The following information (at the request of the IFA) is required to be shared and gathered by the 4 participating clubs in this season’s Irish Cup semi-finals.
The information concerns the Irish Cup final on Friday May 21, a few days after the behind closed doors Semi-finals on Tuesday May 18.
The 2 clubs in the Irish cup final have been allocated a limited number of match tickets but in view of the short time available between the semi finals and the final, the IFA advise that the ticket allocation process needs to be completed by all 4 teams remaining in the competition ahead of the Semi-finals.
Supporters have not been in attendance at Linfield games since December 19, so if Linfield were to reach the Irish Cup final, this game on Friday evening would be the first step in a return to much sought after normality.
However, Linfield's allocation for a possible cup final the club could be involved in, is significantly less than the number of the club's members and senior members.
Therefore, there is no guarantee that all members can be accommodated at this possible fixture involving this club, if the majority of members wanted to attend.
Supporters are reminded that the Irish Cup final is due to be broadcast live by BBC TV.
Members wanting to attend the game are requested to submit an expression of interest and by so doing, they are accepting the terms and conditions from the IFA which will be listed towards the bottom of this article.
Match tickets cost £20 adult or £10 concession.
Linfield's process for acquiring match tickets for possible Irish Cup final participation
In the first instance, only members and senior members can indicate an expression of interest in attending this game.
Expressions of interest should be submitted to email@example.com
from 10am today quoting the following.
Member / senior member number
Please state whether you are member or senior member
Confirmation of acceptance of terms and conditions (see below)
Members must indicate their expression of interest by 2pm on Monday as should there be any match tickets available at that stage, expressions of interest will then be accepted from season ticket holders until midnight on Monday.
If season ticket holders get the opportunity to indicate an expression of interest, they should provide the same information as required from members above.
Should Linfield be successful in Tuesday's Irish Cup semi final, this list of names and email addresses needs to be submitted to the IFA early on Wednesday, so that they can email match tickets to the successful applicants by 3pm on Friday.
If Linfield are involved in the Irish Cup final, the following will take place on Wednesday.
Successful applicants will be required to call in person at Windsor Park with the following
Members Ticket or other ID
Collection of a lateral flow Covid test
These match tickets are strictly non transferable and only the successful applicant can call to collect their own Covid test. Successful applicants cannot arrange for others to collect on their behalf.
Members / senior members can only apply for one match ticket - their own.
The above arrangements are unprecedented and this club would appeal for the patience and understanding of our supporters in the administration of these arrangements, in the event of our club being involved in an Irish Cup final.
IFA terms and conditions
Each successful applicant must take a Covid test (provided by the IFA to the club) 24-48 hours before the Cup Final and be in possession of their negative test result which will be checked prior to entry to Mourneview Park.
If a supporter tests positive, they cannot attend the fixture and their ticket will be non transferable. If a supporter cannot provide their negative test result, they will be refused entry.
Supporters must also re-test on days 2 and 8 after attending the final.
Each successful applicant must have an email address to which the match ticket will be issued. It is strongly advised that these tickets are printed at home.
Each ticket holder gives their consent to attend as a participant of a test event. More Information regarding this can be found by visiting the FAQ section on irishfa.com
Each ticket holder must wear a face mask at all times within the stadium.
All ticket holders must abide by the stadium and stand entrance arrangements, as stated on their ticket.
All ticket holders must sit only on the seat stated on their ticket. Tickets will be located in either the Gaddis Stand or Glenfield Rd stand, in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
Social distancing guidelines must be adhered to at all times in the stadium.
The IFA also advise the following
Facilities within the stadium will be limited, as per social distancing guidelines.
Food and beverages will not be available for purchase within the stadium.
There will be no facility to reissue tickets at the stadium. Therefore, all ticket holders must ensure they have their tickets in their possession to attend the final.
Linfieldfc.com will provide further updates during this process and especially ahead of 2pm tomorrow, as to whether there will be the opportunity for season ticket holders to apply for a match ticket.
Should Linfield be successful on Tuesday night, there will be details on Linfieldfc.com late on Tuesday night, with regard to arrangements and times on Wednesday for payment and collection of lateral flow Covid test kit.
In the event that tickets are available for purchase by season ticket holders, test kits for supporters aged 16-17 should be collected by their parent / guardian and under 16s are not required to complete a test. Tickets for under 16s would be £10.
The IFA will provide further information to the finalist clubs on Wednesday.
Linfield FC accepts and understands that if this club were to reach an Irish Cup final, there will be a huge amount of supporters who will be disappointed at not being able to acquire a match ticket.
If Linfield were to be involved in an Irish Cup final, the ticket allocation the club would receive would be insufficient to meet the expected demand from our supporters and while there would be more supporters in attendance at this game than has been the case since December 19, the club would appeal for understanding from the huge amount of supporters who would be disappointed at missing out on what would undoubtedly be a very special (and hopefully successful) occasion.
The impact of the corona virus pandemic on all aspects of life, including football, has been huge and this club looks forward to the day when supporters can return to our games under normal circumstances.