League of Ireland to return on July 31st

The FAI National League Executive Committee has ruled that the League of Ireland season will resume on Friday, July 31st – with two rounds of Premier Division games in total, including matches already played.

The National League Executive Committee (NLEC) has ruled that the SSE Airtricity League will resume from July 31st with two rounds of matches in total, including games played to date, and promotion and relegation as scheduled at the start of the 2020 season.

Following a meeting at Abbotstown on Tuesday morning, the NLEC has written to all clubs informing them that it has decided on Option 1 of the four options available for a resumption of the SSE Airtricity League.

Option 1 maintains the current position with the League to resume as planned with two rounds of fixtures, 18 in total, and counting results of matches played to date.  One club will be automatically promoted to the Premier Division from the First Division, with one club automatically relegated.

A Play-Off will take place between the ninth placed Premier Division club and the winner of the First Division play-off series involving the teams that finish 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th in the First Division. The winner of the Play-Off will play in the Premier Division of the SSE Airtricity League in the 2021 season.

Sligo Rovers will resume the campaign bottom of the Premier Division, having lost all four league games to date.

Finn Harps are two places above them on four points, having beaten Rovers 1-0 on the opening weekend of the season.

The SSE Airtricity League is set to resume on July 31st and fixtures will be announced in due course.