Republic of Ireland women's national football team
|Nickname(s)||The Girls in Green|
|Association||Women's Football Association of Ireland|
|Head coach||Colin Bell|
|Most caps||Emma Byrne|
|Top scorer||Olivia O'Toole (54)|
|Home stadium||Tallaght Stadium|
|Current||33 (1 September 2017)|
|Highest||27 (December 2008)|
|Lowest||38 (July 2003)|
| Scotland 10–1 Republic of Ireland
(Greenock, Scotland; 22 April 1973)
| Malta 0–9 Republic of Ireland
(Ta' Qali, Malta; 22 October 2003)
Republic of Ireland 9–0 Montenegro
(Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland; 7 June 2016)
| Sweden 10–0 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.
In 1973 the Women's Football Association of Ireland was established  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. 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. 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. In the UEFA championship semi-final the Republic of Ireland defeated Germany 1–0. 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.
In April 2017, the squad demanded better treatment from the FAI and threatened to boycott a home match against Slovakia. They wanted a higher match fee, and broken time payment for amateurs missing work. 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. The boycott threat was lifted when agreement on improvements was reached.
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
|1 March 2017 Cyprus Cup||Czech Republic||0–2||Republic of Ireland||Paralimni, Cyprus|
|Stadium: Paralimni Stadium
|3 March 2017 Cyprus Cup||Hungary||0–0||Republic of Ireland||Paralimni, Cyprus|
|15:30||Report||Stadium: Paralimni Stadium
|6 March 2017 Cyprus Cup||Wales||0–0||Republic of Ireland||Paralimni, Cyprus|
|12:30||Report||McCabe 20'||Stadium: Paralimni Stadium
|8 March 2017 Cyprus Cup||North Korea||2–0||Republic of Ireland||Paralimni, Cyprus|
|12:30||Wi Jong-sim 73'
Kim Ryu-song 85'
|Report||Stadium: Paralimni Stadium
|10 April 2017 Friendly||Republic of Ireland||1–0||Slovakia||Tallaght, Republic of Ireland|
|14:00||Roche 46' (pen.)||Report||Stadium: Tallaght Stadium
|8 June 2017 Friendly||Republic of Ireland||0–0||Iceland||Tallaght, Republic of Ireland|
|19:30||Report||Stadium: Tallaght Stadium
Referee: Paula Brady (Ireland)
|7 July 2017 Friendly||Scotland||1–0||Republic of Ireland||Kirkcaldy, Scotland|
|19:30||Murray 85'||Report||Stadium: Stark's Park
|19 September 2017 WCQ-G3||Northern Ireland||0–2||Republic of Ireland||Lurgan, Northern Ireland|
|19:30||Report||Rachel Furness 45+1' (o.g.)
Megan Campbell 69'
|Stadium: Mourneview Park
Referee: Vesna Budimir
|24 October 2017 WCQ-G3||Slovakia||0–2||Republic of Ireland||Senec, Slovakia|
Vojteková 33' (o.g.)
|Stadium: NTC Senec
Referee: Triinu Laos (Estonia)
|28 November 2017 WCQ-G3||Netherlands||0–0||Republic of Ireland||Nijmegen, Netherlands|
|17:00||Report||Stadium: Stadion de Goffert
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (Russia)
|18 January 2018 Friendly||Portugal||v||Republic of Ireland||Ponta Delgada, Portugal|
|17:00||Stadium: Estádio de São Miguel
|22 January 2018 Friendly||Portugal||v||Republic of Ireland||Ponta Delgada, Portugal|
|15:00||Stadium: Estádio de São Miguel
Current Qualifying campaign
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019
|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|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
|World Cup Finals|
|1991||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1995||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1999||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2003||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2007||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2011||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2015||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
|1984||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1987||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1989||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1991||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1993||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1995||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|& 1997||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2001||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2005||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2009||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2013||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2017||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
- Up to date caps and goals totals are not published by the Football Association of Ireland
Head coach: Colin Bell
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Marie Hourihan||10 March 1987||Manchester City|
|GK||Amanda Budden||9 May 1994||Cork City|
|GK||Amanda McQuillan||24 March 1998||Shelbourne|
|DF||Harriet Scott||10 February 1993||Reading|
|DF||Megan Campbell||28 June 1993||Manchester City|
|DF||Sophie Perry||11 November 1986||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|DF||Diane Caldwell (Vice-captain)||11 September 1988||SC Sand|
|DF||Louise Quinn||17 June 1990||Arsenal|
|DF||Claire Walsh||UCD Waves|
|MF||Niamh Fahey||13 October 1987||Bordeaux|
|MF||Karen Duggan||29 May 1991||UCD Waves|
|MF||Denise O'Sullivan||4 February 1994||North Carolina Courage|
|MF||Roma McLaughlin||6 March 1998||Shelbourne|
|MF||Tyler Toland||12 August 2001||Sion Swifts|
|FW||Katie McCabe (Captain)||21 September 1995||Glasgow City|
|FW||Leanne Kiernan||27 April 1999||Shelbourne|
|FW||Heather Payne||26 January 2000||Peamount United|
|FW||Amber Barrett||Peamount United|
|FW||Áine O'Gorman||13 May 1989||UCD Waves|
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||7 March 1997||Florida State Seminoles||v. Scotland, 7 July 2017|
|MF||Ruesha Littlejohn||3 July 1990||Celtic||v. Scotland, 7 July 2017|
|MF||Alex Kavanagh||11 December 1999||Shelbourne||v. Scotland, 7 July 2017|
|FW||Dearbhaile Beirne||8 May 1998||UCD Waves||v. Scotland, 7 July 2017|
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