Republic of Ireland women's national football team

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 qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. It has 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.

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 coachVera Pauw
CaptainKatie McCabe
Most capsEmma Byrne (134)
Top scorerOlivia O'Toole (54)
Home stadiumTallaght Stadium
FIFA codeIRL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 23 Increase 1 (9 December 2022)[1]
Highest23 (December 2022)
Lowest38 (July 2003)
First international
 Wales 2–3 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
(Llanelli, Wales; 13 May 1973)
Biggest win
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 11–0 Georgia 
(Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland; 30 November 2021)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 10–0 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
(Borås, Sweden; 20 September 1992)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2023)
WebsiteOfficial website

HistoryEdit

In 1973, the Women's Football Association of Ireland was established[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] In the UEFA championship semi-final the Republic of Ireland defeated Germany 1–0.[7] 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.[8]

In April 2017, the squad demanded better treatment from the FAI and threatened to boycott a home match against Slovakia.[9] They wanted a higher match fee, and broken time payment for amateurs missing work.[9] 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.[9] The boycott threat was lifted when agreement on improvements was reached.[10]

In November 2021 the team recorded their biggest ever win: 11–0 against Georgia in the qualifiers for 2023 World Cup.[11] After beating Finland 1–0 later in the qualifying campaign, Ireland reached a historic milestone as the team qualified to the playoffs for the first time in its history.

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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14][15] The FAI was fined €20,000 for the chanting.[16]

Team imageEdit

Home stadiumEdit

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.

Results and fixturesEdit

  • 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

2022Edit

16 February 2022 Pinatar Cup Republic of Ireland   2–1   Poland La Manga
  • Quinn   66', 75'
Stadium: La Manga Club Football Stadium
12 April 2023 FIFA WWC qualifier Sweden   1–1   Republic of Ireland Gothenburg
18:30
Report
Stadium: Gamla Ullevi
Attendance: 12,123
Referee: Iuliana Demetrescu (Romania)
19 June Friendly Republic of Ireland   1–0   Philippines Antalya
18:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Bellis Hotel Sports Center
Referee: Gamze Durmas Pakkan (Turkey)
27 June[note 1] 2023 FIFA WWC qualifier Georgia   0–9   Republic of Ireland Gori
Report
Stadium: Tengiz Burjanadze Stadium
Referee: Melis Özçiğdem (Turkey)
14 November Friendly Republic of Ireland   4–0   Morocco San Pedro Alcántara, Spain
17:00
Report Stadium: Marbella Football Center
Referee: Jason Barcelo (Gibraltar)

2023Edit

22 February 2023 (2023-02-22) Friendly Republic of Ireland   v   China Algeciras, Spain
14:00 UTC+1 Stadium: Estadio Nuevo Mirador
31 July 2023 (2023-07-31) FIFA WC Group Republic of Ireland   v   Nigeria Brisbane, Australia
Report Stadium: Lang Park

Coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

The senior women's management team includes:[18]

Role Name
Head coach   Vera Pauw
Assistant coach   Tom Elmes
Goalkeeping coach   Jan Willem van Ede

Manager historyEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Grace Moloney (1993-04-01) 1 April 1993 (age 29) 6 0   Reading
1GK Courtney Brosnan (1995-11-10) 10 November 1995 (age 27) 18 0   Everton
1GK Megan Walsh (1994-11-12) 12 November 1994 (age 28) 1 0   Brighton & Hove Albion
1GK Eve Badana (1993-07-09) 9 July 1993 (age 29) 4 0   DLR Waves

2DF Claire O'Riordan (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 28) 17 0   Celtic
2DF Harriet Scott (1993-02-10) 10 February 1993 (age 29) 23 0   Birmingham City
2DF Áine O'Gorman (1989-05-13) 13 May 1989 (age 33) 113 13   Shamrock Rovers
2DF Louise Quinn (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 32) 100 16   Birmingham City
2DF Chloe Mustaki (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 (age 27) 5 0   Bristol City
2DF Hayley Nolan (1997-03-07) 7 March 1997 (age 25) 2 0   London City Lionesses
2DF Diane Caldwell (1988-09-11) 11 September 1988 (age 34) 92 4   Reading
2DF Megan Campbell (1993-06-28) 28 June 1993 (age 29) 46 4   Liverpool
2DF Niamh Fahey (1987-10-13) 13 October 1987 (age 35) 106 1   Liverpool

3MF Denise O'Sullivan (1994-02-04) 4 February 1994 (age 28) 98 19   North Carolina Courage
3MF Katie McCabe (captain) (1995-09-21) 21 September 1995 (age 27) 70 18   Arsenal
3MF Jessica Ziu (2002-06-16) 16 June 2002 (age 20) 12 0   West Ham United
3MF Ciara Grant (1993-06-11) 11 June 1993 (age 29) 16 0   Hearts
3MF Jamie Finn (1998-04-21) 21 April 1998 (age 24) 15 0   Birmingham City
3MF Roma McLaughlin (1998-03-06) 6 March 1998 (age 24) 10 0   Central Connecticut Blue Devils
3MF Lily Agg (1993-12-17) 17 December 1993 (age 29) 6 2   London City Lionesses
3MF Lucy Quinn (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 29) 12 2   Birmingham City
3MF Isibeal Atkinson (2001-07-17) 17 July 2001 (age 21) 4 0   West Ham United
3MF Niamh Farrelly (1999-04-15) 15 April 1999 (age 23) 4 0   Parma

4FW Heather Payne (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 (age 23) 30 1   Florida State Seminoles
4FW Abbie Larkin (2005-04-27) 27 April 2005 (age 17) 5 1   Shamrock Rovers
4FW Amber Barrett (1996-01-10) 10 January 1996 (age 27) 34 5   Turbine Potsdam
4FW Saoirse Noonan (1999-07-13) 13 July 1999 (age 23) 3 1   Durham
4FW Kyra Carusa (1995-11-14) 14 November 1995 (age 27) 8 2   HB Køge

Recent call-upsEdit

  • The following players have also been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad within the last 12 months.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Naoisha McAloon (1999-03-17) 17 March 1999 (age 23) 0 0   Durham v.   Georgia, 27 June 2022

DF Jessie Stapleton (2005-02-07) 7 February 2005 (age 17) 1 0   Shelbourne v.   Slovakia, 6 September 2022
DF Éabha O'Mahony (2002-05-17) 17 May 2002 (age 20) 4 0   Boston College Eagles v.   Georgia, 27 June 2022
DF Claire Walsh (1994-10-28) 28 October 1994 (age 28) 4 0   Glasgow City v.   Sweden, 12 April 2022
DF Savannah McCarthy (1997-03-26) 26 March 1997 (age 25) 10 0   Galway v.   Wales, 22 February 2022

MF Ellen Molloy (2004-06-05) 5 June 2004 (age 18) 6 0   Wexford Youths v.   Slovakia, 6 September 2022
MF Ruesha Littlejohn (1990-07-03) 3 July 1990 (age 32) 68 6   Aston Villa v.   Finland, 1 September 2022INJ
MF Megan Connolly (1997-03-07) 7 March 1997 (age 25) 35 4   Brighton & Hove Albion v.   Finland, 1 September 2022INJ

FW Leanne Kiernan (1999-04-27) 27 April 1999 (age 23) 27 4   Liverpool v.   Slovakia, 6 September 2022
FW Stephanie Roche (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 (age 33) 58 14   Shamrock Rovers v.   Georgia, 27 June 2022

Notes:

  • INJ Withdrew from squad due to injury
  • PRE Preliminary squad / standby
  • RET Player retired from the national team

RecordsEdit

  • Statistics correct as of 23 October 2020.
  • Active players in bold.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA Women's World CupEdit

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 UEFA Euro 1991
  1995 Did not enter UEFA Euro 1995
  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 Qualified 9 6 2 1 27 4 +23
Total - - - - - - - - 55 27 8 20 91 55 +36
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA Women's ChampionshipEdit

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 alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Following a request from the FAI, the game has been rescheduled and will now be played during the international window in June 2022.[17]

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ Ryan, Eoin (10 May 2020). "Trailblazers – When Dundalk Ladies represented Ireland". RTÉ Sport. Retrieved 29 August 2020. When the WFAI was established in 1973, almost a full three years after the Corinthians clash, Gorham scored a hat-trick in the Republic of Ireland's first officially recognised women's international – a 3–2 victory away to Wales.
  4. ^ "Irish goalkeeping great Sue Hayden". Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  5. ^ Garin, Erik (20 October 2003). "1st Celt Cup – Women Tournament – 2000". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
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  7. ^ "UEFA.com – Women's Under-17 2010 – Republic of Ireland-Germany". www.uefa.com.
  8. ^ "Women's Under-19 2014 - Sweden-Republic of Ireland – UEFA.com". Uefa.com. 21 July 2014.
  9. ^ a b c "Ireland women's team withdraw from training". RTÉ.ie. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Agreement reached between FAI and Women's National Team". RTÉ.ie. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  11. ^ Ryan, Eoin (30 November 2021). "Recap: Republic of Ireland 11–0 Georgia". RTÉ.ie.
  12. ^ "History in Hampden as Ireland clinch qualification for 2023 World Cup". The 42. 11 October 2022. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  13. ^ "'This is for Creeslough, this is for Donegal' - Amber Barrett pays poignant tribute after famous playoff goal". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  14. ^ Reid, Kurtis (12 October 2022). "Watch: Republic of Ireland players apologise as video emerges of pro-IRA chant". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  15. ^ "Republic of Ireland women: FAI and manager Pauw apologise for players' IRA chant after play-off win". BBC Sport. 12 October 2022. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  16. ^ "Republic of Ireland women: FAI fined 20,000 euros by Uefa for players' pro-IRA chant". BBC Sport. 8 December 2022. Retrieved 8 December 2022.
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  20. ^ Kelly, Niall (31 December 2020). "Noel King takes charge of Shelbourne's WNL team ahead of 2021 season". The42. Retrieved 12 April 2021. King spent almost a decade in charge of Ireland's Women's National Team from 2000 to 2010
  21. ^ "Ronan succeeds King at Ireland helm". UEFA. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  22. ^ Mackey, Liam (29 December 2016). "Sue Ronan kicks through football's glass ceiling". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  23. ^ "Colin Bell replaces Sue Ronan as Ireland manager". RTÉ Sport. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
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  27. ^ "Olivia O'Toole; Escaping Drugs, Fighting Inequality & Becoming Ireland's Top Scorer – Her Sport". 6 March 2020.[dead link]

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