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    Should eL break for the World Cup?

    I know it's happening but personally, I don't think we should. I just dont see why our national league should stop when our own national team aren't even involved and even then I'd have doubts. Opinions?
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    I don't think they should but I see the logic behind it. The EL is worried that people would rather stay at home or go to the pub and watch the WC instead of turning up at EL games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmandmythdledge
    I don't think they should but I see the logic behind it. The EL is worried that people would rather stay at home or go to the pub and watch the WC instead of turning up at EL games.
    Is that not the case already?

    I don't think it should, maybe they should have thought about it on the other hand that maybe some people might get the buzz for a quick fix of live football during the WC. Though this is very, very unlikely!
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    Don't see a problem with a md season break if its the same two week every year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raheny Red
    Is that not the case already?
    Ye but there would usually be no competition in the summer.

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    I'm all for a break in the season - especially this season!
    Seriously, I don't think there's any point when you're up against the World Cup. And if it gives us more football at the end, it can't be bad.

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    I agree with BohDiddley on this, we shouldn't go up against the World Cup.

    Also, you have to look at it from the Players prespective, I'm sure they'll want to watch as much of the Cup as possible, which having a break gives them a chance to catch some of the earlier stages

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    The eL should not clash with the international calender. When Ireland play any international, there should be no games as there are players being called up to the team - Byrne and Gamble - and all the U21s

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    I don't see the point of breaking for the first three weeks of the tournament.

    Aren't we going to be in competition with the latter stages - the eL resumes on the week ending June 25th and the WC don't end til 9th July i think
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    eL fans, i'd imagine would like to see the national team in the world cup and to have domestic based players who are good enough to play in the world cup so yeah .... the break is a good thing.
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    No, for 4 reasons:

    1. Ireland's World Cup involvement ended 8 months ago.

    2. By having the league going on during the WC, it will entice more people, I believe, to come and watch live games on the back of the tournament.

    3. It harms our sides in Europe with European commitments. It's not good for them fitnesswise, to go into Europe in the near future, having not played for 2 weeks.

    4. This is summer football. It demands that games are played at this time of the year, on EVERY week of it. Every club player and official in the NL, is aware of this situation before the league starts. If you want to take holidays during the summer, then get out of this league, and get involved in Junior Football!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mypost
    If you want to take holidays during the summer, then get out of this league, and get involved in Junior Football!!!
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    I am totally against it coz clubs have to pay the players the 2 weeks wages without getting any football outta them....am gonna miss my fix of live football and go demented.

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    Actually, it suits me fine cos I'm being sent abroad with
    work during the eL break so I wont miss any games

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    if the league is run better then maybe 2 week break would be ok. But i say no, becuase fixtures have been all over the shop so far with some teams not playing in 2 weeks ,while others play 3 or 4 in same period. This break will inevitably lead to more fixture messing and congestion. Also players still need to be paid throughout this break, which is very difficult for most clubs without a gate receipt in those couple of weeks.

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    Absolutely not. Only if Ireland are competing. Season will grind on now til december again.

    We have no "home" game from May 7 til June 21 and am sure other clubs are in the same position. Especially that ourselves and Limerick have 2 back games to play now so players will be idle for nearly 3 weeks and will probably have to play those games in the space of a few days not to mention the inconvenience for the supporters.

    You think managers in this day and age are gonna say to the players: "Right lads go off and get ****ed for a fortnight and then come back"? Players will be training during the break. Players are off for the winter. Go on hols then ffs.


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    I don't see any need. People who would miss games to watch TV wouldn't go anyway so I don't think there'd be much of a loss in crowds. It would be the perfect opportunity to market the league with everyone talking about football for a month. It needlessly extends the season too.
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    I voted yes as I think ther should be a mid season break, but I think it should be so every year and not just because of the World Cup.I belive the vast majority of LOI fans will go see their team play whenever they can despite the fact that any other game is on. And if Ireland were playing in such tournaments I don't think anyone would have a problem with brought forward/delayed kick-off times in the League
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    I think crowds were markedly down during Euro 2004, even though Ireland weren't involved, which is probably why it's coming in. Also, it's to allow players to take a summer holiday. The latter stages of the World Cup will still clash, but you can't have everything - you can't have clubs inactive for a month or five weeks, as wages presumably still have to be paid. Also, there's fewer games in the latter stages (one or two a day), so basically less football to clash.

    Suits me too as I'm off to Canada for two weeks on Saturday. Thought I was going to miss the Derry game, but the nice people at Setanta brought it forward a day for the telly too!

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    When they decided this, they should have also said that whoever had games which were previously postponed, they would have to have them rearranged during these 2 weeks. It would prevent a build up of games and they would still be able to play them at the weekend, meaning no midweek fixtures and still having a half decent crowd attending.

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