Congratulations to all athletes who have been selected to represent Team Ireland at the IMMAF MMA Youth World Championships 2022

The IMMAF Youth World Championships will take place in Abu Dhabi from August 15th- 21st 2022.

Below is a list of Key Deadlines and Step by Step instructions of how to secure your spot on the Team (Please only adhere to these steps if you have already been offered a spot on the Irish Youth MMA Team 2022)

Key Deadlines

There are many different steps to this process and all are time sensitive. It is the responsibility of each athlete/coach to inform themselves of the deadlines below and to follow through on each step in a timely manner.

  • Place Team Tracksuit order by June 10th
  • Rules Agreement June 14th
  • Deposit (non refundable) of €200 June 14th
  • MyNextMatch Account June 14th
  • IMMAF App account June 14th
  • Travel Info Form July 9th
  • Balance of registration fees for Competitors – July 10th
  • Coaches Participation Fee – July 10th
  • Accommodation booking form – July 10th
  • Coaches Garda Vetting – ASAP
  • Parental Waiver form – July 17th
  • Coaches Media Release form – July 17th

Estimation of Costs

All costs are estimated. Use the figures below only as a guideline to help prepare for fund raising.

  • Tracksuit EUR 131 approx (depending on what items you purchase)
  • Flights EUR 1,000 approx
  • IMMAF registration EUR 225 per competitor, EUR 125 per coach/team delegate
  • Squad training EUR 10 per session
  • COVID testing depending on requirement at time

A Copy of the IMMAF 2022 Youth World MMA Championships Handbook is available to view below

Step By Step Process to secure your place on the International Team

Step 1: Order Your Team Tracksuit before June 10th

The Irish International Team Tracksuits are available to order through the button below. All coaches and athletes competing at the IMMAF Youth World Championships must have a team Ireland Tracksuit. The half-zip jumper, long tracksuit pants, shorts and a choice of either the t-shirt or polo shirt are compulsory for all athletes as it is mandatory for all competitors to wear the tracksuit at all meetings, registration, weigh-ins and fights. Athletes may choose to buy the beanie hat if they so wish, but it is not compulsory.

Step 2: Parents and Volunteer Coaches Agreement

Before an athlete registers for the event, it’s important that parents and volunteers understand their roles/responsiblities, whether they are travelling or not.

Parents/volunteers are welcome to travel as supporters but cannot interfere with team procedures. While each parent is of course the ultimate guardian for their own child, IMMAA’s responsibility is to the entire team. All team activities are run by IMMAA qualified coaches who are Garda vetted. Team Activities (including training and backstage warm up area activities during the event) are strictly off limits to anyone who is not an IMMAA qualified Coach who is Garda Vetted/ cleared though an enhanced Access NI check.

Before registering as an athlete, please have any parent or volunteer coach who intends travelling review the form below.

Parent/Guardian Rules

Volunteer Coaches Rules

Step 3: Agree to the Youth Athlete Rules Document & Pay Deposit

Download and read the PDF of the “IMMAA Rules for representing Team Ireland at the Youth World MMA Championships” below. You do not need to fill out this document or scan/email it. The red button below it will take you to the deposit form where you will declare that you agree to abide by those rules. This form requires a parents signature so please ensure an adult is present to read through and agree with the declaration.

To complete Step 2, you will need to pay a non refundable deposit of €200, upload both your passport and a profile picture and agree to abide by the rules laid out in the document above.

For any queries/issues regarding the rules stated here please contact the IMMAA Child protection officer at or 087 6307060

Step 4: Create a profile on MyNextMatch

  1. Please Go to through the button below
  2. Set up individual profile
  3. Update Profile Photo as Passport style Image
  4. Make sure the weight class and age are correct
  5. Join your Clubs MyNextMatch Team
  6. Admin will then add you to the National Squad, ready for tournament

Step 5: IMMAF App

Download the IMMAF app from the app store/play store

IMMAF have introduced a minimum grading criteria for all athletes competing at the IMMAFs to be graded to a specific belt level depending on their age group

  • Download the IMMAF App
  • Create a profile
  • Add Liam-Og Griffin as your coach (this is just a formality which will allow us to apply a belt grading to your account)

Step 6: Book your place on the Squad Training Sessions

The IMMAA Squad Training Sessions will take place on the following dates in the lead up to the IMMAF Youth MMA Championships

  • June 12th at SBG HQ, Dublin 11am-1pm
  • June 19th at SBG HQ, Dublin 11am-1pm
  • July 10th at SBG HQ, Dublin 11am-1pm
  • July 17th at SBG HQ, Dublin 11am-1pm
  • July 24th at SBG HQ, Dublin 11am-1pm

All athletes on the international team are expected to participate in each squad session where possible. In the event an athlete cannot attend a squad session due to illness/injury please ask your club coach to notify IMMAA via email. Failure to attend squad sessions may result in an athlete losing their spot on the international team.

Step 7: Book your flights and fill out the Flight information form through the button below

Step 8 : Balance of Registration Fees for Athletes Only

Complete the form through the button below to pay the balance of registration fees for each athlete. This balance of 25euro will be used to cover the cost of bank charges & currency conversion charges when paying the tournament registration fees.

Step 9: Participation Fee for Coaches only

All coaches travelling to the tournament must complete the form through the button below to pay the coaches participation fee including an additional charge to cover the cost of bank fees & currency conversion charges when paying the tournament registration fees.

All coaches must also have a MyNextMatch profile connected to their club page (please see step 4 for further details)

Step 10: Coaches Only – Garda Vetting/ Access NI clearance

All coaches travelling as part of the team MUST be Garda Vetted through IMMAA if residing in the Republic of Ireland, or have an up to date enhanced check through Access NI if residing in Northern Ireland.

Any coaches who do not achieve Garda Vetting or Access NI clearance before the start of the tournament will not be allowed to attend the event.

Please note that Garda Vetting and enhanced checks through Access NI can take some time to come through so the sooner you submit your application the better.

All coaches residing in Northern Ireland must contact Danny Corr at for information regarding obtaining an enhanced check through Access NI. If you already have an up to date enhanced check though Access NI please email the clearance document directly to

All coaches residing in the Republic of Ireland must fill out the Garda Vetting form through the button below.

Please Note that all coaches travelling as a part of Team Ireland must hold an up to date individual IMMAA membership which can be purchased through the button below.

Step 11: Book your Accommodation

We strongly suggest that club coaches/admin book the accommodation arrangements for all athletes/coaches travelling as part of Team Ireland from their club. This will allow club coaches/admin to arrange for teammates to share rooms in order to reduce the cost.

Step 12: Parents/Family members travelling for support

Parents/Family members are welcome to attend the 2022 Youth World Championships without paying a participation fee. Entry to the event will be free of charge at the competition venue and they can book their own accommodation.

Team Hotel Accomodation-

Novotel Al-Bustan Abu Dhabi
Shk. Rashid Bin Saeed St – St – Rabdan
Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
+971 2 501 6444

Tournament Venue address –
Zayed Sports City
Off Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street
Al Rawdah
Abu Dhabi

Step 13 – IMMAF Parental Consent form – Deadline July 17th

A parent/guardian for each athlete must download, print and complete the IMMAF parental consent form below. Once completed please email a scanned/easy to read photo of the form to before the deadline of July 17th. Please note that this document is 4 pages long and all pages must be printed, signed and emailed.

Step 14 – Media Release Form – Coaches and Athletes – Deadline July 17th

Each coach and athlete must download, print and complete the IMMAF media release form below. Once completed please email a scanned/easy to read photo of the form to before the deadline of July 17th.