Soccer in Ireland
Posted by Neil Hand on the 11th of March 2016 at 16:22:49
With the 2016 Season in its infancy, what better time to share this blog I wrote last year about the soccer scene in Ireland.
When you think of sport in Ireland, you most likely think about Gaelic games such as Gaelic Football, Hurling or the sport that Ireland competes as one of the world elites, Rugby.
But something you might not know is that Soccer is massive in Ireland. This goes under the radar a little, as our National League, the SSE Airtricity Premier League, is much less prominent than the Premier League in England (which is followed extensively throughout the island of Ireland). The League operates on a semi-professional footing, with the average attendance at a game around 2,000 spectators.
The standard of football on display in the league is of a very good level, evidenced by the fact that many of the top players in the league are scouted by top teams in England and go on to great things there. The atmosphere at games is invariably fantastic, with many teams having a hard-core of fanatic followers.
For tourists wishing to experience the passion of Ireland’s top level Soccer, the timing is perfect. The league operates between March and November, the warmest months in terms of weather in Ireland. If you’re touring Ireland in these months, you’ll have ample opportunity to catch a game. There are teams in counties Cork, Derry, Galway, Limerick, Louth, Sligo, Longford and three in Dublin. A guide to the fixtures for the 2016 season can be found here.
Attending a game in the SSE Airtricity Premier League will be unforgettable, and is something you should think about and plan in advance. Tickets are generally easy to come by, available for purchase at the stadiums on match-days in most cases. It's a great day or evening out the whole family will enjoy.
With games to attend North, South, East and West, you’ll never be too far from the action on a given weekend between March and November.
Soccer is also played widely throughout Ireland at amateur level, mostly on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Ireland, a country of green fields, have many fields with goal-posts for sports such as GAA, Soccer and Rugby, dotted around the place. If you notice a crowd gathering around one, why not stick around and catch the game?
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