Welcome to the Dublin Devils Football Club
Since our formation in April 2005, the club has gone from strength to strength and now in our thirteenth year, things have never been stronger. Dublin Devils offer a mix of social and competitive football and also arrange several social events through out the year. We have kickabouts, 5-a-side and 11-a-side and feel we offer something for everyone.
The club is run by a Board of 5 members, elected annually at our AGM in May.
Our current Board for 2019-20 contains –
John McAree – Chairman
Diarmuid O Riordan – Secretary
John Coary – Treasurer
Eddie Wong – Public Relations Officer
Alan Keating – Membership & Recruitment Officer
We have a welcome for all our members, both old and new. All levels of skill and ability are catered for with highly competitive teams and social leagues running in tandem, throughout the year.
Our Membership year runs from January to December and our Membership subs are €40.
We are thrilled to have incredible backing from our sponsors The George, who not only support us on the field as our playing kit sponsor, but also support us off the field as venue for our headline and social events.
We also remember our original sponsor Spice who supported us in the early years and The Front Lounge who also supported our development as a club.
The Devils primarily are a football team and it is for that purpose that most people initially come along. However, the social side to the Devils is just as active. We are permanent fixtures at such events as the Dublin Pride Parade and Pride Sports Day, and our annual Oscar Wilde Cup Challenge against the Emerald Warriors RFC takes place in August each year. We also regularly get together as there is always a birthday or some other special event to celebrate!
Many close friendships have formed within the Devils over the years and it is a great way to meet new people in a relaxed atmosphere, and you will nearly always see a fellow Devil along the bar from you on a night out.
It is also a very relaxed way for guys exploring their sexuality to come along and play some football and see how they get on. You are assured of a very friendly welcome from all our players in a very relaxed environment – well, until the whistle blows for kick off and then it’s game on!!!
We have weekly training, organised by a football coach with over 30 years’ experience at all levels of the game. There has been an upward shift in fitness and skill levels for all participants and our mental and tactical game has also improved immensely in the last year, allowing us to achieve greater heights than ever before.
Another very enjoyable element of the club is our trips away. Over the years we have been all round the globe playing in both organised International Tournaments such as the IGLFA World & European Championships and Gay Games, and also in friendly games against some of the best teams playing weekly in the UK GFSN League. We have visited places such as Washington, Chicago, Cologne, London, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Munich. The trips are a great way to really get to know the other players and build a strong team bond. We also welcome other teams to Dublin and in 2012 have welcomed the Leftfooters and Phoenix FC, both teams from London.
We recently competed in the GFSN Cup in a combined Irish team with Cork Rebels. The GFSN Cup has taken us to Leicester and Glasgow this season. Our first knockout match was against Leicester Wildcats and a win from that match set us up with a difficult game against the current holders Village Manchester, which was played in Glasgow. A thrilling game saw us winning 4-3 and advancing to the semi final.
The semi-final was held in Dublin, where we took on Soho London. Our brilliant cup run ended in a 5-0 loss. After the match we took Soho London out for a great night in Dublin!
One such trip we made was in June 2011 to the IGLFA European Championships in Manchester. We participated in the 6 a-side competition and having come through the group stages unbeaten, following a tense Final against the Friends of Prague, the score was 0-0 at the final whistle. One Penalty Shootout later and the Dublin Devils were European Champions!!!!!!!!
All involved with the Dublin Devils FC are incredibly proud and excited to have been named as hosts for the 2013 IGLFA European Championships. Dublin organised an amazing weekend for all 32 European teams who came to play.