Republic of Ireland women's national football team

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Republic of Ireland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Girls in Green
Association Women's Football Association of Ireland
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Susan Ronan
Captain Emma Byrne
Top scorer Olivia O'Toole (54)
Home stadium Tallaght Stadium
FIFA code IRL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 31 Increase 2 (25 September 2015)
Highest 27 (December 2008)
Lowest 38 (July 2003)
First international
 Scotland 10–1 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
(Greenock, Scotland; 22 April 1973)
Biggest win
 Malta 0–9 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
(Ta' Qali, Malta; 22 October 2003)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 10–0 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
(Borås, Sweden; 20 September 1992)

The Republic of Ireland women's national football team represents the Republic of Ireland in competitions such as the FIFA Women's World Cup, the UEFA Women's Championship, the Algarve Cup and the Cyprus Cup. It is organised by the Women's Football Association of Ireland. The Republic of Ireland has yet to qualify for a major tournament.

History[edit]

In 1973 the Women's Football Association of Ireland was established [1] and in same year on 22 April the Republic of Ireland made their international debut with a 10–1 defeat in an away friendly game against Scotland. They made their competitive debut on 19 September 1982 in a 1984 European Competition for Women's Football qualifier, also against Scotland. This time the Republic of Ireland lost just 3–0. On 2 October 1982 the Republic of Ireland gained their first competitive win when they defeated Northern Ireland 2–1 in an away game in the same competition. During the 2000s the Republic of Ireland enjoyed some minor successes. In 2000 they won the Celt Cup – a four team tournament that also featured Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.[2] In their 2005 UEFA Women's Euro campaign they also won their second level group, finishing above Romania, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Malta. This effectively saw them promoted to the elite group of nations which competed directly for qualification to major tournaments. The Republic of Ireland also won their group at the 2013 Cyprus Cup, finishing above South Korea, South Africa and Northern Ireland.

The Republic of Ireland has also enjoyed some success at both under–17 and under–19 levels. In 2010, with a team that included Megan Campbell, Ciara Grant, Dora Gorman, Denise O'Sullivan, Siobhan Killeen and Clare Shine, the Republic of Ireland U-17 squad were runners-up in the 2010 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship and quarter-finalists in the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.[3] In the UEFA championship semi-final the Republic of Ireland defeated Germany 1–0.[4] With a team that included Megan Connolly and Katie McCabe the Republic of Ireland team won their group at the 2014 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship and qualified for the semi-finals. [5]

Home grounds[edit]

Throughout their history the Republic of Ireland have played their home games at various grounds. The most regularly used have included Dalymount Park, Tolka Park, Richmond Park and Turners Cross. They have also played occasional games at Belfield Park, Carlisle Grounds, Ferrycarrig Park, Flancare Park and in Arklow. However since September 2013 they have played all their home games at Tallaght Stadium

Results and fixtures[edit]

Current Qualifying campaign[edit]

UEFA Women's Euro 2017[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 4 4 0 0 14 1 +13 12 Final tournament
2  Finland 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6 Final tournament or Play-offs
3  Republic of Ireland 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4 3
4  Portugal 3 1 0 2 7 5 +2 3
5  Montenegro 3 0 0 3 1 14 −13 0
Updated to match(es) played on 24 January 2016. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Tournament record[edit]

World Cup[edit]

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Sweden 1995 Did not enter - - - - - - -
United States 1999 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
United States 2003 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
China 2007 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2011 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Canada 2015 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 0/7 - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

European Championship[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1984 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Norway 1987 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 1989 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Denmark 1991 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Italy 1993 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 1995 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Norway & Sweden 1997 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2001 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
England 2005 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Finland 2009 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Sweden 2013 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 0/11 0 0 0 0 0 0

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Players called up by Susan Ronan for the friendly matches against United States on 23 January 2016 in San Diego and a behind closed doors game against United States under-23 on 26 January 2016 in Carson, California.[6]

Caps and goals as of 23 January 2016 after the match against United States.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Emma Byrne (captain) (1979-06-14) 14 June 1979 (age 36) 122 0 England Arsenal
16 1GK Niamh Reid-Burke (1991-08-06) 6 August 1991 (age 24) 3 0 Republic of Ireland Shelbourne
8 2DF Áine O'Gorman (Vice-captain) (1989-05-13) 13 May 1989 (age 26) 81 8 Republic of Ireland UCD Waves
17 2DF Méabh De Búrca (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 (age 27) 45 0 Republic of Ireland Galway
4 2DF Louise Quinn (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 25) 40 4 Sweden Eskilstuna United
3 2DF Megan Campbell (1993-06-28) 28 June 1993 (age 22) 34 2 Unattached
2 2DF Sophie Perry (1986-11-11) 11 November 1986 (age 29) 25 0 England Brighton
14 2DF Jessica Gleeson (1993-10-23) 23 October 1993 (age 22) 2 0 Republic of Ireland Wexford Youths
5 2DF Ciara Rossiter (1996-02-12) 12 February 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Republic of Ireland Wexford Youths
22 2DF Savannah McCarthy (1997-02-26) 26 February 1997 (age 18) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Galway
20 2DF Grace Wright (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 20) 0 0 United States Texas A&M Aggies
11 3MF Julie-Ann Russell (1991-03-28) 28 March 1991 (age 24) 45 4 Republic of Ireland UCD Waves
7 3MF Diane Caldwell (1988-09-11) 11 September 1988 (age 27) 43 1 Germany 1. FC Köln
10 3MF Denise O'Sullivan (1994-02-04) 4 February 1994 (age 22) 41 8 Scotland Glasgow City
9 3MF Ruesha Littlejohn (1990-07-03) 3 July 1990 (age 25) 30 3 Scotland Glasgow City
6 3MF Karen Duggan (1991-05-29) 29 May 1991 (age 24) 14 0 Republic of Ireland UCD Waves
12 3MF Siobhán Killeen (1993-03-15) 15 March 1993 (age 22) 10 0 Republic of Ireland Shelbourne
15 3MF Katie McCabe (1995-09-21) 21 September 1995 (age 20) 7 0 England Arsenal
21 4FW Fiona O'Sullivan (1986-09-17) 17 September 1986 (age 29) 41 13 Unattached
13 4FW Stephanie Roche (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 (age 26) 41 7 England Sunderland
19 4FW Clare Shine (1995-05-18) 18 May 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Scotland Glasgow City
18 4FW Megan Connolly (1997-03-07) 7 March 1997 (age 18) 1 0 United States Florida State Seminoles

Recent players[edit]

The following players have been selected by Ireland in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Grace Moloney (1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 22) 0 0 England Reading v.  Spain, 26 November 2015
DF Niamh Fahey1 (1987-10-13) 13 October 1987 (age 28) 61 0 England Chelsea v.  United States, 23 January 2016
DF Nicola Sinnott (1987-08-08) 8 August 1987 (age 28) 1 0 Republic of Ireland Wexford Youths v.  Haiti, 14 May 2015
DF Lauren Dwyer (1996-09-25) 25 September 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Shelbourne 2015 Istria Cup
MF Grace Murray (1989-05-26) 26 May 1989 (age 26) 9 0 Republic of Ireland Shelbourne v.  Spain, 26 November 2015
MF Dora Gorman (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 (age 22) 16 0 Republic of Ireland UCD Waves v.  Finland, 21 September 2015
MF Ciara Grant (1993-06-11) 11 June 1993 (age 22) 14 0 Republic of Ireland UCD Waves v.  Finland, 21 September 2015
MF Emma Beckett (1987-05-29) 29 May 1987 (age 28) 1 0 Norway Amazon Grimstad v.  Haiti, 14 May 2015
MF Rachel Graham (1989-07-18) 18 July 1989 (age 26) 4 0 Republic of Ireland Shelbourne v.  Finland, 21 September 2015
MF Emma Hansberry (1994-05-26) 26 May 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Castlebar Celtic v.  Haiti, 14 May 2015
MF Sarah Rowe (1995-07-25) 25 July 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Shelbourne 2015 Istria Cup
FW Carol Breen (1986-01-21) 21 January 1986 (age 30) 3 0 Republic of Ireland Wexford Youths v.  Spain, 26 November 2015
FW Claire O'Riordan (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Wexford Youths v.  Spain, 26 November 2015

1 Withdrew from the squad with a knee injury

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fan Hong, J. A. Mangan (2004). Soccer, Women, Sexual Liberation: Kicking Off a New Era. Frank Cass Publishers. 
  2. ^ Garin, Erik (20 October 2003). "1st Celt Cup - Women Tournament - 2000". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  3. ^ www.uefa.com
  4. ^ www.uefa.com
  5. ^ "Women's Under-19 2014 - Sweden-Republic of Ireland – UEFA.com". Uefa.com. 
  6. ^ "Ronan selects WNT squad for US double header". Football Association of Ireland. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 

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