New Under-17 league
Wexford Youths are among the clubs named by the F.A.I. on Friday to participate in its new SSE Airtricity Under-17 National League.
The new competition will provide another step on Ireland's elite player pathway. Its establishment will bridge the gap between schoolboy football which runs up to Under-16 level and the SSE Airtricity Under-19 league which is now firmly established as a springboard for young talented players into adult football.
The new league will offer elite players, many of whom will have graduated from the F.A.I's Emerging Talent programme, their first opportunity to play in a national league, as well as a chance to train, practice and play at an elite level in this age group.
In all, 22 clubs will compete, including 19 of the SSE Airtricity League clubs (excluding Galway United), as well as Mervue United, Salthill Devon, and the Monaghan United Cavan Football Partnership.
The first season will be truncated, running from August to December, to facilitate the move to a single calendar season. The second season will run alongside the SSE Airtricity League season, from April to November 2016.
Clubs will compete in three sections nationally, with Wexford Youths in an eight-team group with Bray Wanderers, UCD, Cork City, Cobh Ramblers, Limerick, Waterford United and Cabinteely.
Wexford Youths will be holding trials for Under-17 and Under-19 squads on Bank Holiday Monday, June 1, and Saturday, June 6. Under-17 (born in 1999 and 2000) are to attend from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., with Under-19 (born in 1996, 1997 and 1998) to attend from 2 to 4 p.m. Players interested to text Tom Elmes (087-9897071).
All players interested in attending these dates must text their full name, full date of birth and current club to Tom Elmes on 087 9897071.