The FAI have yet to make contact with Intermediate clubs with regard to joining a potential League of Ireland third tier.
News broke yesterday that the Football Association of Ireland where exploring the option of adding a division to the current LOI structure.
While details as to how a third division would work or indeed where not revealed it’s believed the FAI are considering making up a division that would comprise of LOI reserve or Under-23 sides and a number of top end Intermediate sides.
Without the full details on the table it’s hard to know whether or taking part would benefit amateur sides.
However reaction online yesterday wasn’t overly positive.
The JSP reached out to Intermediate clubs from Leinster and Cork yesterday to see if they had, had discussion with the FAI with regard to how a third division would work and what their involvement would be.
Just over 60 percent of the Intermediate top flight clubs got back and 100 percent confirmed they haven’t had any contact from the FAI with regard to a muted third tier.
Indeed, it seems the first the clubs that responded heard about a potential third tier involving Intermediate sides was when the news broke in the Sun newspaper yesterday.
It is quite possible and probably best practice that the FAI would contact the Munster Senior League or Leinster Senior League to discuss the proposal and to get feed back, but the clubs contacted haven’t been contacted by the leagues they are affiliated with.
While contact hasn’t been made it may just be around the corner. News yesterday hinted things are at the idea stage and the FAI may want to get a more concrete plan together before bringing it to League of Ireland and Intermediate clubs.