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The Minifootball Association of Ireland & the 2018 European Championships: The Road To Kiev – Part 4

By Emmet Switzer August 6, 2018 (No)
What a weekend for Irish sport that was, we watched the Irish women’s Hockey team land a 2nd place finish at the world finals in England and claim a silver medal. Then the FAI CP team took home a bronze for their 3rd place win at the 2018 IFCPF European Championships in Holland. Amidst all of these fantastic achievements, the Irish Minifootball team are packing their bags and making the final arrangements as part of their journey to Kiev on Saturday for the EMF MiniEuros. No pressure at all then! The Final Countdown The coaching staff and players have done all that they can and with just one short training […]

The Minifootball Association of Ireland & the 2018 European Championships: The Irish Squad – Part 3

By Emmet Switzer July 29, 2018 (No)
The 2018 MiniEuros are drawing closer by the week and excitement levels at the Minifootball Association of Ireland are at an all time high. The governing body for 6 a side soccer in Ireland want to introduce you to the finer details of the sport, and of course, the 2018 national squad. Knowing the players, and the game will make it much easier to follow and support the team in Kiev next month. Have you missed out on the start of our minifootball series? Then we would recommend checking out Part 1 on Where It All Began, covering the growth of minifootball in Ireland, the challenges involved and the costs […]

The Minifootball Association of Ireland & the 2018 European Championships: The Management Team – Part 2

By Emmet Switzer July 4, 2018 (No)
It is a dream for every sports person to represent their country, and a dream that often falls by the wayside as we get older. Many of us look out onto the pitch when we go to see an international game. The honest ones will admit that from time to time, we drift off into our own ‘Walter Mitty’ world, where we got the chance at glory. Time limitations, life pressures and lack of confidence in ability are often the reasons people don’t pursue their dream. These are also the causes behind people falling away from sport, even at a social level. Dreams Versus Reality The reality, though, is that […]

The Minifootball Association of Ireland & The 2018 European Championships: Where It All Began – Part 1

By Emmet Switzer May 27, 2018 (No)
It was 9 years ago when Emmet Switzer entered the board room of the FAI, in Abbotstown, to meet Packie Bonner of the Football Association of Ireland and Peter Doyle of the Leinster Football Association. They met that day to discuss potential opportunities between minifootball, known then as 5 a side, and the FAI. During the meeting, Peter slid a thick document across the table to Emmet, which turned out to be the general association rules. The Development Challenge Emmet was asked to review its content and come up with some ideas on how minifootball could integrate with the FAI, whilst complying with the UEFA/FIFA guidelines. No small task by […]

Irish Players That Need To Be Capped This Year

By Stephen Kierans February 18, 2018 (No)
For the last few years, the Ireland national squad has been crying out for a revamp. The introduction of fresh, hungry, young new talent is something that we are in dire need of. With such an ageing squad , it is still baffling that the wide array of talent is being overlooked. Trapattoni was long criticised for this as he tended to stick with his experienced players whilst disregarding young talent coming through. Players like James McCarthy, Robbie Brady and Séamus Coleman were just a few of those victims, some of our best players now. Trapattoni’s blindness to this as well as poor campaigns inevitably ended in him losing the […]

How Would An All Irish Team Do In The Premiership – Part 3

By Ryan Corry October 3, 2017 (No)
Following our calculation in Part 2 of this series that our Ireland selection would finish the Premier League season with a final total of 49 points, it’s safe to say that they would not be in danger of relegation. If you’re just joining the party, then you might want to take a look at Part 1 of the series which looked at our all Irish team, tactics and rules for the season. The Stats Taking the points totals from all of the 22 full 20-team Premier League seasons so far completed, the average finishing position is 10th spot with the final positions ranging from 8th up to 14th. When you […]

5 Interesting Bets for Ireland’s Final World Cup Qualifiers

By Dean Fitzgerald September 26, 2017 (No)
It’s all come down to this. Massive performances, huge let downs, deeply annoying bad luck, all will be forgiven if Ireland were to overcome the odds and beat both Moldova and Wales to book a spot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The likelihood isn’t exactly optimistic. Yet we wait with bated breath for the Boys in Green to give what they have left for the jersey and make us proud to be Irish football fans once again. Knowing the odds are stacked against the Irish makes it even more poetic, that we should give advice on a few bets come the last round of qualifying games. For sports […]

The Road To Russia 2018: Who Are Ireland’s Star Performers?

By Evan Coughlan August 29, 2017 (No)
The Republic of Ireland team have passed the halfway point in their World Cup qualifying campaign and as things currently stand in Group D, Martin and Roy’s Boys are level on points with Serbia at the top, and are only two goals behind them on goal difference. Ireland have a four point cushion over Wales and Austria who lie in third and fourth respectively and maybe, just maybe we, as a nation, can start getting excited about a trip to Moscow next summer. However, before we start loading up the van with Joxer and the lads, there are still four games left to play, two at home and two away. […]

Uncapped Ireland Prospects For 2017

By Ryan Corry March 24, 2017 (No)
There appears to be a pretty limited amount of potential in the Irish footballing pool at the moment. Each and every time a new messiah comes along, it’s only a matter of time before they are found wallowing about as a squad player in an underachieving championship team. This is most evident in the fact that there was only one player under the age of 21 in the squad for the recent WCQ against Austria. It’s not all bad though, here are some of the uncapped players who could make an impact in the next few years. Daryl Horgan – (Preston North End) So not exactly a child at 24 […]

Ireland vs Wales World Cup Qualifiers 2018 Preview

By Ryan Corry March 23, 2017 (No)
As it stands, Ireland are in a very healthy position in Group D, sitting top of the table, unbeaten in four games including a tough trip to Serbia. However, the worst is still yet to come, with Wales in the Aviva Stadium our next port of call on Friday, while being in the middle of the worst injury crisis we’ve seen in years. At this stage, the mind games between the two sides have been strictly corporate with the FAI offering an ‘insulting’ amount of tickets to Welsh supporters, who expected 10% of the allocation but were in fact offered a mere 6%. This might be a masterstroke and give the makeshift […]

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