format will change a little from previous ones.

Games will be played from September 1st through to December 1st with the playoffs and Emerald Bowl V games on December 1st.

The season will run with a maximum of 20 teams who will be divided across 4 geographical divisions.

Each team will play 10 games – 8 divisional games and 2 interdivisional games.

All teams must submit the names of their Team Manager and Head Coach, with at least one of them being a non-playing member.

Teams a can have a maximum of 30 mixed players on their overall roster, with a maximum of 20 players on game day.

Games will run, as previously done, on a blitz format with several teams meeting at the one venue. Continue reading “Emerald Bowl Conference is back!”

Flag Football 2017/18 Tournaments’ hosts announced

We are please to announce the hosts for all four upcoming FFI 2017/18 tournaments.

  • October 28 2017 – South Dublin Panthers, Westmanstown
  • November 25 2017 – Maynooth University Hurricanes, Maynooth
  • January 27 2018 – Louth Mavericks, Dundalk
  • February 24 2018 – UCC Flag Football, Cork

We also would like to welcome new comers UCC Raiders, Louth Mavericks AFC, Maynooth University Hurricanes and the Dublin Bay Raptors.

Team and Individual registrations are open:
Individual registration: bit.ly/FFI18INDREG
Team registration: bit.ly/FFI18REG


FFI 2017/18 Events Teams and Players registrations now open.

To celebrate we are giving away a €50 discount to all teams signing up for an “Team Registration for all FFI 2017/18 Tournaments” by using the discount code EARLYBIRD and this for only two weeks (offer ends 15/9/17) – so register early!


Quick reminder all players, managers, coaches or team staff must register individually as a member of IAFA (€5) regardless of the team or event they enter with/in.

Tournaments will take place 28/10/17, 25/11/17, 27/01/18 and 24/02/18.
If you wish to host a tournament email an official bid to info@flagfootballireland.ie by September 25th 2017.
All teams selected to host will see their 2017/18 entry fees (€150) waived off.

Individual regsitration: bit.ly/FFI18INDREG
Team registration: bit.ly/FFI18REG

If you have any questions contact us here.

Flag Football Updates

We are fresh off Emerald Bowl IV but it’s not too early for some Flag Football updates.

The league as been running full steam for the past four seasons so in order to properly organise next season and to cover all aspects required to run and grow the sport successfully in Ireland, it has been decided to hold off the next Emerald Bowl season until August 2018. With that being said, we are not going to leave you hanging for a full year.

We will instead be running a series of one-day tournaments between October 2017 and February 2018. Each tournament will be run under the direction of the Flag Football committee and will be open for bids to host them.

The tournaments will be held on October 28th, November 25th, January 27th and February 24th. Bids will be open for submission from August 28th. If you wish to host a tournament email an official bid to info@flagfootballireland.ie by September 25th. Any successful bid will see the full team registration fees €150) waived off for the team/club hosting.

Team registration fees are set to €150 for 2017/2018 which will give your team access to all tournaments. Registration will open September 1st and will close October 1st.

If you wish to participate to less that four tournaments, registration fees are set to €50 per tournament. Team registration date for each tournament will be communicated in due time.

All players must register with IAFA for 2017/2018 for all IAFA Flag Football event. Individual fees are set at €5. Registration will open September 1st.

More information will be communicated in due time on our Facebook page and on the IAFA website.

Edenderry Eagles Emerald Bowl IV Champions

Defying all odds, the Edenderry Eagles have been crowned Emerald Bowl champions with a 32-12 win over the Emerald Bowl III champions, the Dublin Vipers. With four different teams having won one Emerald Bowl title each, we can affirm there are currently no dominant team in EBC. Well done to the Edenderry Eagles, Emerald Bowl IV and new National champions.

Emerald Bowl IV Playoffs & Bowl Games Preview

This is it! On Saturday, the next Irish National Flag Football champions will be crowned as the Emerald Bowl IV season comes to a close. 28 games at 4 different locations starting in April has given us 4 playoffs teams to this point, with only 2 wins standing in their way to the trophy. The 4 teams have had 3 weeks to prepare for Saturday’s final showdown at Gormanston Park, Co Meath.

The top seeded Craigavon Cowboys will take on 4th seed Edenderry Eagles in the first semi-final, scheduled to kick off at 10.30am. The Cowboys enjoyed a near perfect season, racking up 7 wins and a draw with no losses. They boast the best net points in the league with 177 as well as the best defence, conceding 119 points over 8 games. The Cowboys offense was in a close 2nd place when it comes to offensive points scored, finishing with 296 which was 1 point behind their semi-final opponents. The Eagles finished 4th in the table, with the same points as the North Kildare Reapers. The two teams drew earlier in the season meaning that the tie breaker would go to net points, of which the Eagles had a higher net difference. It has been a mixed season for the Eagles, winning 4, drawing 1 and losing 3. However, they have a high scoring offense, who claimed a league historical record 95-6 win against the South Dublin Panthers during the regular season. Tomiwa Oyewo will be one to watch for the Eagles as he has proved invaluable on both sides of the ball, whilst the same can be said for the Cowboys Peter Loughran. Plenty of history between these two old league rivals promises this to be a great game!

The second semi-final is scheduled for 11.45am and will see the 2nd seed Westmeath Minotaurs take on the 3rd seed Dublin Vipers, defending Emerald Bowl Champions. The Minotaurs return to post season Flag Football after they missed out on Emerald Bowl III. The Westmeath team enjoyed a good season, with 5 wins, 1 tie and 2 losses. Their offense finished 3rd in total points scored with 280, where Dermot Corroon played a major role in achieving such a high total. The defence also had a great year, finishing 2nd in points against column with 141. However, they will be seeking revenge for their loss to the Vipers in the regular season, where the game ended 56-33. That win was 1 of 5 for the Dublin Vipers who also suffered 3 defeats. The Vipers’ season was slow to start, losing their first 2 games but eventually changing their fortune to reach the playoffs. A tricky season for the Vipers, where they finished 5th in the point for column, with 215. Sean Douglas has been a key player in keeping the Vipers offense ticking over, and the Minotaurs will be very wary of his abilities. The defence also has work to do as they too finished 5th in the point against column. Two impressive teams who will give it their all on Saturday to get through to the final – not one to miss!

Following the semi-finals, the stage will be set for the final 2 games of Emerald Bowl IV. The 2 semi finals losing teams will battle in the 3rd place final, scheduled for 1pm. Emerald Bowl IV will then take place straight after, scheduled for 2.15pm.

Will the Cowboys, Minotaurs or Vipers add a second National title to their belts or will the Eagles finally earn the status of National Champions. This is do or die Flag Football, no room for mistakes! Best of luck to all teams competing on Saturday!