Republic of Ireland women's national football team

The Republic of Ireland women's national football team (Irish: Foireann sacair ban Phoblacht na hÉireann) represents the Republic of Ireland in competitions such as the FIFA Women's World Cup and the UEFA Women's Championship. The team played in their first World Cup at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.[2] It has taken part in invitational tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, the Istria Cup, the Cyprus Cup and Pinatar Cup.[3] It is organised by the Women's Football Association of Ireland.

Republic of Ireland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Girls in Green (Irish: Na cailíní i nglas)
AssociationWomen's Football Association of Ireland
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachEileen Gleeson
CaptainKatie McCabe
Most capsEmma Byrne (134)
Top scorerOlivia O'Toole (54)
Home stadiumTallaght Stadium
FIFA codeIRL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 25 Steady (14 June 2024)[1]
Highest22 (March – June 2023)
Lowest38 (July – August 2003)
First international
 Wales 2–3 Republic of Ireland 
(Llanelli, Wales; 13 May 1973)
Biggest win
 Republic of Ireland 11–0 Georgia 
(Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland; 30 November 2021)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 10–0 Republic of Ireland 
(Borås, Sweden; 20 September 1992)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2023)
Best resultGroup stage (2023)
WebsiteOfficial website

History

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In 1973, the Women's Football Association of Ireland was established[4] and in the same year on 13 May the Republic of Ireland made their official international debut, Paula Gorham's hat-trick securing a 3–2 win in an away friendly game against Wales.[5] They made their competitive debut on 19 September 1982 in a 1984 European Competition for Women's Football qualifier against Scotland. This time the Republic of Ireland lost 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] In the UEFA championship semi-final the Republic of Ireland defeated Germany 1–0.[9] 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.[10]

In April 2017, the squad demanded better treatment from the FAI and threatened to boycott a home match against Slovakia.[11] They wanted a higher match fee, and broken time payment for amateurs missing work.[11] 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.[11] The boycott threat was lifted when agreement on improvements was reached.[12]

In November 2021 the team recorded their biggest ever win: 11–0 against Georgia in the qualifiers for 2023 World Cup.[13] The team secured a crucial victory in their World Cup qualifying campaign, defeating Finland 1-0 in a Group A match.[14] The decisive goal was scored in the second half by substitute Lily Agg, allowing the Irish team to claim second place in the group with one game remaining.[15] This achievement was soon surpassed when Ireland won the play-off final 1–0 over Scotland in Glasgow on 11 October 2022 to qualify for the final tournament.[16] A crucial first-half penalty save from Courtney Brosnan kept Ireland alive before Donegal native Amber Barrett scored the decisive goal, days after news of an explosion that killed several people in her county. She dedicated the goal to the victims and the community.[17] While celebrating in the Hampden changing rooms, several players sang Celtic Symphony praising the Irish Republican Army, for which manager Vera Pauw and players Áine O'Gorman and Chloe Mustaki apologised; the chanting was condemned by politicians from Northern Ireland.[18][19] The FAI was fined €20,000 for the chanting.[20]

They played their first ever Women's World Cup game on the 20th of July 2023, losing 1-0 to Australia, one of the co-host nations of the competition, following a penalty.[21] Ireland was then beaten by Canada, the reigning Olympic champion.[22]

Home stadium

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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 Glenmalure Park, Belfield Park, Carlisle Grounds, Ferrycarrig Park, Flancare Park and at Lamberton, Arklow.[23] While, they played the majority of their home games at Tallaght Stadium since 2013,[citation needed] the national team played their first home game at the Aviva Stadium in September 2023.[24]

Results and fixtures

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The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

Legend

  Win   Draw   Lose   Fixture

2023

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20 July FIFA WC Group Australia   1–0   Republic of Ireland Sydney, Australia
20:00 UTC+10
  • Catley   52' (pen.)
Report Stadium: Stadium Australia
Attendance: 75,784
Referee: Edina Alves Batista (Brazil)
26 July FIFA WC Group Canada   2–1   Republic of Ireland Perth, Australia
20:00 UTC+8
Report
Stadium: Perth Rectangular Stadium
Attendance: 17,065
Referee: Laura Fortunato (Argentina)
31 July FIFA WC Group Republic of Ireland   0–0   Nigeria Brisbane, Australia
20:00 UTC+10 Report Stadium: Lang Park
Attendance: 24,884
Referee: Katia García (Mexico)

2024

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23 February Friendly Italy   0–0   Republic of Ireland Florence, Italy
17:15 GMT Report Stadium: Viola Park
Referee: Emanuela Rusta (Albania)
27 February Friendly Republic of Ireland   0–2   Wales Dublin, Ireland
19:30 GMT Report
Stadium: Tallaght Stadium
Attendance: 8,218
9 April Euro 2025 qualifying Republic of Ireland   0–2   England Dublin, Ireland
19:30 IST
Report Stadium: Aviva Stadium
Attendance: 32,742
Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (Finland)
31 May Euro 2025 qualifying Republic of Ireland   0–3   Sweden Dublin, Ireland
19:30 IST Report
Stadium: Aviva Stadium
Attendance: 22,868
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)
4 June Euro 2025 qualifying Sweden   1–0   Republic of Ireland Solna, Sweden
18:30 CEDT
Report Stadium: Friends Arena
Attendance: 21,216
Referee: Alina Peşu (Romania)
12 July Euro 2025 qualifying England   2–1   Republic of Ireland Norwich, England
20:00 BST
Report
Stadium: Carrow Road
Attendance: 23,003
Referee: Catarina Campos (Portugal)
16 July Euro 2025 qualifying Republic of Ireland   3–1   France Cork, Ireland
18:00 IST
Report
Stadium: Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Attendance: 18,399
Referee: Olatz Rivera Olmedo (Spain)

Coaching staff

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Current coaching staff

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The senior women's management team includes:[25]

Role Name
Head coach   Eileen Gleeson
Assistant coach   Colin Healy
Assistant coach   Emma Byrne
Assistant coach   Rhys Carr
Performance coach   Ivi Casagrande

Manager history

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Players

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Current squad

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The following players were named to the squad for the UEFA Women's Euro 2025 qualifying matches against England and France on 12 and 16 July 2024, respectively.[34]

Caps and goals updated as of 16 July 2024 after the match against   France.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Courtney Brosnan (1995-11-10) 10 November 1995 (age 28) 39 0   Everton
16 1GK Grace Moloney (1993-04-01) 1 April 1993 (age 31) 6 0   London City Lionesses
23 1GK Sophie Whitehouse (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 27) 0 0   Lewes

2 2DF Jessie Stapleton (2005-02-07) 7 February 2005 (age 19) 7 0   West Ham United
3 2DF Megan Campbell (1993-06-28) 28 June 1993 (age 31) 51 4   London City Lionesses
4 2DF Louise Quinn (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 34) 121 16   Birmingham City
5 2DF Niamh Fahey (1987-10-13) 13 October 1987 (age 36) 113 1   Liverpool
12 2DF Anna Patten (1999-04-20) 20 April 1999 (age 25) 6 1   Aston Villa
13 2DF Aoife Mannion (1995-09-24) 24 September 1995 (age 28) 9 0   Manchester United
14 2DF Caitlin Hayes (1995-09-22) 22 September 1995 (age 28) 14 2   Celtic
2DF Diane Caldwell (1988-09-11) 11 September 1988 (age 35) 102 4   Zürich Frauen

6 3MF Megan Connolly (1997-03-07) 7 March 1997 (age 27) 57 4   Bristol City
7 3MF Julie-Ann Russell (1991-03-28) 28 March 1991 (age 33) 62 6   Galway United
8 3MF Ruesha Littlejohn (1990-07-03) 3 July 1990 (age 34) 83 6   London City Lionesses
10 3MF Denise O'Sullivan (1994-02-04) 4 February 1994 (age 30) 115 21   North Carolina Courage
11 3MF Katie McCabe (captain) (1995-09-21) 21 September 1995 (age 28) 89 26   Arsenal
15 3MF Tyler Toland (2001-08-08) 8 August 2001 (age 22) 19 1   Blackburn Rovers
17 3MF Lily Agg (1993-12-17) 17 December 1993 (age 30) 19 3   Birmingham City
22 3MF Jessica Ziu (2002-06-06) 6 June 2002 (age 22) 18 0   West Ham United
3MF Isibeal Atkinson (2001-07-17) 17 July 2001 (age 23) 15 0   Crystal Palace
3MF Eva Magnan (2004-09-15) 15 September 2004 (age 19) 0 0   Cork City

9 4FW Amber Barrett (1996-01-10) 10 January 1996 (age 28) 46 7   Standard Liège
18 4FW Marissa Sheva (1997-04-22) 22 April 1997 (age 27) 7 0   Portland Thorns
19 4FW Abbie Larkin (2005-04-27) 27 April 2005 (age 19) 18 1   Crystal Palace
20 4FW Leanne Kiernan (1999-04-27) 27 April 1999 (age 25) 36 4   Liverpool
21 4FW Emily Murphy (2003-03-02) 2 March 2003 (age 21) 5 0   Wake Forest University

Recent call-ups

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  • The following players have also been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad within the 12 months previous to July 2024.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Megan Walsh (1994-11-12) 12 November 1994 (age 29) 1 0   West Ham v.   Hungary, 26 September 2023

DF Chloe Mustaki (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 (age 28) 8 0   Bristol City v.   Northern Ireland, 31 October 2023
DF Hayley Nolan (1997-03-07) 7 March 1997 (age 27) 3 0   Crystal Palace v.   Northern Ireland, 31 October 2023
DF Claire O'Riordan (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 29) 19 1   Standard Liège v.   Albania, 31 October 2023
DF Savannah McCarthy (1997-03-26) 26 March 1997 (age 27) 11 0   Shamrock Rovers v.   Hungary, 26 September 2023
DF Éabha O'Mahony (2002-05-17) 17 May 2002 (age 22) 4 0   Texas Longhorns v.   Hungary, 26 September 2023

MF Lucy Quinn (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 30) 24 5   Birmingham City v.   Sweden, 4 June 2024
MF Erin McLaughlin (2003-03-08) 8 March 2003 (age 21) 3 0   Peamount United v.   Sweden, 4 June 2024
MF Heather Payne (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 (age 24) 46 2   Everton v.   England, 9 April 2024
MF Jessica Fitzgerald (2006-07-12) 12 July 2006 (age 18) 0 0   Peamount United v.   Wales, 27 February 2024
MF Jamie Finn (1998-04-21) 21 April 1998 (age 26) 20 0   Birmingham City v.   Italy, 23 February 2024 INJ
MF Sinead Farrelly (1989-11-16) 16 November 1989 (age 34) 8 0 Retired v.   Northern Ireland, 31 October 2023 RET
MF Freya Healy (2007-11-05) 5 November 2007 (age 16) 0 0   Peamount United v.   Northern Ireland, 31 October 2023

FW Kyra Carusa (1995-11-14) 14 November 1995 (age 28) 27 7   San Diego Wave v.   Sweden, 4 June 2024
FW Emily Whelan (2002-08-22) 22 August 2002 (age 21) 9 0   Glasgow City v.   England, 9 April 2024
FW Saoirse Noonan (1999-07-13) 13 July 1999 (age 25) 4 1   Durham v.   Northern Ireland, 31 October 2023
FW Ellen Dolan (2006-06-30) 30 June 2006 (age 18) 0 0   Peamount United v.   Northern Ireland, 31 October 2023

Notes:

  • INJ – Withdrew due to injury.
  • PRE – Preliminary squad / standby.
  • RET – Retired.

Records

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  • Statistics correct as of 16 July 2024.
  • Active players in bold.

Competitive record

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FIFA Women's World Cup

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FIFA Women's World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD GP W D* L GF GA GD
  1991 did not qualify 4 2 1 1 6 3 +3
  1995 did not enter did not enter
  1999 did not qualify 6 3 1 2 8 4 +4
  2003 6 4 0 2 18 7 +11
  2007 8 1 1 6 3 15 −12
  2011 8 4 1 3 12 10 +2
  2015 10 5 2 3 13 9 +4
  2019 8 4 1 3 10 6 +4
   2023 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 1 3 –2 9 6 2 1 27 4 +23
  2027 To be determined To be determined
Total Group Stage 3 0 1 2 1 3 –2 55 27 8 20 91 55 +36
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA Women's Championship

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UEFA Women's Championship record Qualifying record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
1984 did not qualify 6 2 1 3 6 14
  1987 6 2 0 4 4 17
  1989 4 0 1 3 1 8
  1991 4 2 1 1 6 3
  1993 4 1 0 3 1 12
  1995 did not enter did not enter
   1997 did not qualify 8 6 0 2 20 10
  2001 6 2 1 3 6 12
  2005 8 5 3 0 35 5
  2009 10 4 1 5 11 18
  2013 8 3 0 5 8 11
  2017 8 3 0 5 17 14
  2022 8 4 1 3 11 10
  2025 to be determined to be determined
Total - - - - - - - 80 34 9 37 126 134
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

See also

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