General Rules

To register for the competition please complete the online form on or before Friday, January 26 at 5pm.

Players must be born on or after January 1, 2011. Players must be registered on the school roll on September 30, 2023.

‘A’ Cup (Small Schools)
0-25 boys on school roll in 4th, 5th, 6th class on September 30, 2023.

‘B’ Cup (Medium Schools)
26-80 boys on school roll in 4th, 5th, 6th class on September 30, 2023.

‘C’ Cup (Large Schools)
81+ boys on school roll in 4th, 5th, 6th class on September 30, 2023.

Mixed teams of boys and girls in the above competitions are allowed and encouraged.

The Girls Cups will be specifically for girls only competition.
Girls ‘A’ Cup (Small Schools)
0-25 girls on school roll in 4th, 5th, 6th class on September 30, 2023.

Girls ‘B’ Cup (Medium Schools)
26-80 girls on school roll in 4th, 5th, 6th class on September 30, 2023.

Girls ‘C’ Cup (Large Schools)
81+ girls on school roll in 4th, 5th, 6th class on September 30, 2023.

Football For All Schools Section* (Mainstream & Special Schools)
Boys & girls on school roll with additional needs.

Official referees will be used where possible. Minimum age limit for a referee is 15 years.

For the 2024 FAI Schools Primary 5s we are asking all schools to coordinate their own in-house competition prior to submitting their player registration list.

The purpose of this is to build upon the inclusivity of the programme in 2023 and encourage participation for all pupils within the school.

The FAI will provide a guide for how to conduct the in-house competition within your school once your registration is received. In advance of the day of competition, schools will receive a player registration list and must follow the procedure below:

• A squad of no more than eight players must be submitted to the local co-ordinator on the day of the competition.

• Full name of each player and the player’s date of birth should be included on the registration list.

• Signature of the teacher in charge must be on the registration list.

• Once submitted, no changes can be made to the squad for that day’s competition.

• Player’s registration lists will be available for inspection by other teachers during the competition.

• Teachers should be aware that they are responsible for the behaviour and supervision of their players. Any students attending these blitz days as spectators, should also by under the supervision of teachers.

• All schools must agree and abide by the rules of the competition.

•*Confirmation from the teacher that all players are eligible for this section of the Primary 5s (ie all players have an additional need/recognised disability). Signature of the teacher in charge must be on the registration list.

All schools are encouraged to promote the competition in their own area through local press, radio and/or social media platforms. You can use the hashtag #Primary5s and follow us on twitter and Facebook at @faischools.

All media press releases and reports must always refer to the tournament’s full title as the ‘FAI Schools Primary 5s’.