International

International football is the key driver of the FAI’s overall turnover, and our national teams capture the nation’s heart like no other sport can. Our vision is to produce competitive teams at all levels that can qualify for tournaments on a regular basis.  

Our Reality


The FAI does not have a modern, fit-for-purpose National Football Centre facility. The current FAI National Training Centre is nowhere near the same standard of facilities at comparative European Associations

  • No changing rooms for international standard players across 18 international teams, young local players, match officials or staff.

  • No high performance facilities or medical facilities e.g. medical centre, player analysis, sports science, recovery facilities or player support facilities.

  • No fit for purpose education and development facilities for the delivery of coach development

  • Very poor playing surfaces, including ageing artificial surfaces that will need to be replaced.

  • Zero security infrastructure to prevent general public gaining access to pitches

  • A single reclaimed container acting as a makeshift room for the player analysis team

Our Vision


It is unsustainable for the biggest participation sport in Ireland not to have a genuine National Football Centre. We must develop the existing base infrastructure to create a world-class facility that aligns with Sport Ireland’s vision for the national campus.

National Football Centre

To achieve success, we need to support the development our top performers and future generation of the highest quality Irish international player and a best in class NFC is critical to realising this goal.

Strategic Enhancement

Our goal is to produce competitive international teams at all levels and across both genders – teams that can qualify for tournaments on a regular basis

Upgraded Facilities

We need funding and investment to create a covered dome and 4G pitch, two FIFA quality 4G pitches, 3 FIFA quality grass pitches

Focused Advancements

Alongside a security infrastructure, we need medical, sports science and Kit and Equipment facilities as well as changing, coaching, analysis and education facilities

  • National Football Centre

    To achieve success, we need to support the development our top performers and future generation of the highest quality Irish international player and a best in class NFC is critical to realising this goal.

  • Strategic Enhancement

    Our goal is to produce competitive international teams at all levels and across both genders – teams that can qualify for tournaments on a regular basis

  • Upgraded Facilities

    We need funding and investment to create a covered dome and 4G pitch, two FIFA quality 4G pitches, 3 FIFA quality grass pitches

  • Focused Advancements

    Alongside a security infrastructure, we need medical, sports science and Kit and Equipment facilities as well as changing, coaching, analysis and education facilities

Our Future


We believe a fit-for-purpose National Football Centre can be established within our existing campus footprint aligning to the Sport Ireland (SI) Campus vision

LEAGUE OF IRELAND
390m*
  • Equipped with modern stands and seating for fans
  • Modern facilities for supports and attendees
  • New grass playing surfaces
  • LED floodlighting
  • LED perimeter ad boards
  • Modern media and broadcast facilities
  • Food and beverage options
International
47m*
  • A National Football Centre building
  • 2 x FIFA Quality 4G pitches
  • A FIFA Quality 4G pitch with a covered dome
  • FIFA Quality grass pitches
  • Security infrastructure
  • Medical, sports science and kit equipment facilities
  • Changing, coaching, analysis and education facilities
Grassroots
426m*
  • New grass pitches and upgrades to existing pitches
  • New floodlights
  • New and upgraded clubhouses and changing rooms
  • More community-ready facilities
Total
863m
  • This is football’s time to inspire the next generation of international players by providing suitable training facilities for our international teams and demonstrating to young boys and girls that Ireland recognises the importance of the global game

Find further details in our full report