Cork Business League COVID-19 Support Page

The following page is to provide one source of information in relation to COVID-19 and how the Cork Business League plans to return to football for the 2020/2021 season. The page layout shows the most recent updates first, followed by older details. Therefore, from newest to oldest in descending order.

Last Updated Friday 26th 2020 @ 09:30

Thursday 25th June

The Football Association of Ireland has launched a Safer Return to Play Protocol

Important information for adult amateur & underage football to return to full-contact training & training games can be found here:

Wednesday 24th June

Friday 19th June

The Football Association of Ireland has today approved a new Safer Return to Football Pathway that will see Adult Amateur and Underage football permitted to return to full-contact training, including training games between teams from the same club, from June 29th and authorised to make a full return to playing friendly games from July 11th and competitive matches from July 18th. Full press release can be found here.
The CBL is currently reviewing this information and will advise further on when we can begin our 2020 / 2021 season. Also, we will be scheduling our AGM to take place between now and August.

Friday 19th June

Today, the government confirmed that all sport can return on 29th June, including competitive league action. However, the CBL will await further communication from the FAI on when we can start our 2020 / 2021 season. Read more on the government announcement here .

Monday 15th June 2020

All clubs under the jurisdiction of the FAI can make a Safer Return to Training from today, June 15th, in line with the FAI’s Protocol and Government guidelines.

To help clubs get back to training, FAI Medical Director Dr Alan Byrne addresses your FAQs on FAI TV.

Saturday 13th June 2020

The FAI have published a SMART checklist for all stakeholders in football to ensure training returns safely.

This includes:
– Clubs
– Compliance Officers
– Coaches
– Adult Players

See graphics below.


Friday 12th June

Safety First on Return to Training | Top Tips

All you need to know to prepare for a safe return to training with expert advice, detailed guidelines and recommended coaching practices. Read more here: FAI Safe Return To Training Coaching

Monday 8th June 2020

  • The Football Association of Ireland has today launched a “Safer Return to Training Protocol” document for all adult amateur clubs, ahead of a return to training from Monday, June 15th 2020.
  • The primary aim of the protocol is to support clubs affiliated with the FAI in protecting the health and safety of the players, coaches and essential personnel within the clubs as they return to the training ground. Department of Health guidelines and Public Health Policy will be followed at all times.
  • Today’s protocol publication provides a thorough and comprehensive step-by-step explanation to the pathway that permits all adult amateur clubs, to return to training on or after next Monday, June 15th 2020.
  • All clubs must appoint a COVID-19 Compliance Officer and carry out a risk assessment before any return is authorised.

Note: Subject to Government guidelines, no matches, competitive or friendly, are allowed until further notice under the jurisdiction of the FAI.

Please download, read and submit the following documents made available today:

All queries should be directed to but CBL secretary Peter Travers will assist where necessary.

Friday 5th June 2020

FAI welcomes new Government measures on return for Irish sport

Tuesday 26th May 2020

Thanks, to FansVoiceTV for having our secretary Peter Travers on the show to discuss the decision to cancel the 2019 / 2020 season!
The show consisted of input from the other leagues in Cork too – Munster Senior League, the AUL, West Cork League, Cork Youth League, Cork Schoolboys League and Cork Women’s Soccer.

Sunday 24th May 2020

Today, Sunday 24th May 2020, the Cork Business League & CR Coaching announce a new partnership for the 2020 / 2021 season. Read more here.

Sunday 24th May 2020

Following a Management Committee meeting this evening, the Cork Business League can confirm the 2019 / 2020 season will not be completed. Read more here.

Tuesday 19th May 2020

The Cork Business League 2020 AGM that was due to the held at the end of May / beginning of June 2020, has now been postponed. Read more here.

Monday 18th May 2020

FAQ with FAI Medical Director Dr. Alan Byrne – Pathway for a safer return to Football

Friday 15th May 2020

FAI announce pathway for a safer return to football. Read more here.


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