The hunt is on for the Holy Grail of junior soccer, the prestigious FAI Junior Cup that is sponsored this season, not only by Umbro, but by the Aviva Stadium and as part of the centenary celebrations of the FAI Junior Council in 2013 will stage the Final next May. Regarded as one of the biggest knockout competitions in Europe it will see over 600 teams from all four corners of Ireland battling it out to etch their name for season 2012-2013 on this most coveted prize.
Like last season the 48 teams will contest 3 ‘local’ Rounds from the area covering the West Waterford/East Cork League (WWEC), North Tipperary & District League (NTDL) and the Tipperary Southern & District League (TSDL). The TSDL has the most with 27 teams, NTDL has 16 teams and the WWEC making up the balance with 5 teams.
As usual, the last five standing after the ‘local’ rounds will advance to the ‘Open Draw’ stage. For some unknown reason all 48 entries got byes in the 1st Round, so it’s all 2nd Round ties that will be played on Sunday week 16th September.