Julie-Ann Russell

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Julie-Ann Russell
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Playing for Ireland in November 2012
Personal information
Full name Julie-Ann Russell
Date of birth (1991-03-28) 28 March 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth Galway, Ireland
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
UCD Waves
Youth career
Salthill Devon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Los Angeles Strikers 13 (1)
2011 Peamount United
2012 Doncaster Rovers Belles 5 (0)
2012-2014 Peamount United
2014- UCD Waves 0 (0)
National team
2009– Republic of Ireland 25 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:00, 30 October 2013 (UTC)

Julie-Ann Russell (born 28 March 1991) is an Irish footballer who plays for the Irish women's national team and Women's National League club UCD Waves. Julie-Ann, a winger or forward, is the sister of Sligo Rovers midfielder John Russell.

Club career[edit]

Russell began her soccer career with Salthill Devon, and scored an extra–time winner in the 2007 Under 16 FAI Cup final.[1] The following week Russell helped Galway Ladies (a regional select team) win the FAI Senior Women's Cup final.[2] The victory ensured that Galway and Russell qualified for the 2008–09 UEFA Women's Cup.[3]

In 2010 Russell featured as Salthill Devon played in the FAI Cup final, but were defeated 4–2 by Peamount United.[4] While attending the University of Limerick, she also played intravarsity soccer and futsal.[5] In the sport of gaelic football, Russell represented Galway and Connacht.

Russell signed a contract with American W-League club Los Angeles Strikers in April 2011.[6] In August 2011, she played for Peamount United in the 2011–12 UEFA Women's Champions League.[7]

Playing for Doncaster in March 2012

In January 2012 Russell signed for English FA WSL club Doncaster Rovers Belles. She combined playing with an off–field role, fulfilling the work placement element of her marketing degree at the University of Limerick.[8] In April 2012 Russell was appointed as one of eight WSL digital media ambassadors, one from each team, who wore their Twitter account name on their shirt sleeves to raise the profile of the league.[9] In July 2012 Russell left Doncaster and returned to Ireland to complete her studies, signing for Peamount.[10]

International career[edit]

Russell represented the Republic of Ireland women's national football team at Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 level.[11] She was named FAI Under 19 Women's Player of the Year in 2010.[12]

Russell's senior international debut came in October 2009, when she came on as a half–time substitute for Marie Curtin in Kazhakstan during a 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification - UEFA Group 6 game. She created Ireland's equalising goal in their 2–1 win.[13]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Ireland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 7 March 2012 Estádio Municipal, Quarteira  Hungary 2–1 Algarve Cup 1
2 19 September 2012 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan  Israel 2–0 2013 UEFA Women's Championship Qual. 1
3 18 June 2013 Tallaght Stadium, Dublin  Austria 2–2 Friendly 1
4 22 September 2013 Tallaght Stadium, Dublin  Slovakia 2–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Qual. 1

Personal life[edit]

Russell's footballing brother John has been a major inspiration throughout her own soccer career:

She began a Master's degree in Marketing at University College Dublin (UCD) in 2013.[14]


  1. ^ Ralph O'Gorman (10 October 2007). "Ladies Soccer". Galway Independent. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Galway League 1–0 Raheny United". RTÉ. 14 October 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Julie Ann Russell". UEFA.com. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Stephen Finn (26 July 2010). "O'Gorman Peamount hat-trick hero". Irish Independent. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "UL win WSCAI Futsal Intervarsities". Women's Soccer Colleges Association of Ireland. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "LA Strikers FC Inks Four International Players". LA Strikers. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Julie Ann Russell". UEFA. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Fallon, John (22 October 2011). "Russell aims to prolong the family celebrations". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Women's Super League launches Twitter kit initiative to raise profile". BBC Sport. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Duo Return To Former Clubs". Doncaster Rovers Belles LFC. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  11. ^ Stephen Glennon (21 July 2010). "From the smallest acorns grow the strongest trees". Connacht Tribune. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "FAI International Football Award winners announced". FAI.ie. 8 August 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  13. ^ Yvonne Tracy seals win for Irish Women FAI, 29 October 2009
  14. ^ "Russell looks to complete the double". Football Association of Ireland. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Russell at DoncasterRoversBelles.co.uk