Whilst Gaelic Games are the most popular sport in the country, soccer, or football as it’s commonly known here, would be a close second. The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) are the governing body and oversee domestic leagues and national teams. Football is especially popular in urban areas and in 2016–17 the Leinster Senior League (LSL) for adults operated 26 divisions. The Dublin and District Schoolboys League (DDSL), founded in 1943, is affiliated with more than 200 clubs and operates divisions from boys and girls under 7 right up to under 18s.
The top tiers of football in Ireland are known as the SSE Airtricity League with two divisions: The Premier Division and the First Division. There are three Dublin teams in the Premier Division: Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic. There are three Dublin teams in the First Division: Cabinteely, Shelbourne and UCD. At international level, the Republic of Ireland field twenty teams with the Irish senior men’s and women’s being the most well known.
Football Association of Ireland (FAI)
The governing body of football in Ireland. Responsible for the domestic game and the various international teams at all levels.