Football League of Ireland Cup
- Football League of Ireland Cup
The Football League of Ireland Cup is a football competition open to all Football League of Ireland clubs and sometimes invited clubs from non league football. Occasionally, the sides invited have included junior league representative selections.
The format has changed from year to year. For the most part it has been used a precursor to the league season, with 6 groups of 4 teams (geographically based), with the winners and two best runners up going on to the last eight (which started the knockout phase). The knockout stage would be played midweek through the season. In the late 1990s the cup went into a straight knockout format and recently has reverted to again starting with a group phase, this time with 8 groups of 3 with only the winners progressing. In 2006, the competition was once again contested on a straight knock-out basis, with a convoluted regionalised seeding system determining pairings and byes in the early rounds.
The League Cup Final has also changed format many times. They have been played on neutral grounds, with two legged games and currently (and historically most times) a draw is made to see which finalist gets home advantage.
The competition began in 1973, replacing the earlier League of Ireland Shield. Starting with the 2005 competition, the winner of this competition used to receive a place in the Setanta Cup. Now the winners will play off with the winners of the Eircom First Division for a place in the Setanta Cup.
List of League Cup Finals
"fn|1" Score on aggregate after 2 legs
"fn|2" Won on penalties
Performance By Club
fn|1 Includes results for Limerick and Limerick City
fn|2 Includes results for Galway Rovers
fn|3 Includes results for Waterford FC
*Football League of Ireland
*League of Ireland Shield
* [http://www.rsssf.com/tablesi/ierleagcuphist.html Ireland League Cup Finals] from RSSSF
* [http://www.rsssf.com/tablesi/iershieldhist.html League of Ireland Shield Winners] from RSSSF
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