PFAI Young Player of the Year
The Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland Players' Young Player of the Year (often called the PFAI Players' Young Player of the Year, the PFAI Young Player of the Year, or simply the Young Player of the Year) award is given to the footballer in the top-flight of Irish football, the League of Ireland, who is seen to have been the best player of the previous season and is under 23 years of age.
The shortlist is compiled by the members of the Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland (the PFAI), and then the winner is voted for by the other players in the league.
UEFA Euro 2016 saw three former winners of the award making appearances at the finals tournament in France, with two of them (Wes Hoolahan of the Republic of Ireland and Niall McGinn of Northern Ireland) scoring goals for their countries.
List of winnersEdit
Highlighted players are winning the award for a second time.
|2008||Niall McGinn||Derry City|
|2007||Mark Quigley||St Patrick's Athletic|
|2006||Kevin Deery||Derry City|
|2005||Paddy McCourt||Derry City|
|2004||Daryl Murphy||Waterford United|
|2003||Éamon Zayed||Bray Wanderers|
|1998||Colin Hawkins||St Patrick's Athletic|
|1997||Gary Beckett||Derry City|
|1995||Billy Woods||Cork City|
|1990||Vinny Arkins / Tony Cousins||Shamrock Rovers / Dundalk|
|1989||Liam Coyle||Derry City|
|1987||Martin Bayly||Sligo Rovers|
|1986||Liam O'Brien||Shamrock Rovers|
|1983||Ken DeMange||Home Farm|
Breakdown of winnersEdit
Winners by clubEdit
|Club||Number of wins|
|Bohemians||5 (1982, 1988, 1994, 2009, 2019)|
|Dundalk||5 (1990, 1993, 2013, 2014, 2018)|
|Shamrock Rovers||5 (1986, 1990, 2011, 2015, 2017)|
|Derry City||5 (1989, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2008)|
|Shelbourne||5 (1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003)|
|St Patrick's Athletic||3 (1998, 2007, 2012)|
|UCD||3 (1984, 1996, 2002)|
|Cork City||2 (1995, 2016)|
|Limerick||2 (1985, 1991)|
|Sporting Fingal||1 (2010)|
|Waterford United||1 (2004)|
|Bray Wanderers||1 (2003)|
|Sligo Rovers||1 (1987)|
|Home Farm||1 (1983)|
Winners by countryEdit
|Country||Number of wins|
|Republic of Ireland||34 (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)|
|Northern Ireland||5 (1989, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2008)|
- In 2000, Richie Baker became the first – and so far only – player to win the award twice. He achieved this feat by winning the award in successive seasons
- In 1990, the award was shared between Vinny Arkins and Tony Cousins. This is the only year that the award was shared.
- In 1989, Liam Coyle became the first player from outside of the Republic of Ireland to win the award.