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 yet to qualify for a major tournament. It has, however, 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
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
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 32 1 (27 September 2019)[1]
Highest27 (December 2008)
Lowest38 (July 2003)
First international
 Scotland 10–1 Republic of Ireland
(Greenock, Scotland; 22 April 1973)
Biggest win
 Malta 0–9 Republic of Ireland
(Ta' Qali, Malta; 22 October 2003)
Republic of Ireland 9–0  Montenegro
(Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland; 7 June 2016)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 10–0 Republic of Ireland
(Borås, Sweden; 20 September 1992)


In 1973 the Women's Football Association of Ireland was established[2] and in the same year on 22 April the Republic of Ireland made their international debut with a 10–1 defeat in an away friendly game against Scotland. They made their competitive debut on 19 September 1982 in a 1984 European Competition for Women's Football qualifier, also against Scotland. This time the Republic of Ireland lost just 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] In the UEFA championship semi-final the Republic of Ireland defeated Germany 1–0.[6] 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.[7]

In April 2017, the squad demanded better treatment from the FAI and threatened to boycott a home match against Slovakia.[8] They wanted a higher match fee, and broken time payment for amateurs missing work.[8] 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.[8] The boycott threat was lifted when agreement on improvements was reached.[9]

Home grounds

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.

Recent results and fixtures

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



Tournament record

World Cup

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
1991Did not qualify-------
1995Did not enter-------
1999Did not qualify-------
2003Did not qualify-------
2007Did not qualify-------
2011Did not qualify-------
2015Did not qualify-------
2019Did not qualify-------
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

European Championship

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1984Did not qualify-------
1987Did not qualify-------
1989Did not qualify-------
1991Did not qualify-------
1993Did not qualify-------
1995Did not enter-------
1997Did not qualify-------
2001Did not qualify-------
2005Did not qualify-------
2009Did not qualify-------
2013Did not qualify-------
2017Did not qualify-------


Current squad

The following 24 players were called up for the UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifier against  Greece on 12 November 2019.[10]

The Football Association of Ireland do not publish up to date caps and goals for their female players.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1GK Marie Hourihan (1987-03-10) 10 March 1987 SC Braga
1GK Grace Moloney (1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 Reading
1GK Niamh Reid Burke (1991-08-06) 6 August 1991 Peamount United

2DF Keeva Keenan (1997-08-16) 16 August 1997 Celtic
2DF Diane Caldwell (vice-captain) (1988-09-11) 11 September 1988 SC Sand
2DF Claire Walsh (1994-10-28) 28 October 1994 Peamount United
2DF Claire O'Riordan (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 MSV Duisburg
2DF Louise Quinn (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 Arsenal
2DF Chloe Mustaki (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 Shelbourne
2DF Eabha O'Mahony (2002-05-17) 17 May 2002 Cork City

3MF Niamh Fahey (1987-10-13) 13 October 1987 Liverpool
3MF Denise O'Sullivan (1994-02-04) 4 February 1994 North Carolina Courage
3MF Stephanie Roche (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 Florentia
3MF Tyler Toland (2001-08-08) 8 August 2001 Manchester City
3MF Hayley Nolan (1997-03-07) 7 March 1997 Hartford Hawks
3MF Jessica Ziu (2002-06-16) 16 June 2002 Shelbourne
3MF Jamie Finn (1998-04-21) 21 April 1998 Shelbourne

4FW Rianna Jarrett (1994-07-05) 5 July 1994 Wexford Youths
4FW Leanne Kiernan (1999-04-27) 27 April 1999 West Ham United
4FW Amber Barrett (1996-01-10) 10 January 1996 FC Köln
4FW Katie McCabe (captain) (1995-09-21) 21 September 1995 Arsenal
4FW Julie-Ann Russell (1991-03-28) 28 March 1991 Sydney University
4FW Emily Whelan (2002-08-02) 2 August 2002 Shelbourne
4FW Clare Shine (1995-05-18) 18 May 1995 Glasgow City

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad within the last 12 months.

This list may be incomplete.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Courtney Brosnan (1995-11-10) 10 November 1995 - - West Ham United v.  Ukraine, 8 October 2019

DF Harriet Scott (1993-02-10) 10 February 1993 - - Birmingham City v.  Ukraine, 8 October 2019
DF Megan Campbell (1993-06-28) 28 June 1993 - - Manchester City v.  Ukraine, 8 October 2019
DF Lauren Dwyer (1996-09-25) 25 September 1996 - - Wexford Youths v.  United States, 3 August 2019
DF Zara Foley (2002-04-11) 11 April 2002 - - Cork City v.  Italy, 9 April 2019
DF Shauna Brennan (2003-11-26) 26 November 2003 - - Galway v.  Belgium, 20 January 2019

MF Megan Connolly (1997-03-07) 7 March 1997 - - Brighton & Hove Albion v.  Ukraine, 8 October 2019
MF Eleanor Ryan-Doyle (1998-05-14) 14 May 1998 - - Peamount United v.  Montenegro, 3 September 2019
MF Jess Gargan (1997-03-10) 10 March 1997 - - Shelbourne v.  Montenegro, 3 September 2019
MF Niamh Farrelly (1999-04-15) 15 April 1999 - - Peamount United v.  United States, 3 August 2019
MF Alex Kavanagh (1999-12-11) 11 December 1999 - - Shelbourne v.  United States, 3 August 2019
MF Rebecca Cooke (2002-10-30) 30 October 2002 - - Shelbourne v.  Belgium, 20 January 2019

FW Heather Payne (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 - - Florida State Seminoles v.  Ukraine, 8 October 2019
FW Emily Kraft (2002-02-18) 18 February 2002 - - Frankfurt U17 v.  Italy, 9 April 2019 INJ
FW Isibeal Atkinson (2001-07-17) 17 July 2001 - - Shelbourne v.  Belgium, 20 January 2019

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

See also


  1. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 27 September 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  2. Fan Hong, J. A. Mangan (2004). Soccer, Women, Sexual Liberation: Kicking Off a New Era. Frank Cass Publishers.
  3. "Irish goalkeeping great Sue Hayden". Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  4. Garin, Erik (20 October 2003). "1st Celt Cup - Women Tournament - 2000". Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  5. " - Women's Under-17 2010 - Republic of Ireland-Sweden".
  6. " - Women's Under-17 2010 - Republic of Ireland-Germany".
  7. "Women's Under-19 2014 - Sweden-Republic of Ireland –".
  8. "Ireland women's team withdraw from training". RTÉ.ie. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  9. "Agreement reached between FAI and Women's National Team". RTÉ.ie. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
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