College Football Association of Ireland

IT Carlow and FAI launch Soccer Degree Course

14 August 2009

On Thursday 13th August IT Carlow and the Football Association of Ireland announced the launch of the first ever Bachelor of Arts in Sports and Exercise in soccer.

The three-year full time BA in Sports and Exercise (Soccer) commences at the Institute of Technology (IT) Carlow in September and will be run in association with the FAI. Graduates of the Level 7 ordinary degree course will gain a qualification that combines coaching, fitness and player development with business or communications and public relations.

Photo caption for picture attached: From left to right: Michael Doran, Vice Chairman Governing Body IT Carlow; Paddy Browne, Chairman Governing Body; Giovanni Trapattoni, Republic of Ireland manager; John Delaney, Chief Executive FAI, Dr Ruaidhri Neavyn, IT Carlow President at the launch of the first ever Bachelor of Arts in Sports and Exercise in soccer.IT Carlow president Dr Ruaidhri Neavyn said, "We are delighted to launch this new course which represents new thinking and innovation in relation to the development of the sport as well as creating a solid link with education. I have no doubt this new course will generate a lot of interest from students interested in pursuing a career in soccer and the many business and public relations opportunities related to the game."

Welcoming the announcement, FAI Chief Executive, John Delaney said, "This course will help to improve the game in Ireland as players who wish to stay at home and work towards an education while continuing to play football can now be catered for in a new and unique way. The FAI are happy to employ two people in IT Carlow to roll out the course."

Republic of Ireland manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, present in IT Carlow to launch the new course said, "I would like to wish everyone involved in this course every success for the future. Football offers a large number of career possibilities for young people, as players and administrators. Having a course like this here in Carlow is a very positive development for the growth of our game in Ireland."

Applicants can apply for the course directly to IT Carlow and will be assessed on the basis of a combination of Leaving Certificate points and a portfolio providing details of the student's playing, volunteer and coaching background.

The degree course follows the introduction by IT Carlow of a similar programme in rugby, which is now in its second year, and GAA which also begins this September.


Paul O’Reilly

FAI Course Leader

Tel: 0871273243



Luke Hardy

FAI Course Assistant

Tel: 0868579948


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