|Nickname(s)||Boys in Green|
|Association||Football Association of Ireland (FAI)|
|Head coach||Jim Crawford|
|Most caps||Conor Coventry (28)|
|Top scorer||Robbie Brady (7)|
Kevin Doyle (7)
| Rep. Ireland 1–1 Northern Ireland |
(Dublin; 8 March 1978)
| Rep. Ireland 5–0 Estonia |
(Tallaght Stadium, Dublin; 10 August 2010)
| Germany 8–0 Rep. Ireland |
(Baunatal; 23 March 1993)
|Best result||Have never qualified|
The Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team is a representative team of Irish football players. It is governed by the Football Association of Ireland and represents them at Under-21 level against the national teams of other national associations. The team played its first match in 1978 and has competed in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship since 1988.
As a European under-21 team, the Republic of Ireland participates in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, which takes place every two years. There is no Under-21 World Cup, although there is an Under-20 World Cup. Ireland did not enter the first five Under-21 Championships, entering for the first time in 1988 but failing to qualify. Ireland have never qualified for the European Under-21 Championships.
UEFA European Under-21 Championship record
|UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship record||UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Qualification record|
|1978||did not enter||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1988||did not qualify||4||0||2||2||3||7|
|1990||did not enter||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1992||did not qualify||6||1||0||5||5||14|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.
UEFA European Under-21 Championship
2025 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
|1||Italy||5||3||2||0||13||2||+11||11||Final tournament||—||15 Oct '24||2–0||22 Mar '24||26 Mar '24||5 Sep '24|
|2||Republic of Ireland||5||3||1||1||12||8||+4||10||Play-offs||2–2||—||11 Oct '24||10 Sep '24||3–2||3–0|
|3||Norway||5||3||0||2||17||6||+11||9||10 Sep '24||3–2||—||7–0||15 Oct '24||26 Mar '24|
|4||Latvia||5||2||1||2||5||10||−5||7||0–0||1–2||6 Sep '24||—||2–1||2–0|
|5||Turkey||5||2||0||3||10||7||+3||6||0–2||6 Sep '24||2–0||11 Oct '24||—||5–0|
|6||San Marino||5||0||0||5||0||24||−24||0||0–7||22 Mar '24||0–7||15 Oct '24||10 Sep '24||—|
Results and fixtures
|26 March Friendly||Republic of Ireland||2–1||Iceland||Cork, Republic of Ireland|
|16:00 GMT||Tom Cannon 23'
Festy Ebosele 29'
Johnny Kenny 82'
|Report||Kristall Máni Ingason 14'||Stadium: Turners Cross|
|13 June Friendly||Republic of Ireland||C–C||Gabon||Austria|
|Note: Fixture cancelled on 12 June as Gabon elected not to travel to Austria for the fixture.|
|16 June Friendly||Ukraine||2–2||Republic of Ireland||Bad Blumau, Austria|
|17:00 GMT||Artem Bondarenko 16' (pen.)
Danylo Sikan 73' (pen.)
|Andrew Moran 45+5'
Bosun Lawal 82'
|Stadium: Union Sport-Club Blumau|
|19 June Friendly||Republic of Ireland||3–0||Kuwait||Bad Radkersburg, Austria|
|16:00 GMT||Ollie O'Neill 5'
Conor Carty 7'
Aidomo Emakhu 52'
|Report||Stadium: Parktherme Arena|
|Note: Fixture abandoned after 70 minutes due to a racist comment by a Kuwait player towards Ireland substitute Sinclair Armstrong.|
|8 September UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualification||Republic of Ireland||3–2||Turkey||Cork, Republic of Ireland|
|19:30 GMT||Andrew Moran 56'
Zak Gilsenan 87' (pen.)
Aidomo Emakhu 90+6'
Sean Roughan 90+9'
|Report||Kenan Yıldız 22' (pen.)
Cihan Çanak 76'
|Stadium: Turners Cross|
Referee: Joonas Jaanovits (Estonia)
|12 September UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualification||Republic of Ireland||3–0||San Marino||Cork, Republic of Ireland|
|19:30 GMT||Rocco Vata 8'
Rocco Vata 45+2'
Sinclair Armstrong 66'
|Report||Stadium: Turners Cross|
Referee: Antoine Paul Chiaramonti (Andorra)
|13 October UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualification||Latvia||1–2||Republic of Ireland||Jelgava, Latvia|
|13:00 GMT||Lūkass Vapne 90+2'||Report||Armstrong Oko-Flex 15'
Armstrong Oko-Flex 57'
|Stadium: Zemgale Olympic Center|
Referee: Oliver Reitala (Finland)
|17 November UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualification||Norway||3–2||Republic of Ireland||Drammen, Norway|
|17:00 GMT||Halvor Rødølen Opsahl 20'
Kristian Arnstad 72' (pen.)
Lasse Selvåg Nordås 77'
|Report||Aidomo Emakhu 37'
Sinclair Armstrong 53'
|Stadium: Marienlyst Stadion|
Referee: Walter Altmann (Austria)
|21 November UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualification||Republic of Ireland||2–2||Italy||Cork, Republic of Ireland|
|17:30 GMT||Killian Phillips 31'
Sinclair Armstrong 48'
|Report||Wilfried Gnonto 45+1' (pen.)
Wilfried Gnonto 90+6'
|Stadium: Turners Cross|
Referee: Lionel Tschudi (Switzerland)
|22 March UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualification||San Marino||v||Republic of Ireland||San Marino|
|6 September UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualification||Turkey||v||Republic of Ireland||Turkey|
|10 September UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualification||Republic of Ireland||v||Latvia||Cork, Republic of Ireland|
|TBD||Report||Stadium: Turners Cross|
|11 October UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualification||Republic of Ireland||v||Norway||Cork, Republic of Ireland|
|TBD||Report||Stadium: Turners Cross|
|15 October UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualification||Italy||v||Republic of Ireland||Italy|
The Under-21s' management team includes:
|Head coach||Jim Crawford||5 April 2020|
|Assistant coach||Alan Reynolds||9 July 2020|
|Assistant coach||Paul McShane||28 August 2023|
|Goalkeeping coach||Rene Gilmartin||24 April 2020|
|Lead Performance Analyst||Martin Doyle||April 2020|
|Sports Scientist||Paul Walsh||18 March 2023|
|Sports Scientist||Adam Fox||June 2021|
|Chartered Physiotherapist||Glauber Barduzzi||24 April 2019|
|Athletic Therapist||Kieran Murray||March 2022|
|Doctor||Dr Mortimer O'Connor||March 2021|
|Performance Nutritionist||Ian Byrne||March 2023|
|Kitman||John Crudden||May 2023|
Players born on or after 1 January 2002 are eligible for the 2025 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
The following players were called up for the 2025 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification fixture against Norway and Italy on 17 & 21 November 2023.
Caps and goals updated as of 21 November 2023, after the game vs Italy.
The following players have also been called up to the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad in the last 12 months and remain eligible:
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Killian Cahill||3 November 2003||0||0||Brighton & Hove Albion||v. Norway, 17 November 2023PRE|
|GK||Owen Mason||24 March 2004||0||0||Mansfield Town||v. Latvia, 13 October 2023PRE|
|DF||Connor O'Riordan||7 June 2002||3||0||Crewe Alexandra||v. Italy, 21 November 2023PRE|
|DF||James Furlong||19 October 2003||4||0||Hull City||v. Latvia, 13 October 2023|
|DF||Evan Weir||16 April 2002||0||0||Drogheda United||v. Latvia, 13 October 2023PRE|
|DF||Alex Murphy||25 June 2004||0||0||Newcastle United||v. Turkey, 8 September 2023INJ|
|DF||Festy Ebosele||2 August 2002||5||0||Udinese||v. Iceland, 26 March 2023|
|DF||Jay McGrath||15 April 2003||0||0||St Patrick's Athletic||v. Iceland, 26 March 2023|
|MF||Kian Leavy||21 March 2002||2||0||St Patrick's Athletic||v. Italy, 21 November 2023PRE|
|MF||Andrew Moran (vice-captain)||15 October 2003||8||2||Blackburn Rovers||v. Norway, 17 November 2023SEN|
|MF||Joe Hodge (captain)||14 September 2002||5||0||Wolverhampton Wanderers||v. Latvia, 13 October 2023|
|MF||Ed McJannet||25 January 2004||3||0||Lecce||v. Latvia, 13 October 2023PRE|
|MF||Rocco Vata||18 April 2005||1||2||Celtic||v. Latvia, 13 October 2023INJ|
|MF||Tyler Goodrham||7 August 2003||0||0||Oxford United||v. Turkey, 8 September 2023INJ|
|MF||Darragh Burns||6 August 2002||2||0||Milton Keynes Dons||v. Kuwait, 19 June 2023|
|MF||Jack Henry-Francis||23 September 2003||1||0||Arsenal||v. Kuwait, 19 June 2023|
|MF||Dara Costelloe||11 December 2002||1||0||St Johnstone||v. Kuwait, 19 June 2023|
|MF||Harry Vaughan||6 April 2004||0||0||Hull City||v. Kuwait, 19 June 2023|
|MF||Cian Hayes||29 June 2003||0||0||Fleetwood Town||v. Iceland, 26 March 2023|
|FW||Armstrong Oko-Flex||2 March 2002||3||2||FC Zürich||v. Italy, 21 November 2023PRE|
|FW||Dylan Duffy||28 November 2002||1||0||Lincoln City||v. Kuwait, 19 June 2023|
|FW||Tom Cannon||28 December 2002||1||1||Leicester City||v. Iceland, 26 March 2023|
INJ Withdrew from latest squad due to injury
Note: Names in italics denote players that have been capped for the senior team.
- "Management Profiles". Football Association of Ireland. 24 January 2019.