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NIFL announce dates for Irish League's end of season playoffs

Coleraine's Eoin Bradley will be hoping to play in the Europa League playoffs
Coleraine's Eoin Bradley will be hoping to play in the Europa League playoffs

The Northern Ireland Football League has announced the prospective dates for the Irish League's end of season playoffs.

After today's licensing announce the current scenario means three, four or five teams could be competing in the Europa League playoffs.

Scenarios 3 and 4 (below) assume that Ballinamallard United will be granted a UEFA Licence under the exceptional process granted to cup winners from outside the top division.

Should Ballinamallard United win the Irish Cup their participation in the UEFA Europa League can only be assumed based on the recommendation of the Licensor (IFA), to UEFA, for ‘special permission to be granted’ for an exceptional UEFA Licence.

The deadline across Europe for all exceptional applications is 3 May 2019.

 

Scenarios:

1. If Crusaders win the Irish Cup and Glentoran finish in 7th position then 4 teams would compete in the play off.

i.e. Glenavon, Cliftonville, Coleraine and Glentoran

2. If Crusaders win the Irish Cup and Institute finish in 7th position then 3 teams would compete in the play off. In this event the highest ranked club (Glenavon) would receive a bye into the final.

i.e. Glenavon, Cliftonville and Coleraine

3. If Ballinamallard win the Irish Cup and Glentoran finish in 7th position then 5 teams would compete in the play off.

i.e. Glenavon, Crusaders, Cliftonville, Coleraine and Glentoran

4. If Ballinamallard win the Irish Cup and Institute finish in 7th position then 4 clubs would compete in the play off.

i.e. Glenavon, Crusaders, Cliftonville and Coleraine.

 

Dates

In the event of 3 or 4 teams playing the play offs will be played as follows:

Semi Final(s) Tuesday, 7 May 2019 (kick-off: 7.45pm)

Final Saturday, 11 May 2019 (kick-off: 5.30pm TBC)

In the event of 5 teams playing in the play offs will be played as follows:

6th v 7th Tuesday, 7 May 2019 (kick-off: 7.45pm)

Semi Finals Saturday, 11 May 2019 (kick-off: 3pm)

Final Tuesday, 14 May 2019 (kick-off: 7.45pm)

A further update will be provided following the conclusion of Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership fixtures.

 

Danske Bank Premiership Promotion/Relegation Play Offs

1st Leg Friday, 3 May 2019 (kick-off: 7.45pm)

2nd Leg Monday, 6 May 2019 (kick-off: 7.45pm)

The first leg shall be played at the ground of the NIFL Championship Club whilst the second leg shall be played at the ground of the NIFL Premiership Club.

 

Championship Pre Play Off

Carrick Rangers v Portadown Tuesday, 30 April 2019 (kick-off: 7.45pm)

 

Championship Promotion/Relegation Play Offs

1st Leg - Annagh United v 11th placed Championship club Tuesday, 30 April 2019 (kick-off: 7.45pm)

2nd Leg - 11th placed Championship club v Annagh United Friday, 3 May 2019 (kick-off: 7.45pm)

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