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    B Teams

    https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/soc...sion-1.4412407

    I'm not 100% certain but I would imagine we wont show any interest.

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    The brief glut of applications last week must not have been that impressive to the FAI.
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    So is the FD turning into the old LoI B Division again?

    Not sure at what point does the second tier reach an actionable crisis point?

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    If you presume the nine current first division teams are not going anywhere and that Rovers are happy to continue there with their B team does that mean the FAI are actively looking to increase the teams in the division? Or was the original invitation to apply in order to take Rovers place?

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    This is an obvious shortcut to adding to player development pathway but instead of broadening the structures for clubs, where young players can get 1st team competative football, its narrowing things so that a few clubs can both sign up the cream of talent and give them football. It fits nicely in to the SRFC project, likewise for where Dundalk want to get to in trying to be self sustaining and others too especially in regional centres. Makes some of the more unusual overtures to setting up a club to join LoI a bit less..unusual, and it is a selling point for bringing in players from a wider market in hope of cashing in on the odd success. This in mind, the gap between 1st Division and Premier Division clubs politically is only going to widen so this could be a bit of a last stand moment for any remaining integrity of the 1st Div.

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    I am reasonably confident that Harps will not avail of this option.
    #NeverStopNotGivingUp

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    How many first team players can play every week ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeverFeltBetter View Post
    The brief glut of applications last week must not have been that impressive to the FAI.
    Either that, or they're trying to get the First Division back up to 12 teams again. Which is where it should be really.
    Last edited by EatYerGreens; 18/11/2020 at 11:50 AM.

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    Apparently Shelbourne have submitted an application for their First team to avail of the opportunity.

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    Maybe its time the FAI got real about the league and allowed all clubs have an equal say in the discussions. Would it not be good to see a Limerick team back in the league and maybe a team from the Kildare Carlow Laois area as well as a team from Mayo area. The pushing out of soccer across the country is what should be done and a real effort put into getting a sponsor for it and real media profile for both divisiions.

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    Surely a move to 2 12 team divisions is the only sensible one going forward.

    Premier
    Shamrock Rovers
    Bohemians
    Dundalk
    Sligo Rovers
    Waterford
    St. Patrick's Athletic
    Derry City
    Finn Harps
    Shelbourne
    Cork City
    Drogheda United
    Longford Town

    First Division
    Bray Wanderers
    UCD
    Galway United
    Cobh Ramblers
    Cabinteely
    Athlone Town
    Wexford
    North Sea AFC
    YOLO FC
    Shamrock Rovers B
    Dundalk B
    Bohemians Hipster Reserve FC (Not a B team)
    Last edited by Real ale Madrid; 18/11/2020 at 3:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MKMK View Post
    Maybe its time the FAI got real about the league and allowed all clubs have an equal say in the discussions. Would it not be good to see a Limerick team back in the league and maybe a team from the Kildare Carlow Laois area as well as a team from Mayo area. The pushing out of soccer across the country is what should be done and a real effort put into getting a sponsor for it and real media profile for both divisiions.
    A Limerick team applied to join the league prior to the deadline for doing so. They haven't been rejected yet.

    No application was received from any teams in Mayo or Kildare/Carlow/Laois. You cant; magic a club up out of thin air. Nor can you make people in certain areas apply to join.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EatYerGreens View Post
    A Limerick team applied to join the league prior to the deadline for doing so. They haven't been rejected yet.

    No application was received from any teams in Mayo or Kildare/Carlow/Laois. You cant; magic a club up out of thin air. Nor can you make people in certain areas apply to join.
    When Derry City folded the deadline was passed but next year a new version was in the league. Teams can sometimes be magiced up albeit not quite out of thin air. But your overall point stands.
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    B teams are a bad idea. Playing against them only weakens the reputation of the clubs in the first. How can teams like Galway, Cork or Shels attract new fans when they are playing Dundalk 'B'.

    In saying that, there is an obvious problem with underage football in LOI, that the gap between u19 to senior is too big, and there needs to be something inbetween.The aim should be reintroduction of the 'A' league. Or at least a way for clubs to introduce a 'B' team in provencial leagues (that needs an agreement with fixture dates).

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    10 existing teams plus the 5 or 6 applications they have had plus 3 b teams is 19/20 teams
    Division 1 and 2 ...
    happy days

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbgawa View Post
    10 existing teams plus the 5 or 6 applications they have had plus 3 b teams is 19/20 teams
    Division 1 and 2 ...
    happy days
    They've apparently had 4 applications = Treaty United, St Francis, Yola and Irish Sea. Of those, I suspect that Irish Sea FC is nowhere near a developed enough proposal to let them near the senior game. They don't even have a ground or a single player at this stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EatYerGreens View Post
    They've apparently had 4 applications = Treaty United, St Francis, Yola and Irish Sea. Of those, I suspect that Irish Sea FC is nowhere near a developed enough proposal to let them near the senior game. They don't even have a ground or a single player at this stage.
    I have my own suspicion that Irish Sea FC are linking up with Home Farm. Based on absolutely nothing..

    Yola FC are effectively looking to take Wexford FC place.

    Realistically, we'll probably see just Treaty United in there and another B team and the others being told to try again next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr A View Post
    I am reasonably confident that Harps will not avail of this option.
    I'm extremely confident we won't be. Though you'd almost have to admire the nerve if we did given how strongly we opposed the entry of Rovers Dos.
    "He mightn't always be right but he's never wrong"

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    I can see it now, another new club “Cork North End B”

    12 teams playing 3 times and premier 10 teams playing 4 times or maybe a 2nd division of 10 teams!

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    Is there anything to be said for a 'Shamrock Rovers II' team being added to the league ?

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