Irish Football Association Ltd, Belfast

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updated on 30 March 2019

Official Data

Official Name
IRISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION LIMITED
Reg. office address
THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL STADIUM, DONEGALL AVENUE, BT12 6LW, BELFAST, Antrim
Company Number
R0000327
Jurisdiction
Northern Ireland
VAT Number
192834089
SIC Code
93110 - Operation of sports facilities
Date of Incorporation
08 Jan 1909
Company Type
PRI/LTD BY GUAR/NSC (Private, limited by guarantee, no share capital)

Description

The Irish FA is the governing body for football in Northern Ireland. The Association is responsible for developing, promoting and fostering International, Domestic and Grassroots football in Northern Ireland.


Company description
Founded in the Queens Hotel, Belfast back on 18th November 1880 the Irish Football Association is the fourth oldest governing body in the world behind the other three home associations.This inaugural meeting was at the behest of the Cliftonville club - the oldest in Ireland - who gathered clubs from Belfast and the outlying districts together with a view to creating a unifying constitution and set of rules along the lines of those adopted by their Scottish counterparts some seven years earlier.The aims of this fledgling, but ambitious, body were to promote, foster and develop the game throughout the island. Clubs represented at this historic gathering, alongside Cliftonville, were Avoneil, Distillery, Knock, Oldpark, Moyola Park and the Limavady-based Alexander. Football itself first came to Ireland a couple of years earlier when Scottish clubs Queens Park and The Caledonians staged an exhibition at the Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh after John M.
McAlery, the first secretary of the new association, had discovered the game whilst on honeymoon in Edinburgh. Major Spencer Chichester was appointed President and plans were formulated to stage a Challenge Cup competition, eventually won by Moyola Park in a 1-0 defeat of Cliftonville on 9th April 1881.
International football followed soon after although a 13-0 defeat at the hands of England at the Knock Ground, Bloomfield in 1882 wasn't quite the start that might have been desired.
Keywords:
Football Club, Recreation & Fitness, Leisure Centre, Sports Clubs and Associations, Sports & Recreation, Outdoors, Sports Centre, Non-Profit Organisation, Sports Ground
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