Last updated : Saturday, 24 February 2024

Public Amateur Football League

The Public Amateur Football League (PAFL) is an amateur football league in Ireland. It was founded in 1972 and is based in Dublin. The PAFL currently has over 100 clubs and 2,000 players.


The PAFL was founded in 1972 by a group of amateur footballers who were looking for a more competitive league than the existing leagues in Ireland. The league started with just 10 clubs and has grown steadily over the years. The PAFL currently has over 100 clubs and 2,000 players.

Public action

The PAFL is divided into three divisions: Division 1, Division 2, and Division 3. The top four teams from each division at the end of the season qualify for the promotion playoffs. The bottom four teams from each division are relegated to the next lower division.


The PAFL follows the rules of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). The league also has its own set of rules, which are available on the PAFL website.

  • The game is played on a full-size pitch with 11 players per team.
  • The game is 90 minutes long, with two halves of 45 minutes each.
  • There is no offside rule in amateur football.
  • Teams are allowed to make up to three substitutions per game.

How to join

Public match

To join the PAFL, you must contact the league secretary. The league secretary will be able to provide you with more information about the league and how to join.

The PAFL is a great way to get involved in amateur football in Ireland. The league is competitive and fun, and it is a great way to meet new people and make friends.


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