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The Establishment of the Irish Football Association, By Trevor Adair

August 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Considered by many to be one of the world’s most important soccer organizations, the Irish Football Association (IFA) was established on November 18, 1880, in Belfast, Ireland. As the game’s fourth oldest governing body, the Irish Football Association brought together clubs and leagues from Belfast and other areas of the country with the goal of developing a uniform set of rules and a constitution. By the end of the century, the IFA joined the International Football Board and eventually brought such innovations as the spot-kick and the offside foul to the game. These changes would soon be adopted by soccer governing bodies around the world.

Today, the Irish Football Association oversees games played by Ireland’s approximately 960 registered men’s and women’s teams, representing more than 25,000 players. The IFA engages in charity relations and encourages youth participation in the sport.

About the Author:
Trevor Adair has dedicated his professional life to coaching soccer. Adair currently serves as an Assistant Coach at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.