Formed in 1892 and operated by the Leinster Football Association, the Irish Leinster Senior League is a group of domestic football leagues in Ireland. There are usually about 20 different divisions under the operation of the Senior League. There are also various cup competitions that take place over the course of a season.
The teams that take part are given the chance to take part in the following tournaments:
- Leinster Senior Cup
- Junior Cup (FAI)
- Intermediate Cup (FAI)
- FAI Cup
The team that is crowned the champion of the Senior Division, gets the chance to take part in the League of Ireland Cup. Most of the clubs that are part are in the greater area of Dublin.
The Irish Leinster Senior League Senior Division
The top division of the system is the Irish Leinster Senior League Senior Division. It is part of a network of other leagues in the country including:
- The Ulster Senior League Senior Division
- The Munster Senior League Senior Premier Division.
Together these divisions make up the Republic of Ireland football league system.
This is the oldest domestic soccer league in the country. Shelbourne holds the record for the most titles over the course of history. Over recent years, some of the stronger teams include the likes of Cherry Orchard, Bangor Celtic and Crumlin United.
From 1896 until the 1964/1965 season, it was the second division for the Irish Football League, now known as the League of Ireland. There was even a single season in 1921 when the Irish Leinster Senior League Senior Division was the premier division of football in the country. However, the formation of the League of Ireland came in for the 1921/1922 season.
It was in the 1964/1965 season that the Senior Division was replaced as the second division of football in Ireland by the League of Ireland B Division. It now remains as the third level of league football in the country.
In total, Shelbourne has won a dozen titles. This is followed by Bohemians with eight titles and Bluebell United with seven titles. Crumlin United, St Patrick’s Athletic, TEK United and Cherry Orchard have all won six titles.
The format of the League
Naturally, teams get promoted from the Irish Leinster Senior League Senior Division and relegated each season. However, this process is not linked to the League of Ireland football. To get promoted into this league, the team in a promotion place has to apply to the send Football Association of Ireland (FAI).
Teams in the Irish Leinster Senior League Senior Division have been invited to join the League of Ireland also. Many teams from the League of Ireland Premier Division were formerly part of this League, including Shelbourne, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers.
The likes of St Patrick's Athletic, Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers all gained entry to the League of Ireland Premier Division by winning the Irish Leinster Senior League Senior Division.
Sometimes, there are League of Ireland reserve teams that take part in the Irish Leinster Senior League Senior Division.
Betting on the Senior Division
Mainly Irish-facing bookmakers provide betting markets for the Irish Leinster Senior League Senior Division games. While the leading leagues in the League of Ireland get plenty of coverage with operators, it is a lot sparser with the Irish Leinster Senior League Senior Division.
However, you will get the opportunity to bet on these games, particularly for the top of the table clashes. The markets will be limited, but you can still put your expertise of this local league to the test by placing a few bets when you spot an opportunity to potentially make a profit.