Take a trip to the Republic of Ireland with FIFA.com and FIFA TV, where football is giving the nation new hope despite the turbulent financial climate.

In order to ensure the continued presence of fans in its football stadiums, the Premier Division came up with some creative solutions.

One idea was to schedule matches on Friday evenings to prevent clashes with the English Premier League. In addition, in 2001 the entire season was moved to the summer to help Irish clubs compete on the European stage.

Discover more about the situation in the Republic of Ireland in this Video of the Week and learn how the clubs and the league are tackling their problems.