PLAYOFF DATES 2018/19 UPDATE

Following the last round of fixtures in all three leagues yesterday, the NI Football League can provide a further update on the various play off fixtures.

Europa League Play Offs

Following today’s results in the final matchday of the regulation Danske Bank Premiership season we now have a scenario where we could have 4 or 5 teams competing in the Europa League Play Offs.

Scenario 2 (below) assumes that Ballinamallard United will be granted a UEFA Licence under the exceptional process granted to cup winners from outside the top division. Should Ballinamallard United win the Irish Cup their participation in the UEFA Europa League can only be assumed based on the recommendation of the Licensor (IFA), to UEFA, for ‘special permission to be granted’ for an exceptional UEFA Licence. The deadline across Europe for all exceptional applications is 3 May 2019.

Scenarios

1. If Crusaders win the Irish Cup then 4 teams would compete in the play off.

i.e. Glenavon, Cliftonville, Coleraine and Glentoran

Semi Finals
Tuesday, 7 May 2019 (kick-off: 7.45pm)
Glenavon v Glentoran Cliftonville v Coleraine

Final
Saturday, 11 May 2019 (kick-off: 5.30pm TBC)

2. If Ballinamallard win the Irish Cup then 5 teams would compete in the play off.

i.e. Glenavon, Crusaders, Cliftonville, Coleraine and Glentoran

6th v 7th
Tuesday, 7 May 2019 (kick-off: 7.45pm)
Coleraine v Glentoran

Semi Finals
Saturday, 11 May 2019 (kick-off: 3pm) 
Glenavon v Coleraine or Glentoran 
Crusaders v Cliftonville

Final
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 (kick-off: 7.45pm)

Danske Bank Premiership Promotion/Relegation Play Offs

Championship Pre Play Off
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 (kick-off: 7.45pm)
Carrick Rangers v Portadown

Premiership Promotion/Relegation Play Off

1st Leg
Friday, 3 May 2019 (kick-off: 7.45pm)
Carrick Rangers or Portadown v Ards

2nd Leg
Monday, 6 May 2019 (kick-off: 7.45pm) 
Ards v Carrick Rangers or Portadown

Championship Promotion/Relegation Play Offs

1st Leg
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 (kick-off: 7.45pm)
Annagh United v PSNI

2nd Leg
Friday, 3 May 2019 (kick-off: 6.30pm)
PSNI v Annagh United