A provisional list of fixtures for the eight-team Airtricity First Division has been announced with the opening matches set to take place on Friday March 8 and Saturday March 9.
The league will run from March 8 to October 12, with each team playing each other four times. After the final round of fixtures, there will be a playoff to discern which team gains promotion to the Premier Division or relegation to the First Division.
The first two games on March 8 will see Salthill Devon host Longford Town at Drom, while Finn Harps will make the journey to the Regional Sports Centre to face last season's promotion playoff finalists Waterford United.
After being admitted into the First Division for 2012, Cobh Ramblers will kick off their campaign on March 9 against Wexford Youths, while Roddy Collins' Athlone Town will host Galway side Mervue United at Athlone Town Stadium
Opening First Division Fixtures
Salthill Devon vs Longford Town
Waterford United vs Finn Harps
Cobh Ramblers vs Wexford Youths
Athlone Town vs Mervue United