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The 4 Associations' Tournament[1][2] (also called Four Associations Tournament) is a future biennial international association football tournament involving the national teams of Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The tournament was initially proposed by then Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez in 2006.[3] The Football Association of Wales believe that England may join at a later date if they can be convinced that there are "practical solutions" to problems like fixture congestion.[4]

The 4 Associations Tournament will be structured as a round robin with a single game between each team resulting in a total of six games in each of the competitions.[1] The tournament would effectively be a successor to the defunct British Home Championship, but with the Republic of Ireland replacing England.[3]

The tournament was due to start in 2009, but was delayed until 2011 due to 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixtures already being in place.[5] Under the proposed format, matches would be played in February and May, with the location rotating on a "tournament-by-tournament basis".[6] The first tournament featuring the four teams is scheduled to be played in Dublin in 2011.[1][7]




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