Ireland national cerebral palsy football team

Ireland national cerebral palsy football team is the national cerebral football team for Ireland that represents the team in international competitions. They have participated in several Paralympic Games and World Championships. They have won two bronze medals and a silver at the Paralympics. Their best finish at the World Championships was first at the 1982 edition in Denmark.

Ireland national cerebral palsy football team
FederationFootball Association of Ireland
Head coachPaul Breen
Asst coachRobert Sweeney
IFCPF ranking5
Highest IFCPF ranking5 (2017)
Lowest IFCPF ranking7 (September 2012, August 2013, November 2014)

Background

Paralympics Ireland manages the national team.[1] In 2011, members of the Irish national team participated in a study that looking at endurance and running performance as part of a researcher's efforts to understand the fairness of cerebral palsy football classification.[2] In October 2014, an IFCPF coaching workshop was held in Wales to try to further develop the sport, with participants from Wales, England and the Republic of Ireland.[3] While Ireland was active in participating on the Paralympic and World Championship level by 2016, the country did not have a national championships to support national team player development.[4]

In 2016, after getting an endorsement by the World AntiDoping Agency (WADA), the IFCPF Anti-Doping Code was formally amended to allow for out of competition testing. This was done through a WADA approved Whereabouts Programme managed through ADAMS. Drawing from players in a Registered Testing Pool, players from this country were included ahead of the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.[5]

Ranking

Ireland was ranked fifth in the world by the IFCPF in 2016.[6] In September 2012, August 2013 and November 2014, the team was ranked number seven in the world.[7][8][9] In July 2011, the team was ranked sixth in the world.[10]

Players

There have been a number of players for the Ireland squad.

Name Number Classification Position Years active Ref
Daragh Byrne 5 FT7 Midfielder 2012 [11]
Peter Cotter 11 FT7 Forward 2012 [11]
Kieran Devlin 2 FT7 Defender 2012 [11]
Luke Evans 4 FT7 Midfielder 2012 [11]
Simon L'Strange 16 FT6 Goalkeeper 2012 [11]
Gerry Masset 7 FT7 Midfielder 2012, 2014 [12][11]
Joseph Markey 3 FT7 Defender 2012 [11]
Brian McGillivary 1 FT5 Goalkeeper 2012 [11]
Eric O'Flaherty 8 FT7 Defender 2012 [11]
Finbar O'Riorden 6 FT7 Defender 2012 [11]
Daragh Snell 9 FT7 Forward 2012 [11]
Aaron Tier 12 FT5 Forward 2012 [11]

Results

Ireland has participated in a number of international tournaments.

Competition Location Year Total Teams Result Ref
Pre-Paralympic Tournament Salou, Spain 2016 7 5 [13]
Northern European Open Championship Denmark 2015 4 2 [14][15]
Euro Football 7-a-side Maia, Portugal 2014 11 4 [12]
Intercontinental Cup Barcelona, Spain 2013 16 [16]
Ireland CP International Tournament Ireland 2013 4 [17]
2012 Paralympic World Cup London, England 2012 4 [18]
Nottingham British Paralympic World Cup Nottingham, England 2010 4 [19]
CPISRA International Championships Arnhem, Netherlands 2009 11 [20]
Nations Cup Lilleshall, England 2009 4 [21]

IFCPF World Championships

The Republic of Ireland has participated in the IFCPF World Championships. At the 2011 CP-ISRA World Championship in Drenthe, Ireland beat Canada 6 - 0.[22]

World Championships Location Total Teams Result Ref
2015 IFCPF World Championships England 15 6 [23]
2011 CPSIRA World Championships Netherlands 16 9 [24]
1994 CPISRA World Championships Dublin, Ireland 2 [25]
1990 CPISRA World Championships Assen, Netherlands 2 [25]
1986 CPISRA World Championships Gits, Belgium 3 [25]
1982 CPISRA World Championships Greve, Denmark 1 [25]

Paralympic Games

Ireland has participated in 7-a-side football at the Paralympic Games. Their best performance was at the 1992 and 1984 Games when they won silver medals. They also won a bronze at the 1988 Games.[26] After qualifying for the gold medal game in the sport's debut at the 1984 Summer Games, they lost their match to Belgium to finish with a silver medal.[27]

Paralympic Results

Games Results Ref
2008 Summer Paralympics 6 [26]
2004 Summer Paralympics 7 [26]
1996 Summer Paralympics [26]
1992 Summer Paralympics 3 [26]
1988 Summer Paralympics 3 [26]
1984 Summer Paralympics 2 [27][26]

References

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