College Football Association of Ireland

CFAI attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Penalty Kicks

CFAI attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Penalty Kicks

16 January 2012

To mark the 40th anniversary of the association, the CFAI, in partnership with the FAI, ITT Dublin and Senior College Dun Laoghaire and SARI, is attempting to break the Guinness World Record Attempt for consecutive penalties which was set by the Major League Soccer in New York last June.

Established in 1972, the College Football Association of Ireland is the largest third level football representative body on the island of Ireland, with over 40 member colleges. To mark the 40th anniversary of the association, the CFAI, in partnership with the FAI, ITT Dublin and Senior College Dun Laoghaire and SARI, is attempting to break the Guinness World Record Attempt for consecutive penalties which was set by the Major League Soccer in New York last June. 

The challenge being set is to smash the record of 742 and aim for a minimum of 1,000 penalty kicks, as part of a full day charity event. John Delaney, Chief Executive of the FAI, has called the event a “great opportunity to celebrate football”. An event website has been established.

The event will take place in Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday the 15th of February in partnership with CFAI member colleges Senior College Dun Laoghaire and ITT Dublin, who are themselves celebrating their 20 year anniversary, and coincidentally their students Rag Week.

It is hoped that the whole community will get behind the record attempt and with the onus on taking the kick, and not specifically scoring, even people with limited footballing ability can have a go.  

The CFAI would like to acknowledge the tremendous support and encouragement which is being shown by local schools, public representatives, relevant local authorities and agencies, without which the event would not be possible.

The two charity’s chosen for the event are The National Children’s Hospital Tallaght and Sports Against Racism Ireland (SARI).

The Launch which was held in Tallaght Stadium today and was attended by John Delaney, Chief Executive FAI, Brian Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Padraig Carney, Chairperson of the CFAI, Brendan Maguire, Head of the Event Organising Committee, Nicola Coffey, Marketing & Events Manager, Tallaght Stadium, Mark Mooney, Student Union President, IT Tallaght, Perry Ogden, Chairman of Board, Sports Against Racism Ireland, Ciara O'Grady, Director of Fundraising & Events, National Children's Hospital, Mary Cullen, Principal, St. Anne's School, Tallaght, Enda Timoney, St. Mark's Community School

Photos from the launch

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