Schoolboy anger as FAI pump cash into LOI's youth scheme
The decision by the FAI to give €250,000 in grants to League of Ireland clubs to aid their youth structures has caused raised eyebrows, and even sparked anger, among schoolboy clubs.
But the association maintain they have made the right call by freezing prize money for the 2018 League of Ireland season and, instead, pump extra cash into the underage side.
An unchanged prize fund - the Premier Division winners get just €110,000 - has been a frustration for teams and there was hope that more cash would be available.
However, FAI grants of €250,000, added to UEFA money, makes €1.15m available to the underage sections of LOI teams.
"The prize money will be at the same level but the UEFA solidarity money is on an upward direction. We know that it's going into youth football and they're spending money in there so we've agreed to try and help support that," says FAI Competitions Director Fran Gavin.
"We want to support them in developing youth football and we realise we're putting a lot of demands on them from the association and they need support."