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  • Investigation into an All-Island League

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    Investigation into an All-Island League

    The question

    Is it possible to play a league between Ireland and Northern Ireland? And if so, what should such a competition look like? Naturally, the associated issues (what happens to the tickets for the UEFA tournaments?) Have also been addressed.

    Hypercube’s advice

    The first months of 2020 were dominated by an investigation into the possibilities for a so-called cross border competition. Different stakeholder groups were spoken during the four trips to both countries. The potential of club football in both Ireland and Northern Ireland is enormous. Where the national teams operate at a level that can be expected, which has been shown by analyzes with demographic and economic factors, club football is of a lower level. In both countries it is not possible to get public interest in their own club competitions off the ground.

    After extensive discussions, especially with the clubs of both countries, Hypercube concludes that a split season is the best variant for an All-Island League (AIL). In the first half of the season, there is a battle for a place in the AIL, which is played in the second half of the season. The top 10 of the AIL then compete with the champions of the Silver round in a knockout tournament for the title “King of the Island”.

    Impact

    The advice has been given and the clubs are enthusiastic. Both in the north and in the south, the clubs present have rallied behind this model. The ball lies with the Irish and Northern Irish federation to continue the process of an AIL.

    For more information about the advice and an explanation of the format, see http://allislandleague.com/