A potted history of the Amateur Football League and the Oscar Traynor Coaching
& Development Centre
The Amateur Football League was founded in Dublin on the 23rd May 1954 with
12 Clubs playing Saturday football and was formerly known as the Dublin Amateur
The League was founded to provide football for people who were amateurs, playing
in a competitive spirit.
The League provides soccer as a sport, administered on behalf of the members
by voluntary officials, who endeavour to be impartial at all times in the way
they administer the League.
Our Representative Team won the Oscar Traynor National Inter League Trophy
on four occasions 1969/70; 1990/91; 1991/92 and 2006-7 season. Runners up in
1966/67; 1975/76; 1984/85; 1987/1988. Our Youth Representative Team won the
National Inter League Trophy in 1988/89 and was runners up in 1975/76.
In 1979 at a meeting held in Clontarf Rugby Club, Castle Avenue the Amateur
Football League embarked on a project to acquire a site for the AFL Coaching
and Development Centre. It was opened by the then Lord Mayor of Dublin in September
1985. The Amateur Football League was the first League within the Football Association
of Ireland to have its own Sports and Administration Centre. That year the league
had 121 Clubs with 222 teams. With the help of a grant of £105,000 from
the then Department of Education the balance of the finance of £437.000
was raised by the League clubs.
In 2001 the Trustees of the League entered into discussion with North Dublin
Schoolboy/girls League with the aspiration of the amalgamation of both Leagues
to further develop the site as a Coaching and Development Centre for Football
The North Dublin League founded in 1973 now provides football for over 680
teams, together with an excellent Coaching Academy for a wide range of age groups.
Dublin City Council agreed to the merger, with four Trustees from each league
forming the Board of Control. The Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation
agreed to the new project and provisionally allocated substantial grants to
the new development. The lease on the property provides for the facility to
be used only for the development of Association Football.
The two leagues agreed and so the Oscar Traynor Coaching & Development
Centre was born. Seven highly respected football committed gentlemen accepted
the invitation to become Directors of the new Company to develop a modern facility
for the football on behalf of both Leagues. The Centre has a first class grass
pitch, together with its own sprinkler and drainage system installed to allow
matches to be played all year round. The Centre has received planning permission
to install floodlights. The pitch was used to host one of the UEFA under 16
Championship games. The Centre has an all-weather pitch similar to that installed
by Real Madrid and Manchester Utd and is FIFA recommended. It is 118m x 76m
and is floodlit and is available for Schoolboy and Junior Internationals.
The Football Association of Ireland and The Department of Tourism, Sport and
Recreation through the Irish Sports Council have been very generous in allocating
finance to continue the development of the Centre.
As we move onwards to continue the updating of Administration and Coaching
Facilities and dressing rooms we compliment all the voluntary officials, who
ensured that the spirit of amateurism would be the key factor in their commitment
to the development of the Centre of Excellence.