UCD have been granted special permission by UEFA to participate in next season’s Europa League.

The SSE Airtricity League had been given an extra place in the competition after finishing third, behind Netherlands and England, in the UEFA Respect Fair Play rankings.

UCD had finished third in the 2014 SSE Airtricity League Fair Play table, but qualified as champions Dundalk and second place Cork City had already qualified for the Champions League and Europa League, respectively.

The FAI had made a request to UEFA for the extraordinary application of the club licensing system in respect of UCD, and on Wednesday UEFA confirmed that permission had been granted.

As a result of UCD receiving their UEFA licence, a number of their SSE Airtricity League fixtures have been amended.

The First Division game between UCD and Shelbourne originally scheduled for Friday, 3 July has been rescheduled to Tuesday, 9 June at The UCD Bowl with a kick-off time of 7.45pm, and UCD’s game against Athlone Town, originally scheduled for Friday, 10 July, has been rescheduled to Sunday, 12 July at The UCD Bowl with a kick-off time of 7pm.