SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme 2020


The highly anticipated SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme 2020 is almost upon us. The application process for this year is now open!



The SPAR5s as it’s commonly known, is a 5-a-side competition which is open to boys and girls from 4th, 5th and 6th class, and puts emphasis on fun and inclusivity. The blitz day format is coordinated at local level with the assistance of a network of FAI Development Officers and local primary school teachers. These personnel co-ordinate events at County level with qualifying schools progressing to Regional, Provincial and National Finals.

The programme had over 37,000 students participating last season with a remarkable 42% of those participants female. The competition has been running since the mid-1990s and the programme promises to be bigger and better than ever this year.

There are six sections (3 for boys and 3 for girls) to cater for all school sizes so whether your school falls into the small, medium or large category there is a competition to cater for you. Your ‘section’ will depend on your school enrolment numbers for boys/girls in 4th, 5th and 6th class as to whether you are in small, medium or large schools section.



Registration is now open and schools can register at

Entry fee is €50 per school (not per team), payment can be made by electronic fund transfer in the first instance. EFT payments should include the school roll number in reference field so the payment can be identified.

Alternatively a school may pay by cheque. All cheques should be made payable to FAI Schools and forwarded to the relevant Provincial Co-ordinator. It’s important to note that the school roll number should be included on the back of the cheque. Please see details of provincial programme co-ordinators below.

If you wish to make amendments to your ORIGINAL application, please do not submit a second application as duplicates will be deleted off the system. Amendments can be made by emailing detailing your query or amendment.


Provincial Co-Ordinators

MUNSTER: Ger Duggan, Narabane, Kilmacow, Co. Kilkenny

Account Name: Munster Branch FAIS, IBAN: IE12AIBK93411950677028, BIC: AIBKIE2D

*Text or email Ger confirmation of EFT payment at 087-2750809 or email

CONNACHT: Noel Dervan, Teacher, Lisaniskey NS, Ballydooley PO, Donamon, Co. Roscommon

Account Name FAIS Connacht Primary, IBAN: IE75BOFI90368082744619, BIC: BOFIIE2D

*Text or email Noel confirmation of EFT payment at 086-6082016 or email 

ULSTER: Anita ní Gallachóir, Dooish NS, Dooish, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal

Account Name: FAIS Ulster Branch, IBAN: IE07BOFI90491532618446, BIC: BOFIE2D


LEINSTER: Gavan Kierans, Wilson’s Hospital School, Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath

Account Name: FAIS Leinster Branch IBAN:IE66IPBS99065370285419, BIC: IPBSIE2D


PLEASE NOTE | Schools will not be allowed to participate until the online application form and entry fee has been received.



Please note that this year we have one single closing date for all counties, the closing date is strictly Friday, February 14 at 5pm and no late applications will be accepted.

For further information on the programme please email We would like to wish your School the best of luck in the competition, we hope you enjoy the experience.



SPAR have been the Official Convenience Retail Partner for the FAI since 2012. While there are many elements to their partnership agreement, the emphasis for the retailer is to support and promote grassroots football in the local community.

It’s the perfect fit given that SPAR have 400 high quality, conveniently located outlets spread across the country who are equally as enthusiastic about this year’s programme.  The local retailers will be showing their support for their local schools again this season | #SPAR5s



FAI Schools can confirm that the National Finals will be hosted in the spectacular surrounds of the Aviva Stadium on May 12, so sign up now for your chance to go all the way and create a day to remember for your School and its students.



Schools from Cork, Clare, Donegal, Kildare and Offaly were crowned winners at the 2019 SPAR FAI Primary School 5s National Finals in Aviva Stadium on May 29th 2019. The event saw 192 children from 24 schools, in 13 separate counties participate in the final stages of the competition following four months of fun filled nationwide activity.

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy joined SPAR Ambassadors Keith Andrews and Ireland Womens National Team star Megan Campbell at the event that crowned six national champions. Trafask NS were the first winners of the day. The Cork school won the SPAR ‘A’ Cup winning two games and drawing their third on the way to the National Title. There was more success for Munster in the SPAR ‘A’ Girls Cup, as Clare’s Crusheen NS won all three matches to top their group.

In the SPAR ‘B’ Cup, Donegal’s St. Oran’s were crowned Champions after winning all three games.

Mucklagh NS were the first Leinster winners of the day, in the SPAR ‘B’ Girls Cup. The Offaly school won all three games, and finished six points clear of their opposition. Offaly success continued in the SPAR ‘C’ Cup as Scoil Muire Banrion from Edenderry won the title for large schools.

The final title went to a Kildare school, as St. Laurence’s NS from Sallins were crowned champions.