Debt-burdened FAI announce USA friendly

Debt-burdened FAI announce USA friendly

IRELAND will play the USA in a friendly at Lansdowne Road on Tuesday, November 18.

The game against Jurgen Klinsmann’s side – who gained huge respect for their performances in the World Cup – will come just four days after the Republic's European Championship qualifier against Scotland.

Meanwhile, the FAI’s turnover has declined for the second year in a row.

Overall income is down 19% to €36.7 million according to accounts distributed to delegates ahead of the association’s annual general meeting in Athlone on July 26.

The FAI is €50million in debt and qualification for Euro 2016 is now crucial to the financial health of the game in Ireland.

FAI chief executive John Delaney had previously projected that the Association could be debt free by 2020.