Limerick FC are to take part in a newly established U-17 league that was launched on Monday in Abbotstown.
The Super Blues will compete in Section One of the competition and their first game will be at home to UCD on the weekend ending August 9.
Managed by Dave Dineen the side open their season at home to UCD and will play 14 games throughout the season which finishes in December. The other teams in Limerick’s section are as follows: Waterford United, Cobh Ramblers, Wexford Youths, Cork City, Bray Wanderers and Cabinteely.
One of the goals of the league is to cut back on the amount of young players making the move to the harsh world of English football who then find themselves back in Ireland a short time later.
speaking at the launch of the league yesterday, FAI High Performance Director Ruud Dokter said: “There are now less opportunities for players to make it in England because the academies are full of foreign players. It’s a big industry so it’s vital we have quality leagues in Ireland.”
The U-17 and U-19 seasons this year will run from August to December but will revert to the same schedule as the SSE Airtricity Premier Division and First Division in Summer 2016.
Limerick U-19s won the Southern section of the league last season before losing to St Pat’s in the semi-final. Limerick FCs U-19 side will be looking to follow on from last season’s success as they open up their campaign away to Cobh Ramblers on Sunday, August 23.
Along with Cobh they will compete against Waterford United, Wexford Youths, Cork City, Bray Wanderers and UCD in a new look U-19 league.