Home nations agree to new tournament

A new international tournament involving Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will start in 2011, the four associations agreed after meeting in Copenhagen at the UEFA Congress on Wednesday. David Collins, the secretary of the FA of Wales, told his organisation's website."(We) are delighted we have finally reached agreement on the tournament taking place in Dublin in 2011. "After many months of work we are delighted that this has now come about. We look forward to a great tournament especially in the new stadium in Dublin and we trust it will be a huge success which will enable us to extend in future years." The tournament, which has yet to be named but could be called the Celtic Cup, will be held in Dublin at the new Aviva Stadium and the first two games will take place on February 8 and February 9 2011. The remaining four matches are scheduled for May 24, 25, 27 and 28. The tournament will run on a league basis and will be held in each country in turn. It has not yet been decided if it will take place every year. The old Home International Championship, involving England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, was last played in 1984.