Republic of Ireland Intermediate/Junior Football League Systems

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Intermediate and Junior football in the Republic of Ireland can be defined as all leagues outside of the Republic of Ireland football league system. Outside Ireland's senior football league system, competitions mostly revolve around the 4 provinces of Ireland and the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland.

Intermediate provincial competitions take place in three of the four provinces Munster,[1] Leinster,[2] Ulster,[3] called the Munster Senior League, Leinster Senior League and Ulster Senior League respectively. Connacht does not have its own provincial league. Despite its name the Ulster Senior League only consists of teams from County Donegal and a Derry City reserve team. The District Leagues which take place in each individual county do not necessarily act as feeder leagues to provincial leagues.

About the system[edit]

The system consists of a hierarchy of leagues, bound together by the principle of promotion and relegation. Clubs that are successful in their league can rise higher in the pyramid, whilst those that finish at the bottom can find themselves sinking further down. The only way for a club to rise from an Intermediate league to the League of Ireland is by applying to the FAI for promotion if they wish. Also, the only way for a club playing in a Junior county league to gain promotion to a provincial Intermediate is to apply to the Provincial Football Association of that province for promotion.

Structure[edit]

Junior Football in Ireland consists of roughly 30 district and provincial leagues, most of which are drawn according to county borders. Some leagues consist of teams drawn from 2 or more counties, such as County Sligo and County Leitrim having a combined league. In Leinster and Munster however, provincial divisions above the county district leagues exist. The exact number of clubs varies from year to year as clubs join and leave leagues or fold altogether.

The system[edit]

  • Level 1 represents the highest level of football outside the Republic of Ireland football league system. It is currently Ireland's third highest level of football.
  • Levels 1-4 are regarded as Intermediate grades.
  • All levels below are Junior grades.

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

Connacht

Leinster

Munster

Ulster

1

No League at this Level

14 clubs - 2 relegations

(Beamish Stout Munster Senior League Senior Premier Division)
10 clubs - 2 relegations

(Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League Senior Division)
9 clubs

2

No League at this Level

14 clubs - 2 promotions, 2 relegations

(Beamish Stout Munster Senior League Senior 1st Division)
10 clubs - 2 promotions, 2 relegations

No League at this Level

3

No League at this Level

14 clubs - 2 promotions, 2 relegations

(Beamish Stout Munster Senior League Senior 2nd Division)
11 clubs - 2 promotions

No League at this Level

4

No League at this Level

14 clubs - 2 promotions, 2 relegations

No League at this Level

No League at this Level

5

(All divisions run in parallel)

(All divisions run in parallel)

  • Leinster Senior League Major
    12 clubs
  • Amateur Football League Premier Division
    8 clubs
  • Athletic Union League Premier A
    12 clubs
  • Carlow & District Football League Premier Division
    10 clubs
  • Combined Counties Football League Senior Division
    10 clubs
  • Dundalk & District Junior League Premier Division
    7 clubs
  • Kildare & District Football League Senior Division
    10 clubs
  • Kilkenny & District Soccer League Premier Division
    9 clubs
  • Leinster Football League Development League
    15 clubs
  • Meath & District League Premier Division
    11 clubs
  • United Churches Football League Premier Division
    10 clubs
  • Wexford Football League Premier Division
    11 clubs
  • Wicklow & District Football League Premier Division
    10 clubs

(All divisions run in parallel)

(All divisions run in parallel)

6

(All divisions run in parallel)

(All divisions run in parallel)

  • Leinster Senior League Major 1
    10 clubs
  • Amateur Football League Division 1
    9 clubs
  • Athletic Union League Premier B
    12 clubs
  • Combined Counties Football League Premier Division
    10 clubs
  • Carlow & District Football League Division 1
    9 clubs
  • Dundalk & District Junior League First Division
    10 clubs
  • Kildare & District Football League Premier Division
    10 clubs
  • Kilkenny & District Soccer League Division 1
    9 clubs
  • Leinster Football League Major Division
    8 clubs
  • Meath & District League Division 1
    11 clubs
  • United Churches Football League Division 1
    10 clubs
  • Wexford Football League Division 1
    12 clubs
  • Wicklow & District Football League Division 1
    9 clubs

(All divisions run in parallel)

(All divisions run in parallel)

7

(All divisions run in parallel)

(All divisions run in parallel)

  • Leinster Senior League Premier
    12 clubs
  • Amateur Football League Premier C
    13 clubs
  • Athletic Union League Division 2
    10 clubs
  • Carlow & District Football League Division 2
    8 clubs
  • Combined Counties Football League Division 1
    10 clubs
  • Cork Business & Shipping League Division 2
    7 clubs
  • Kildare & District Football League Division 1
    9 clubs
  • Kilkenny & District Soccer League Division 2
    10 clubs
  • Leinster Football League Division 1
    13 clubs
  • Meath & District League Division 2
    10 clubs
  • United Churches Football League Division 2
    9 clubs
  • Wexford Football League Division 2
    12 clubs
  • Wicklow & District Football League Division 2
    9 clubs

(All divisions run in parallel)

  • Donegal Junior League Division 2
    9 clubs

8

(All divisions run in parallel)

(All divisions run in parallel)

  • Leinster Senior League Premier 1
    14 clubs
  • Carlow & District Football League Division 3
    10 clubs
  • Combined Counties Football League Division 2
    9 clubs
  • Kildare & District Football League Division 2
    8 clubs
  • Kilkenny & District Soccer League Division 3
    7 clubs
  • Meath & District League Division 3
    12 clubs
  • United Churches Football League Division 2A/B
    12/11 clubs
  • Wexford Football League Division 2A
    12 clubs
  • Wicklow & District Football League Division 3
    14 clubs

(All divisions run in parallel)

No League at this Level

9

(All divisions run in parallel)

(All divisions run in parallel)

  • Leinster Senior League Division 2
    14 clubs
  • Combined Counties Football League Division 3A/B
    8/9 clubs
  • Kildare & District Football League Division 3
    9 clubs
  • Meath & District League Division 4
    11 clubs
  • United Churches Football League Division 3
    12 clubs
  • Wexford Football League Division 3
    12 clubs

(All divisions run in parallel)

No League at this Level

10

(All divisions run in parallel)

  • Leinster Senior League Division 3
    14 clubs
  • Combined Counties Football League Division 4A/B
    10/10 clubs
  • Kildare & District Football League Division 4
    8 clubs
  • United Churches Football League Division 3A/B
    12/12 clubs
  • Wexford Football League Division 3A
    12 clubs

(All divisions run in parallel)

No League at this Level

11

No League at this Level

  • Wexford Football League Division 4
    12 clubs

No League at this Level

No League at this Level

League Websites[edit]

Leinster[edit]

References[edit]