The Football Association of Ireland has published its 2016-2020 Strategic Plan which sets out the key areas for development and change within Irish football over the next five years. These areas will be prioritised in the Associationâs planning as it heads towards its Centenary Year in 2021.
The new Strategic Plan is the third five-year document prepared by the Association under the stewardship of its Chief Executive, John Delaney, and the key objectives delivered during the past ten years include the Aviva Stadium, the FAI National Training Centre, FAI Headquarters, the merger with the SSE Airtricity League, the introduction of a Womenâs National League, co-funded Development Officers, qualification for European Championship finals at senior and under-age level, increased participation numbers, more qualified coaches and referees, plus the implementation of the original Technical Plan.
The 2016-2020 Strategic Plan sets out the FAIâs goals for delivering improvements in nine specific Pillars which are:
Pillar 1 - Participation
Pillar 2 - Club and Community Development
Pillar 3 - Womenâs Football
Pillar 4 - Player Development
Pillar 5 - SSE Airtricity League
Pillar 6 - National Competitions
Pillar 7 - International Football
Pillar 8 - Facilities
Pillar 9 - Organisational Development
âOur ambition is to ensure we maintain a clear focus on continuous improvement to the benefit of all key strands of the game,â explained FAI CEO John Delaney. âThe platform from which we seek to deliver our ambitions is a healthy one. As we look ahead to a very important period when the FAI will host four matches in the UEFA EURO 2020, we must ensure that our organisation â volunteers and administrators â is geared to plan, manage and drive the sport forward, in a collaborative fashion, to achieve very clear objective in nine Pillars which will see all key strands of the game develop and progress in very clear ways.â
FAI President Tony Fitzgerald said: âI believe that the path forward contained in this plan is an appropriate one and that by working collectively, we can ensure a very positive future for football in Ireland.â
The 2016-2020 Strategic Plan was presented to FAI staff on Tuesday and to volunteers representing all strands of the game earlier today and a copy can viewed by clicking the following following link.