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2016/17 Third Level Football Season launched

22 September 2016

The 2016/17 Third Level Football season was launched at FAI HQ today. This season's Leagues will see 108 teams from 50 Third Level institutions compete across five divisions in the CUFL and three divisions in the WSCAI. The launch had representatives attend from all third level institutions as well as a number of star players for each side including Jamie McGrath and Jack Watson, who also play in the SSE Airtricity League.

Speaking at the launch, Mark Scanlon, FAI National Co-ordinator for Schools and Third Level football, said: "We're delighted to be able have this launch in Abbotstown for the second year in a row for the men's and women's divisions.
"We're looking forward to another great season with the quality increasing all the time. Last year, we had 2811 registered players in third level football across the various different divisions.

"We had five divisions of men's football, which catered for 78 teams last year. We had two divisions in the Women's football and that is expanding to three this year, with 24 teams now involved.
"It is a huge opportunity for everyone across the universities and colleges to play football whilst also importantly offering scholarship opportunities for young footballers to get third level education."

Neil O'Donnell from the WSCAI (Women's Soccer Colleges Association of Ireland) said: "It is a really important year as it is a World University games year and we will be focused on making the preparations for next year's games.
"We've introduced a new cup and league competition structure as well as a more competitive environment. We've done this as there has been an increase in Women's National League players which has seen the standard of the league go up so we're looking forward to another exciting season."

Padraig Carney from the CUFL (Colleges and Universities Football League) said: "This is the 11th season of the Combined Colleges and Universities Men's Football League, and with 83 teams for over 1500 players, it is now one of the biggest leagues in the country.
"A lot of organisation goes into the league and we're extremely grateful to the FAI for their administrative, financial and technical support.

"I'd like to thank all who contributed to the successful campaign last year and I'm looking forward to another great year in Third Level football."

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