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 32 Increase 2 (24 March 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 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, 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]

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 8 8 0 0 39 2 +37 24 Final tournament
2  Portugal 8 4 1 3 15 11 +4 13 Play-offs
3  Finland 8 4 1 3 17 12 +5 13
4  Republic of Ireland 8 3 0 5 17 14 +3 9
5  Montenegro 8 0 0 8 2 51 −49 0
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

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Players called up by Susan Ronan for the unofficial friendly match against Basque Country on 26 November 2016.

Caps and goals as of 30 November 2016.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Emma Byrne (captain) (1979-06-14) 14 June 1979 (age 37) 127 0 England Arsenal
1GK Naoisha McAloone (1999-03-17) 17 March 1999 (age 18) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Peamount United FC
1GK Amanda McQuillan (1998-03-24) 24 March 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Shelbourne

2DF Jetta Berril (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Republic of Ireland UCD Waves
2DF Méabh De Búrca (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 (age 28) 50 0 Republic of Ireland Galway
2DF Niamh Fahey (1987-10-13) 13 October 1987 (age 29) 68 0 England Chelsea
2DF Jessica Gleeson (1993-10-23) 23 October 1993 (age 23) 4 0 Republic of Ireland Wexford Youths
2DF Savannah McCarthy (1997-02-26) 26 February 1997 (age 20) 3 0 Scotland Glasgow City
2DF Niamh Prior (1998-03-24) 24 March 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Republic of Ireland UCD Waves
2DF Louise Quinn (Vice-captain) (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 26) 47 6 Sweden Eskilstuna United

3MF Diane Caldwell (1988-09-11) 11 September 1988 (age 28) 49 1 Germany SC Sand
3MF Karen Duggan (1991-05-29) 29 May 1991 (age 25) 21 0 Republic of Ireland UCD Waves
3MF Alex Kavanagh (1999-12-11) 11 December 1999 (age 17) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Shelbourne
3MF Roma McLaughlin (1998-03-06) 6 March 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Republic of Ireland Greencastle FC
3MF Denise O'Sullivan (1994-02-04) 4 February 1994 (age 23) 48 9 United States Houston Dash
3MF Julie-Ann Russell (1991-03-28) 28 March 1991 (age 26) 52 4 Republic of Ireland UCD Waves

3MF Leanne Kiernan (1999-04-27) 27 April 1999 (age 17) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Shelbourne
4FW Noelle Murray (1989-12-25) 25 December 1989 (age 27) ?? ?? Republic of Ireland Shelbourne
4FW Áine O'Gorman (1989-05-13) 13 May 1989 (age 27) 88 9 Republic of Ireland UCD Waves
4FW Stephanie Roche (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 (age 27) 43 8 England Sunderland

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 24) 1 0 England Aston Villa v.  Portugal, 20 September 2016PRE
GK Niamh Reid-Burke (1991-08-06) 6 August 1991 (age 25) 4 0 Republic of Ireland Shelbourne v.  Portugal, 20 September 2016PRE

DF Megan Campbell (1993-06-28) 28 June 1993 (age 23) 35 2 England Manchester City v.  United States, 23 January 2016
DF Sophie Perry (1986-11-11) 11 November 1986 (age 30) 29 0 England Reading v.  Portugal, 20 September 2016
DF Ciara Rossiter (1996-02-12) 12 February 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Republic of Ireland Wexford Youths v.  United States, 23 January 2016
DF Tiegan Ruddy (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Republic of Ireland Peamount United FC v.  Portugal, 20 September 2016PRE
DF Grace Wright (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 22) 0 0 United States Texas A&M Aggies v.  United States, 23 January 2016

MF Emma Beckett (1987-05-29) 29 May 1987 (age 29) 1 0 England Reading v.  Portugal, 20 September 2016PRE
MF Megan Connolly (1997-03-07) 7 March 1997 (age 20) 5 0 United States Florida State Seminoles v.  Finland, 9 March 2016
MF Dora Gorman (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 (age 24) 16 0 Republic of Ireland UCD Waves v.  Finland, 21 September 2015
MF Rachel Graham (1989-07-18) 18 July 1989 (age 27) 6 0 Republic of Ireland Shelbourne v.  Finland, 9 March 2016
MF Ciara Grant (1993-06-11) 11 June 1993 (age 23) 14 0 Republic of Ireland UCD Waves v.  Finland, 21 September 2015
MF Emma Hansberry (1994-05-26) 26 May 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Republic of Ireland Wexford Youths v.  Spain, 12 April 2016
MF Siobhán Killeen (1993-03-15) 15 March 1993 (age 24) 10 0 Republic of Ireland Shelbourne v.  United States, 23 January 2016
MF Ruesha Littlejohn (1990-07-03) 3 July 1990 (age 26) 37 5 Scotland Celtic v.  Portugal, 20 September 2016
MF Katie McCabe (1995-09-21) 21 September 1995 (age 21) 14 1 England Arsenal v.  Portugal, 20 September 2016
MF Grace Murray (1989-05-26) 26 May 1989 (age 27) 9 0 Republic of Ireland Shelbourne v.  Spain, 26 November 2015

FW Carol Breen (1986-01-21) 21 January 1986 (age 31) 3 0 Republic of Ireland Wexford Youths v.  Spain, 26 November 2015
FW Rianna Jarrett (1994-07-05) 5 July 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Republic of Ireland Wexford Youths v.  Italy, 4 March 2016
FW Claire O'Riordan (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Republic of Ireland Wexford Youths v.  Hungary, 7 March 2016
FW Fiona O'Sullivan (1986-09-17) 17 September 1986 (age 30) 43 13 United States California Storm v.  Portugal, 20 September 2016
FW Clare Shine (1995-05-18) 18 May 1995 (age 21) 4 0 Scotland Glasgow City v.  Portugal, 20 September 2016
Notes
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.

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. 

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