Northern Ireland national under-19 football team
The Northern Ireland national under-19 football team also known as Northern Ireland under-19s or Northern Ireland U19s represents Northern Ireland in association football at under-19 level. It is controlled by the Irish Football Association and began under the name of Ireland Youth when the Home Nations first held a round robin of friendly matches in 1948. The same year they entered the first International Youth Tournament, now the UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. Their best performance was in 1963 when they finished as runner-up. The team evolved into the Northern Ireland under-18 team then the current under-19 team. As well as the UEFA Under-19 Championships the team also enters the annual Milk Cup (currently as an under-20 side). In addition, the team plays regular friendlies, sometimes as an under-20 or under-18 team by agreement of the opposing association.
|Nickname(s)||The GAWA, Norn Iron|
|Association||Irish Football Association|
|Head coach||Gerard Lyttle|
| Ireland Youth 0–4 Wales|
(Solitude, Belfast; 10 January 1948)
|Appearances||13 (first in 1948)|
|Best result||Runners-Up: 1963|
Champions Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place
- 1948–1954 – FIFA Junior Tournament
- 1955–1980 – UEFA Junior Tournament
- 1981–2001 – UEFA European U-18 Championship
- 2002–present – UEFA European U-19 Championship
|UEFA European Under-18/19 Championship Finals record||Qualification record|
|1948||Sixth place||3||1||0||2||7||12||−5||No qualification needed|
|1949||Fourth place||3||0||1||2||3||10||–7||No qualification needed|
|1950||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1951||Fourth place||3||1||0||2||3||3||0||No qualification needed|
|1952||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1953||Fifteenth place||4||1||0||3||11||16||−5||No qualification needed|
|1954||Eighteenth place||5||0||0||5||4||22||−18||No qualification needed|
|1955||Group stage||3||0||1||2||2||9||−7||No qualification needed|
|1956||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1964||Group stage||2||1||0||1||2||3||−1||No qualification needed|
|1965||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1976||Group stage||3||0||0||3||3||10||−7||Walkover against Scotland|
|1978||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||2||9||−7|
|1981||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||0||4||−4|
|1990||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1992||Did not qualify||6||0||3||3||4||10||−6|
|2005||Group stage||3||0||0||3||1||4||−3||Qualified as hosts|
|2006||Did not qualify||6||2||1||3||10||9||+1|
|2020||Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic||Qualified as hosts|
|2021||Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic|
|2022||Did not qualify||3||1||0||2||2||5||−3|
|2023||To be determined||To be determined|
|2024||To be determined||Qualified as hosts|
|2025||To be determined||To be determined|
Milk Cup Elite SectionEdit
- Winners: 1997, 2008, 2009, 2014
Coaches of the Northern Ireland youth/under-18/under-19 side include:
Players born on or after 1 January 2003 will be eligible until the end of the 2022 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. Names in bold denote players who have been capped by Northern Ireland in a higher age group.
The following players were named in the squad for the 2023 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification games against Slovenia, Netherlands and Moldova on 21, 24 and 27 September 2022 respectively.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Club|
|GK||Josh Clarke||28 July 2004||Celtic|
|GK||Stephen McMullan||31 December 2004||Fleetwood Town|
|DF||Matty Carson||29 April 2004||Southampton|
|DF||Michael Forbes||29 April 2004||West Ham United|
|DF||Brodie Spencer||6 May 2004||Huddersfield Town|
|DF||Josh Roney||19 July 2004||Stoke City|
|DF||Daithí McCallion||8 April 2005||Derry City|
|DF||Ruairi McConville||1 May 2005||Brighton|
|MF||Charlie Lindsay||26 January 2004||Rangers|
|MF||Conor Scannell||28 January 2004||Glenavon|
|MF||Aaron Wightman||23 February 2004||Glentoran|
|MF||Dylan Sloan||15 April 2004||Larne|
|MF||Patrick Kelly||2 October 2004||West Ham United|
|MF||Darren Robinson||29 December 2004||Derby County|
|MF||Lewis Trickett||27 April 2005||Accrington Stanley|
|MF||Rio Oudnie-Morgan||6 December 2005||Ipswich Town|
|FW||Makenzie Kirk||6 February 2004||Hearts|
|FW||Callum Marshall||28 November 2004||West Ham United|
|FW||Sam Glenfield||10 May 2005||Fleetwood Town|
|FW||Reece Evans||25 September 2005||Leicester City|
The following players have previously been called up to the Northern Ireland under-19 squad and remain eligible.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Pierce Charles||21 July 2005||-||-||Sheffield Wednesday||v. Malta, 10 June 2022|
|GK||Dylan Graham||31 October 2004||-||-||Everton||Football Federations Cup, 23–28 March 2022|
|DF||Reece Jordan||6 March 2005||-||-||Portadown||v. Malta, 10 June 2022|
|DF||Callum Wilson||29 February 2004||-||-||Sunderland||v. Malta, 10 June 2022|
|DF||Tommy Fogarty||15 March 2004||-||-||Birmingham City||Football Federations Cup, 23–28 March 2022|
|DF||Bobby Deane||11 April 2004||-||-||Dergview||Football Federations Cup, 23–28 March 2022|
|DF||Darragh McCloskey||-||-||Derry City||Football Federations Cup, 23–28 March 2022|
|MF||Jamie McDonnell||16 February 2004||-||-||Nottingham Forest||v. Malta, 10 June 2022|
|FW||Ryan Donnelly||-||-||Dungannon Swifts||v. Malta, 10 June 2022|
|FW||Conor Falls||2 January 2004||-||-||Huddersfield Town||v. Malta, 10 June 2022|
|FW||Omari Kellyman||25 September 2005||-||-||Aston Villa||Football Federations Cup, 23–28 March 2022|
|FW||Jamie Donley||3 January 2005||-||-||Tottenham Hotspur||v. Faroe Islands, 3 September 2021|
COVID = Player withdrew due to a positive COVID test or from being in close contact with someone with a positive COVID test.
- "Player Profile: Billy Cook". NIFG. 6 August 2013.
- "Best was class from the start". BBC Sport. 15 January 2012.
- "Player Profile: Joe Kinkaid". NIFG. 10 May 2010.
- "Player Profile: Jackie Cummings". NIFG. 2 June 2013.
- "BBC SPORT – Football – Internationals". BBC. 12 June 2008.
- "Robinson Named As U19 & U17 Manager". Irish FA. 28 October 2012.
- "Northern Ireland U19 & U21 Appointments". Irish FA. 22 April 2013.
- "Stephen Frail appointed Northern Ireland Under 19 and Under 17 manager". Irish FA. 19 August 2016.
- "Gerard Lyttle appointed as Northern Ireland's U19 and U17 manager". Irish FA. February 2020.
- "Northern Ireland U19 squad named for upcoming Euro qualifiers". The Irish Football Association. 16 September 2022.