Kerry lead the all time leaderboard but Dublin are in search of first ever 5-in-a-row
The countdown is on to the start of the 2017 Allianz Football Leagues, which begin on February 4th and continues until the finals weekend on April 8/9, by which time 116 games across the four Divisions will have been played.
This year, Allianz celebrates 25 years of sponsoring the Allianz Leagues, making it one of the longest sponsorships in Irish sport.
Kerry are is the most successful team in the competition with 19 Allianz Football Div 1 titles to their name and, boasting one of the greatest ever teams to talk to the field, landed four titles in a row in the 1970’s.
Dublin are second in the roll of honours with 12 titles to their name and, with a team to rival the Kerry team of the 1970’s, they are now in search of a record of their own, the first ever Allianz League five in a row.
Allianz Football League Division One Roll of Honour
|No. of Titles||County||Years Won|
Commenting on the launch of the 2017 Allianz Football League, Seán McGrath, CEO Allianz Ireland said:
“2017 marks a special milestone in our longstanding support of Gaelic Games as we enter the 25th year of our relationship with the GAA as sponsors of the Allianz Leagues.
“Over the course of the past quarter of a century we have witnessed these games grow, evolve and develop at all levels while the traditional values associated with our sport have remained as poignant and powerful as ever.
“We look forward with great excitement to the opening of the 2017 season and to the years to come.”
Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail said:
“We are excited to embark on another season of nail-biting inter-county action as we prepare for the commencement of the 2017 Allianz Leagues. The opening weekend of the Allianz Football League welcomes some intriguing match-ups across all four divisions which will surely set the tone for another competitive and entertaining campaign.
We would also like to join our partners Allianz in celebrating the 25th year of their sponsorship of the Allianz Leagues. Their long-standing support of the competition and Gaelic Games has contributed immensely to the growth of our games and we look forward to working with them again in 2017.”
This first round full fixture list is as follows:
Allianz Football League Division 1
Feb 4 – Saturday: (7.0): Mayo v Monaghan, Elverys MacHale Park
Feb 5 - Sunday (2.0): Cavan v Dublin, Kingspan Breffni Park; Donegal v Kerry, Letterkenny; Tyrone v Roscommon, Omagh.
Allianz Football League Division 2
Feb 4 – Saturday (7.0): Down v Fermanagh, Pairc Ui Esler, Newry
Feb 5 - Sunday (2.0): Galway v Cork, Pearse Stadium; Derry v Clare, Celtic Park; Meath v Kildare, Pairc Tailteann.
Allianz Football League Division 3
Feb 4 – Saturday (7.0): Laois v Louth, O’Moore Park
Feb 5 - Sunday (2.0): Tipperary v Antrim, Clonmel; Sligo v Armagh, Markievicz Park; Longford v Offaly, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.
Allianz Football League Division 4
Feb 5 – Sunday (2.0 unless stated): Waterford v London, Lemybrien,
(1.0) Westmeath v Carlow, TEG Cusack Park; Wicklow v Leitrim, Aughrim; Wexford v Limerick, Innovate Wexford Park.
Allianz Football League 2017: Dates to Remember
|Feb 4/5:||Round 1|
|Feb 11/12:||Round 2|
|Feb 25/26:||Round 3|
|Mar 4/5:||Round 4|
|Mar 18/19:||Round 5|
|Mar 25/26:||Round 6|
|Apr 2:||Round 7|
|Apr 8:||Div 3 & 4 Finals|
|Apr 9:||Div 1 & 2 Finals|
Allianz Football League: What Happened in 2016
- Div 1: Winners: Dublin; Runners-up: Kerry; Relegated: Cork, Down
- Div 2: Promoted: Tyrone, Cavan; Relegated: Armagh, Laois
- Div 3: Promoted: Clare, Kildare; Relegated: Limerick, Westmeath
- Div 4: Promoted: Louth, Antrim