Set up in 1921, FAI is Republic of Ireland’s foremost governing body of football – controlling the activities of all of Ireland’s international football teams and is affiliated to FIFA. FAI aims to promote, foster and develop football within the country – which it has been successful in, as there are over 180,000 people play football in Irish football clubs and schools. Many others are involved as coaches, officials and volunteers.
Through its own affiliated bodies the FAI also organizes all domestic competitions from the Eircom League and FAI Carlsberg Cup to the FAI Schools’ 6-a-side competition. Along side these activities, FAI is also active in the training and education of players, coaches and officials and aims to develop better facilities and support services for all those involved in the game.