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All football activity is suspended until January 31st with immediate effect - with the exception of senior SSE Airtricity League and senior Women’s National League teams who are exempt. In addition to this, please note the following:

- The new Government Level 5 Guidelines DO NOT ALLOW for any collective team training for any team other than senior SSE Airtricity League or Women’s National League teams

- The new Government Level 5 Guidelines DO NOT ALLOW for any adult amateur, Futsal and underage football activity including the underage National Leagues and all schoolboy and schoolgirl football.

- The new Government Level 5 Guidelines DO NOT ALLOW for any trials or assessments until further notice – with the exception of senior SSE Airtricity League and senior Women’s National League teams who are exempt subject to League guidelines.

- The new Government Level 5 Guidelines allow for INDIVIDUAL training only.

31/12/2020 17:44



03/03/2021 09:41
Des McAleenan RIP
Former Stella Maris Player & Goalkeeping Coach

The DDSL is very sad to hear of the passing of Des McAleenan, a former player with Stella Maris as well as coaching their young goalkeepers during visits back home. Not many people will have heard of Des but in footballing terms, his coaching story is second to none. Des was goalkeeping coach to the Colombian national men's team working under their Portuguese and former Manchester United and Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz.

Des, who is from Artane in Dublin, spent many years living and working in the US and worked alongside managers Bob Bradley, Bruce Arena and Juan Carlos Osoria. He also worked with, amongst many others, US goalkeeper Tony Meola as well as Tim Howard playing a big part in his move to Manchester United from MLS club MetroStars (now known as New York Red Bulls). He also coached at Saudi Arabia's most famous club Al-Hilal.

Last year he gave a fascinating insight to his life in an interview with OTB Sports and you can watch and listen to that story by Clicking Here (from 27 minutes onwards)

We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Ar dheist Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

01/03/2021 15:07
The sad passing of Liam Farrell

On behalf of the DDSL, we offer our sincere condolences to the family of Liam Farrell, who sadly passed away last night. To the NDSL on the loss of the colleague and friend of many years.

May Liam Rest in Peace.

27/02/2021 12:16
R.I.P. Josh Dunne

The Dublin & District Schoolboys’/Girls’ League would like to express it’s deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Josh Dunne.

To his former clubs Tolka Rovers, Bohemians and St Kevin’s we share your shock and sorrow.

Josh was a popular and talented player who represented our League with distinction.

May he rest in peace.

28/01/2021 12:02
Sports Capital Programme Webinar Series

Reminder: Please see below a webform link for Clubs/Leagues to register their interest for the Sports Capital Webinar Series from the 12 – 14th January 2021. Each Webinar covers different aspects of the Sports Capital Programme.

You can register your interest by Clicking Here


- Webinar 1: Tues 12th Jan. 6PM

SCEP –How to Start & Apply –FAI

Finance –Clann Credo

11/01/2021 12:20



03/03/2021 09:41
FAI Update on COVID-19 Restrictions

The Football Association of Ireland acknowledges the latest guidelines from Government around the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based on these new guidelines, the FAI now advises all stakeholders that the only football permitted from December 24th until further guidance from Government is as follows:

- SSE Airtricity League and Women’s National League football at adult level only

- Non-contact training in pods of 15 for all other footballers but only within their county of residence

- All other football activity – including assessments and trials – is prohibited until further notice

The FAI will remain in communication with Government regarding these guidelines and will update all affiliates at the earliest opportunity.

23/12/2020 20:54
Sports Capital Programme Presentation
Football Needs More Applications

As a follow up to our recent news item regarding the 2021 Sports Capital And Equipment Programme Registration, the FAI has provided more information and help so that clubs will hopefully take advantage of the programme.

The presentation gives an overview of the funding previously received and where the applications came from. Soccer is well down on the number of applications compared to other sports. Find out what is and what is not funded, the common pitfalls and how to submit your application.

The full presentation is available by Clicking Here Also available in the Downloads section.

16/12/2020 14:23
Players required for Castleknock Celtic
12/12/2020 18:35
Irish Times Article 06/12/2020
Dublin and District Schoolboys/Girls League partnering with Childline

In Sunday's Irish Times, Emmet Malone speaks about DDSL's partnership with Childline. We remind everybody that help continues to be available with issues such as loneliness and domestic abuse.

You can read the full article by Clicking Here

Childline is available to any child and young person up to the age of 18. It can be contacted online at, by calling 1800 666 666, by texting to 50101 or through social media (Instagram: @ispcc_childline, Facebook: ISPCC Childline, Twitter: @ISPCCChildline)

07/12/2020 21:05



03/03/2021 09:41
2021 Sports Capital And Equipment Programme Registration Now Open

The Football Association of Ireland is delighted to support the announcement by Minister Catherine Martin and Minister for State Jack Chambers of the launch of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP) by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

The Sports Capital and Equipment Programme is the primary vehicle for Government funding support for the development of sports and physical recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout the country. It was announced today that €40million will be made available through the SCEP.

To further support Leagues, Clubs and Affiliates in the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme process, the FAI's Facility Development Department will be hosting an Educational Webinar series in the coming weeks to support clubs with their SCEP applications.

The full press release and link to register on the Online Sports Capital Register (OSCAR) can be found by Clicking Here

01/12/2020 21:02
Let’s Get The Kids Back Playing

The Executive Football Committee Dublin & District Schoolboys’/Girls’ League are pleased to announce the launch of the “LET’S GET THE KIDS BACK PLAYING” initiative.

As we approach the Festive Season there are reasons for optimism and hope that the Country is turning the corner and we can look forward to 2021. The phrase most used by those of us involved with Schoolboy Football since matches were suspended in September is “Let’s get the Kids back playing”

This is indeed our primary goal.


We are hopeful that a return to Level 3 restrictions will enable ALL CHILDREN to return to playing football.


22/11/2020 15:21

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22/11/2020 17:52
What is Childline? How does Childline work?

The Childline team has released a new video for children and young people to let you know all about how Childline works.

In the video, Louise and Jackie from the Childline Listening Service share an introduction to our online chat, phone and text services.

Find out:

How Childline can support you, if you would like to contact us

What children and young people talk about with Childline – anything!

Why Childline focuses on strengthening resilience

To see more information as well as many more useful articles, please Click Here

21/11/2020 12:06



03/03/2021 09:41
Official Facebook page launched today:

Please note that we have set up a new official Facebook page for the league:

Dublin & District Schoolboys/Girls League - please visit and like the page, more social media outlets to follow.

21/11/2020 21:52
A True Legend of Irish Schoolboys' Football Fran Ray - 1st Anniversary

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since the passing of a True Legend of Irish Schoolboys' Football - Fran Ray. We remember him for the great stories and his extraordinary memory of players that passed through his beloved DDSL and indeed from around the country.

Our memories are what we have of him today, and my memories of Fran will never fade.

Frans family, are missing a husband, a father and grandfather today on the 1st anniversary of his passing and they are in our thoughts and prayers today.

The DDSL are remembering him in their own way at this time, our former Honorary Secretary, forever Honorary Life President of the Dublin & District Schoolboy’s League, former SFAI Chairman, and Lifetime FAI member.

On behalf of his football family, Fran has passed on - he will never be forgotten.

Rest Easy Old Friend.

12/11/2020 12:24

I am writing to you as the country settles into Level 5 restrictions to remind you of the protocols which we must adhere to under the current Government guidelines. Can you please pass this onto all you clubs.

In particular, I would like to remind you of the following:

- Players of a school-going age – under 19 as per FAI guidelines – can continue to train but only with the club they are registered with.

- All training must be outdoor, non-contact and in pods of 15 and in compliance with the FAI’s Safer Return to Training Protocol.

- Players are not allowed to train with any representative side outside their club team.

- FAI affiliated clubs are urged not to allow non-FAI affiliated academies use their facilities at this time.

- For underage training - players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel more than 5 kilometres to attend an organised session.

- For underage training - players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel outside their resident county to attend an organised training session.

- In accordance with Government Level 5 guidelines, training is not permitted for non-elite adult teams.

- All domestic adult and underage football matches remain in cessation.

- Complaints in respect of any breaches of protocols will be referred to the Disciplinary Control Unit of the FAI

07/11/2020 22:14
LEVEL 5 Restrictions Update
FAI Press Release 21/10/2020

Following clarification from Government today, the FAI confirms the following Level 5 guidelines for football will come into effect from midnight tonight but please be aware these are the latest directives and subject to change:

- All underage club teams from Under-19 age group down are permitted to train outdoors during Level 5 restrictions

- All outdoor training for underage players is to be non-contact in pods of no more than 15 and in compliance with the latest Government guidelines

- For underage training - players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel more than 5 kilometres to attend an organised training session

- For underage training - players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel outside their resident county to attend an organised training session

21/10/2020 20:48



03/03/2021 09:41
FAI Press Release Cancellation of Underage Elite Football / Return to Level 3 Restrictions
Sadly Once Again The Needs Of Children Involved In Sport Have Been Ignored

As you are all aware by now, we have moved from level 5 to level 3. Naturally this has been welcomed in many quarters but sadly once again the needs of children involved in sport have been ignored.

This is so disappointing at a time when there has been so much positivity around Children following the recent excellent “Late Late Show”. Our Charity Partners, Childline, will testify to the benefits to the mental and physical health of our children gained from their involvement in Sport. While access to regular training is welcome there is simply no substitute for children playing football matches and no excuse for discriminating between one group of children and another group through the use of the word Elite.

For the full FAI Press Release Cancellation of Underage Elite Football, please Click Here

What can we do?

As you are aware the Board of Directors, Dublin & District Schoolboys’/Girls’ League wrote to the FAI President Mr Gerry McAnaney on October 15th to express its dismay as to the designation of the underage national league as Elite. This was as a result of the reaction and backlash of our Stakeholders (Secretaries, Managers, Coaches, parents & Guardians) to the FAI statement issued on 18th September.

It is obvious, at the time of writing, that our parent body has no interest in Grassroots football. Indeed, it appears that the term “Grassroots football” is showered like confetti only when they need Government financial help.

In truth we have to promote and highlight our own particular message. It is our belief we have to “enlighten” the government and Sport Ireland of the tremendous work done by all the volunteers from the 160 clubs, involving 20,000 plus boys and girls in 1000 plus games on a weekly basis.

05/12/2020 11:50
How Does Childline Work?
21/11/2020 11:50
Dublin & District Schoolboys’/Girls’ League Is Proud To Partner With ISPCC Childline.

The Dublin & District Schoolboys’/Girls’ League is delighted to announce it is partnering with the Childline listening service, as delivered by the ISPCC.

We are very proud to partner with an organization that provides such an important range of services to young people all over the Country.

From a DDSL perspective, this reflects our commitment to the health and wellbeing of all our underage players off the pitch as well as on it.

We understand that many young people face challenges in their lives, not least in the current environment with COVID-19. While football provides an important outlet for physical and mental wellbeing, it is critically important that our young people are aware of the services provided by Childline and are encouraged to avail of them where required.

We look forward to playing our part in highlighting these services through our League and our extensive Club network across the Greater Dublin Area and beyond.

Can your Club help highlight this partnership and the Childline Service by sharing the graphic attached on your digital platforms?

To download the full Press Release to send to members of your clubs, please Click Here

You can tag ISPCC Childline in your post in the following ways:

Instagram - @ispcc_childline

Facebook - @ISPCCChildline

Twitter - @ISPCCChildline

A formal launch of this partnership will take place when it is safe to do so.

Further details to follow.

04/11/2020 09:47
Kennedy Cup Winners 2019
Welcome to The Dublin and District Schoolboys'/Girls' League Website

The Dublin and District Schoolboys'/Girls' League (DDSL) was founded in 1943 to provide a structured league system for Dublin Schoolboys Football Clubs and for soccer clubs in the surrounding districts.

Click on Roundup to see an overview of all fixtures and results. You can restrict to one team as well as SSG or 11 A Side.

You can see the league tables scrolling across below. Click on one to expand so you can see an overview of all tables enabling you to easily see where your club is in each division. Click again to return to the scroll.

Alternatively, click Competitions at the top and select your division for deeper analysis. Move your cursor across the table for pop ups displaying information behind the numbers.

04/03/2016 23:09
12/09/2016 09:52
Dublin & District Schoolboys League - FAI National Soccer Campus
Contact Us

Office Address:

Dublin & District Schoolboys League

FAI National Soccer Campus,


Dublin 15

Republic of Ireland


01 8999370 (National Telephone)

00 353 1 8999370 (International Telephone)

Business Hours:

Monday & Thursday: 4.00pm - 9.00pm

04/03/2016 23:15
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