Summer soccer is now a reality
THERE was a collective sigh of relief among budding young soccer players in Limerick last weekend when schoolboy fixtures on grass got the go ahead.
Perhaps their parents, who had become used to their Saturday morning lie-ins over the winter months with umpteen cancellations, weren’t quite as happy to be woken from their slumber with cries of ‘Where’s my shinguards?’ and ‘I can’t find my football socks!’
Pitches have taken a beating with this never-ending winter and it is no surprise that most grass pitches which are playable are in a poor state. Weeks of cancellations have made for one mighty back-up of schoolboy fixtures. Parents –brace yourselves to be on the go night after night once the clocks go forward at the end of March!
The decision by the Limerick & District Schoolboy League to move the season into a calendar year to run from February to November is a welcome one and obviously should help greatly reduce the number of blank weekends caused by poor weather.
From February 2019, all U-7 to U-16 sides will play across four match days, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays or Saturdays. Mind you, the clash with mid-week under-age GAA fixtures is sure to cause headaches for sporting all-rounders!