The North Dublin Schoolboys/Girls League was set up in 1973 and now 40 years later we are the second biggest League in the country. We cater for over 13,500 children between 7 and 19 years of age playing football in our League each week.
The NDSL was the first League to introduce small sided games into Ireland for boys and girls under the age of 11. The League was also the first to introduce basic coaching for the 7 to 11 year olds. Small sided games are now played countrywide and have been a great success in the development of our players.
The League in 1999 realised that the way forward was through coaching. Yet again the NDSL was the first to introduce an Academy into the country. In September 1999 the North Dublin S.L. Football Academy was launched. The aim of the Academy is to progress the game of association football through the improvement of playing standards within the League, to improve the standard of coaching and team management within the League, to organise opportunities for advanced coaching and to provide representative football for League players as part of their development.
Our League has a thriving section i.e. Metropolitan Girls League with approximately 100 teams which represent 1,700 girls between 11 and 18 years of age. Also the League has a vibrant Academy within the North Dublin Schoolboys/Girls League and we cater for elite players between 11 and 19 years of age. We were the proud winners of the Kennedy Cup in 2011-2012 which is the most prestigious competition in Ireland for schoolboy football. Our Under 15 Academy Squad has just won the All-Ireland Inter-League Competition and our Metropolitan Girls League Under 14 recently won the Gaynor Cup. These also are extremely prestigious tournaments and we consistently compete in competitions the length and breadth of the country, in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom and Europe.
Our websites have over 30,000 hits every week during the season – www.ndsl.ie, www.metgirlsleague.com and also the Metropolitan Girls League has a very successful Facebook Page and as a new League they currently have over 25,000 followers and consistently growing.
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