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||Stephen Frail|
| 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||Qualified as hosts|
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 2001 will be eligible until the end of the 2020 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 UEFA preparation tournament for the 2020 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. Northern Ireland will play matches against Norway, Portugal & Germany on the 12 November, 15th November and 18th November respectively.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Club|
|GK||Dermot Mee||20 November 2002||Manchester United|
|GK||Scott Pengelly||31 October 2001||Fleetwood Town|
|GK||David Walsh||5 July 2002||Linfield|
|DF||Sam McClelland||4 January 2002||Chelsea|
|DF||Daniel Finlayson||19 January 2001||Rangers|
|DF||Kyle McClelland||10 February 2002||Rangers|
|DF||Jake Corbett||28 January 2001||Linfield|
|DF||Patrick Burns||9 January 2001||Glenavon|
|MF||Darragh Burns||6 August 2002||St Patrick's Athletic|
|MF||Christopher Conn||22 November 2001||Burnley|
|MF||Ben Wylie||29 June 2002||Celtic|
|MF||Carl Johnston||29 May 2002||Fleetwood Town|
|MF||Ryan Carmichael||3 August 2001||Portadown|
|MF||Trai Hume||18 March 2002||Linfield|
|MF||Dylan Boyle||15 January 2002||Fleetwood Town|
|FW||Lewis McCann||7 June 2001||Dunfermline Athletic|
|FW||Callum Ferris||5 July 2001||Portadown|
|FW||Barry Baggley||11 January 2002||Fleetwood Town|
|FW||Chris McKee||7 May 2002||Rangers|
|FW||Ben Wilson||5 December 2001||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|FW||Eoin Teggart||6 February 2002||Portsmouth|
|FW||John McGovern||17 October 2002||Newry 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||Liam Hughes||19 August 2001||-||-||Celtic||v. Faroe Islands, 5 September 2019|
|DF||Jack Scott||22 September 2002||-||-||Wolverhampton Wanderers||v. Faroe Islands, 5 September 2019|
|DF||Dean Corrigan||4 December 2001||-||-||Ballinamallard United||v. Faroe Islands, 5 September 2019|
|MF||Liam Hassin||15 March 2001||-||-||Carrick Rangers||v. Faroe Islands, 5 September 2019|
|FW||Liam Smyth||6 September 2001||-||-||Stevenage||v. Faroe Islands, 5 September 2019|
- "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.
- "NI boss Stephen Frail names squad for U19 Championship preparation tournament". The Irish Football Association. 9 November 2019.