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)|
|Association||Women's Football Association of Ireland|
|Most caps||Emma Byrne (134)|
|Top scorer||Olivia O'Toole (54)|
|Home stadium||Tallaght Stadium|
|Current||33 2 (12 July 2019)|
|Highest||27 (December 2008)|
|Lowest||38 (July 2003)|
| Scotland 10–1 Republic of Ireland|
(Greenock, Scotland; 22 April 1973)
| Malta 0–9 Republic of Ireland|
(Ta' Qali, Malta; 22 October 2003)
Republic of Ireland 9–0 Montenegro
(Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland; 7 June 2016)
| Sweden 10–0 Republic of Ireland|
(Borås, Sweden; 20 September 1992)
In 1973 the Women's Football Association of Ireland was established 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. 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. 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. In the UEFA championship semi-final the Republic of Ireland defeated Germany 1–0. 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.
In April 2017, the squad demanded better treatment from the FAI and threatened to boycott a home match against Slovakia. They wanted a higher match fee, and broken time payment for amateurs missing work. 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. The boycott threat was lifted when agreement on improvements was reached.
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.
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|12 November 2019 EUROQ-GI||Greece||v||Republic of Ireland|
|11 March 2020 EUROQ-GI||Montenegro||v||Republic of Ireland|
|11 April 2020 EUROQ-GI||Germany||v||Republic of Ireland|
|5 June 2020 EUROQ-GI||Ukraine||v||Republic of Ireland|
|World Cup Finals|
|1991||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1995||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1999||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2003||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2007||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2011||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2015||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2019||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1984||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1987||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1989||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1991||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1993||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1995||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1997||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2001||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2005||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2009||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2013||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2017||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
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|
|GK||Marie Hourihan||10 March 1987||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|GK||Grace Moloney||1 March 1993||Reading|
|DF||Harriet Scott||10 February 1993||Birmingham City|
|DF||Louise Quinn||17 June 1990||Arsenal|
|DF||Niamh Fahey||13 October 1987||Liverpool|
|DF||Diane Caldwell (vice-captain)||11 September 1988||SC Sand|
|DF||Claire O'Riordan||12 October 1994||MSV Duisburg|
|DF||Megan Campbell||28 June 1993||Manchester City|
|DF||Zara Foley||11 April 2002||Cork City|
|DF||Eabha O'Mahony||17 May 2002||Cork City|
|DF||Megan Connolly||7 March 1997||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|MF||Tyler Toland||8 August 2001||Sion Swifts|
|MF||Denise O'Sullivan||4 February 1994||North Carolina Courage|
|MF||Jessica Ziu||16 June 2002||Shelbourne|
|MF||Niamh Farrelly||15 April 1999||Peamount United|
|FW||Amber Barrett||10 January 1996||Peamount United|
|FW||Leanne Kiernan||27 April 1999||West Ham United|
|FW||Emily Whelan||2 August 2002||Shelbourne|
|FW||Katie McCabe (captain)||21 September 1995||Arsenal|
|FW||Rianna Jarrett||5 July 1994||Wexford Youths|
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||10 November 1995||-||-||Le Havre||v. Wales, 5 March 2019|
|GK||Amanda Budden||7 March 1997||-||-||Cork City||v. Northern Ireland, 31 August 2018|
|DF||Heather Payne||7 March 1997||-||-||Bristol City||v. Wales, 5 March 2019|
|DF||Shauna Brennan||26 November 2003||-||-||Galway||v. Belgium, 20 January 2019|
|DF||Sophie Perry||11 November 1986||-||-||Brighton & Hove Albion||v. Poland, 9 October 2018|
|MF||Rebecca Cooke||30 October 2002||-||-||Shelbourne||v. Belgium, 20 January 2019|
|MF||Aislinn Meaney||24 October 1998||-||-||Galway||v. Poland, 9 October 2018|
|MF||Ruesha Littlejohn||3 July 1990||-||-||London Bees||v. Poland, 9 October 2018|
|FW||Emily Kraft||18 February 2002||-||-||Frankfurt U17||v. Italy, 9 April 2019 INJ|
|FW||Isibeal Atkinson||17 July 2001||-||-||Shelbourne||v. Belgium, 20 January 2019|
|FW||Dearbhaile Beirne||8 May 1998||-||-||Peamount United||v. Poland, 9 October 2018|
|FW||Áine O'Gorman RET||13 May 1989||-||-||Peamount United||v. Northern Ireland, 31 August 2018|
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|31 August 2018 WCQ-G3||Republic of Ireland||4–0||Northern Ireland||Tallaght, Republic of Ireland|
|17:30||Kiernan 4', 27'
McCabe 12', 58' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Tallaght Stadium|
Referee: Angelika Söder (Germany)
|9 October 2018 Friendly||Poland||4–0||Republic of Ireland||Ostroda, Poland|
|17:00||Chudzik 55' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Stadion Miejski w Ostródzie|
Referee: Karolina Tokarska (Poland)
|20 January 2019 Friendly||Belgium||1–0||Republic of Ireland||Murcia, Spain|
|14:00||Dhont 16'||Report||Stadium: Pinatar Arena|
Referee: Zulema Gonzalez Gonzalez (Spain)
|28 February 2019 Friendly||Wales||0–0||Republic of Ireland||Marbella, Spain|
|16:00||Report||Stadium: Marbella Football Centre|
|5 March 2019 Friendly||Wales||0–1||Republic of Ireland||Marbella, Spain|
|13:00||Report||Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Marbella|
|9 April 2019 Friendly||Italy||2–1||Republic of Ireland||Reggio Emilia, Italy|
|18:30||Report||Stadium: Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore|
|3 August 2019 Friendly||United States||v||Republic of Ireland||Pasadena, United States|
|19:00 PT||Stadium: Rose Bowl|
|3 September 2019 EUROQ-GI||Republic of Ireland||v||Montenegro||Dublin, Republic of Ireland|
|17:00||Stadium: Tallaght Stadium|
|8 October 2019 EUROQ-GI||Republic of Ireland||v||Ukraine||Dublin, Republic of Ireland|
|Stadium: Tallaght Stadium|
|6 March 2020 EUROQ-GI||Republic of Ireland||v||Greece||Dublin, Republic of Ireland|
|Stadium: Tallaght Stadium|
|22 September 2020 EUROQ-GI||Republic of Ireland||v||Germany||Dublin, Republic of Ireland|
|Stadium: Tallaght Stadium|
Republic of Ireland women's national football team