The SSE Airtricity League will kick off earlier in 2017, with the start date marked in for Friday, February 24. The amended fixture list means that the season will kick off one week earlier and the mid-season break will be one week shorter, in addition the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup will only have replays from the quarter-finals onwards. This will assist the process of potential fixture rescheduling in the event of any League representative progressing in Europe.
The Premier and First Division seasons will run from February through to October before the Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup Final closes out the domestic campaign on Sunday, November 5 at Aviva Stadium. The mid-season break runs Saturday, June 3 until Thursday, June 15. The dates for the rounds of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup and EA SPORTS Cup competitions will be revealed with the publication of the official fixture list, in December.
The new U15 National League will kick off in August 2017, and will add to the positive player development pathway we have seen following the introduction of the U19 and U17 National Leagues. The start dates for the SSE Airtricity U19 and U17 Leagues will be announced in due course.