The Dublin and District Schoolboys/Schoolgirls' League has reversed a decision to change the format of soccer at Under-11 and Under-12 level following a meeting with interim FAI CEO Gary Owens and interim deputy CEO Niall Quinn.

The DDSL caused a stir on Thursday by announcing that all Under-11s games under its jurisdiction would change to a 9 v 9 format, with Under-12s competing in 11-a-side matches in the 2020/21 season.

That decision went against the FAI's Player Development Plan, which was published in 2015 and recommends players at those age grades play 7 v 7 and 9 v 9 respectively.

It prompted a backlash from many at grassroots level who were frustrated by a lack of consultation from the DDSL.

However on Friday night, the DDSL released a statement confirming that it would not be making the changes after talks with Owens and Quinn.  

"Following a constructive and positive meeting with the FAI CEO Mr Gary Owens and Deputy CEO Niall Quinn on Thursday 18 June and taking into account  the views expressed by our clubs & volunteers, there will be no changes to the playing formats for the U12 and U11 age groups for the coming season," the statement read.

"The Dublin and District Schoolboys/Schoolgirls League now welcomes the opportunity to be involved in the review of grassroots plan and the option to provide the relevant input for the betterment of schoolboy football."

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