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 Colin Bell
Captain Katie McCabe
Most caps Emma Byrne
Top scorer Olivia O'Toole (54)
Home stadium Tallaght Stadium
FIFA code IRL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 33 Steady (1 September 2017)
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)
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 9–0  Montenegro
(Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland; 7 June 2016)
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 and the UEFA Women's Championship. The Republic of Ireland has yet to qualify for a major tournament. It has, however, taken part in invitational tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, the Istria Cup and the Cyprus Cup. It is organised by the Women's Football Association of Ireland.

History[edit]

In 1973 the Women's Football Association of Ireland was established [1] and in the 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. After losing 10–0 to Sweden in a Euro 1993 qualifier, the FAI did not enter a team in the 1995 competition.[2] This defeat against Sweden remains the team's biggest defeat.

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.[3] 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 would have secured promotion to the elite group of nations which competed directly for qualification to major tournaments, had the two level system not been scrapped for the next qualifying campaign. 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, Siobhán 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.[4] In the UEFA championship semi-final the Republic of Ireland defeated Germany 1–0.[5] With a team that included Megan Connolly, Savannah McCarthy 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.[6]

In April 2017, the squad demanded better treatment from the FAI and threatened to boycott a home match against Slovakia.[7] They wanted a higher match fee, and broken time payment for amateurs missing work.[7] They claimed that they had to share with underage teams the tracksuits they wore travelling to and from away matches, and change out of them in airport toilets.[7] The boycott threat was lifted when agreement on improvements was reached.[8]

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

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

2017[edit]


2018[edit]

Current Qualifying campaign[edit]

FIFA Women's World Cup 2019[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Netherlands 3 2 1 0 6 0 +6 7 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup 0–0 1–0 6 Apr 12 Jun
2  Republic of Ireland 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7 Play-offs if among four best runners-up 10 Apr 8 Jun 31 Aug 6 Apr
3  Norway 3 2 0 1 10 3 +7 6 4 Sep 12 Jun 4–1 6–1
4  Northern Ireland 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 3 8 Jun 0–2 10 Apr 4 Sep
5  Slovakia 4 0 0 4 2 16 −14 0 0–5 0–2 31 Aug 1–3
Updated to match(es) played on 28 November 2017. 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 - - - - - - -
Netherlands 2017 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 0/12 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stephanie Roche

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named to the roster for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification match against  Northern Ireland on 19 September 2017.[9]

Up to date caps and goals totals are not published by the Football Association of Ireland

Head coach: England Colin Bell

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Marie Hourihan (1987-03-10) 10 March 1987 (age 30) England Manchester City
1GK Amanda Budden (1994-05-09) 9 May 1994 (age 23) Republic of Ireland Cork City
1GK Amanda McQuillan (1998-03-24) 24 March 1998 (age 19) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne

2DF Harriet Scott (1993-02-10) 10 February 1993 (age 24) England Reading
2DF Megan Campbell (1993-06-28) 28 June 1993 (age 24) England Manchester City
2DF Sophie Perry (1986-11-11) 11 November 1986 (age 31) England Brighton & Hove Albion
2DF Diane Caldwell (Vice-captain) (1988-09-11) 11 September 1988 (age 29) Germany SC Sand
2DF Louise Quinn (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 27) England Arsenal
2DF Claire Walsh Republic of Ireland UCD Waves

3MF Niamh Fahey (1987-10-13) 13 October 1987 (age 30) France Bordeaux
3MF Karen Duggan (1991-05-29) 29 May 1991 (age 26) Republic of Ireland UCD Waves
3MF Denise O'Sullivan (1994-02-04) 4 February 1994 (age 23) United States North Carolina Courage
3MF Stephanie Roche England Sunderland
3MF Roma McLaughlin (1998-03-06) 6 March 1998 (age 19) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne
3MF Tyler Toland (2001-08-12) 12 August 2001 (age 16) Northern Ireland Sion Swifts

4FW Katie McCabe (Captain) (1995-09-21) 21 September 1995 (age 22) Scotland Glasgow City
4FW Leanne Kiernan (1999-04-27) 27 April 1999 (age 18) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne
4FW Heather Payne (2000-01-26) 26 January 2000 (age 17) Republic of Ireland Peamount United
4FW Amber Barrett Republic of Ireland Peamount United
4FW Áine O'Gorman (1989-05-13) 13 May 1989 (age 28) Republic of Ireland UCD Waves

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players were named to a squad in the last 12 months.

This list may be incomplete.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
MF Megan Connolly (1997-03-07) 7 March 1997 (age 20) United States Florida State Seminoles v.  Scotland, 7 July 2017
MF Ruesha Littlejohn (1990-07-03) 3 July 1990 (age 27) Scotland Celtic v.  Scotland, 7 July 2017
MF Alex Kavanagh (1999-12-11) 11 December 1999 (age 18) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne v.  Scotland, 7 July 2017

FW Dearbhaile Beirne (1998-05-08) 8 May 1998 (age 19) Republic of Ireland UCD Waves v.  Scotland, 7 July 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fan Hong, J. A. Mangan (2004). Soccer, Women, Sexual Liberation: Kicking Off a New Era. Frank Cass Publishers. 
  2. ^ "Irish goalkeeping great Sue Hayden". womensfootballarchive.com. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Garin, Erik (20 October 2003). "1st Celt Cup - Women Tournament - 2000". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  4. ^ www.uefa.com
  5. ^ www.uefa.com
  6. ^ "Women's Under-19 2014 - Sweden-Republic of Ireland – UEFA.com". Uefa.com. 
  7. ^ a b c "Ireland women's team withdraw from training". RTÉ.ie. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Agreement reached between FAI and Women's National Team". RTÉ.ie. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  9. ^ http://equalizersoccer.com/2017/08/31/thursday-roundup-ireland-squad-named-for-2019-wcq-against-northern-ireland/

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