January 21, 2021
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The Blues are coming back: Good news for Waterford FC fans as League Of Ireland to kick off again

There’s good news for Waterford FC fans after it was announced that the League of Ireland will resume on July 31, it has been confirmed.

The format of the season will be two series of matches, with promotion and relegation remaining the same.

Waterford FC are currently sixth in the table but are searching for a new manager after Alan Reynolds joined Dundalk recently.

The format is likely to infuriate a number of Premier Division clubs who were very much against a policy where two teams could be relegated on the back of an 18-game season.

In a statement, the FAI said: “The National League Executive Committee has ruled that the SSE Airtricity League will resume from 31 July with two rounds of matches in total, including games played to date, and promotion and relegation as scheduled at the start of the 2020 season.

“Following a meeting at Abbotstown this morning, the NLEC has written to all clubs informing them that it has decided on Option one of the four options available for a resumption of the SSE Airtricity League.

“Option one maintains the current position with the League to resume as planned with two rounds of fixtures, 18 in total, and counting results of matches played to date.  One club will be automatically promoted to the Premier Division from the First Division, with one club automatically relegated.

“A play-off will take place between the ninth placed Premier Division club and the winner of the First Division play-off series involving the teams that finish 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th in the First Division. The winner of the Play-Off will play in the Premier Division of the SSE Airtricity League in the 2021 season.”

Fixtures will be announced in due course.


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