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2017-2018 Ireland women's football
« on: February 11, 2017, 08:34:10 AM »
Ireland's senior national team has a new coach, Colin Bell:

http://www.womenssoccerunited.com/colin-bell-announced-as-republic-of-ireland-wnt-head-coach/

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Bell will begin the new role on Monday, February 13 and fills the vacancy left by Sue Ronan who stepped down after six years. The English native, who has been in Germany since 1982, is due to depart SC Sand in the Frauen Bundesliga shortly, and is excited to get started.

Following a playing career with FSV Mainz 05, Bell moved into coaching where he has worked in both the men’s and women’s game over the last three decades, learning from the likes of current Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp and enjoying a lot of success. In 2015, Bell guided FFC Frankfurt to glory in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.


Bell at FFC Frankfurt in 2015 (pic: Michael Frey)

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Re: 2017-2018 Ireland women's football
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2017, 08:08:18 AM »
Ireland at the Cyprus Cup:

- www.womensfootball.eu/forum/index.php/topic,8304.0.html

A great final placing, ending up in a 3rd/4th playoff with North Korea...

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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2017, 07:55:36 AM »
Ireland at the Cyprus Cup:

- www.womensfootball.eu/forum/index.php/topic,8304.0.html

A great final placing, ending up in a 3rd/4th playoff with North Korea...


On the other hand, there was more worrying news - the captain Emma Byrne has talked about the lack of financial support, even for international players. After New Zealand's own captain Abby Erceg retired for the exact same reason, it's a familiar story:

https://www.fifpro.org/news/irish-women-falling-behind/en/

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"We get no reimbursements, so players either have to take holiday pay, holiday leave, leave without pay” to join up with the national team, Byrne said. “For players who have mortgages, bills and general expenses it's really difficult for them."

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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2017, 09:18:38 AM »
Ireland on strike! ... ?  possibly? ???

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The Professional Footballers' Association Of Ireland solicitor accompanied women's team members at Tuesday's news conference.

"There is a possibility that the game against Slovakia [on Monday] will not go ahead. The last thing the women's international team want is to not play a game," added the PFAI official.



It's been building for a few weeks:


On the other hand, there was more worrying news - the captain Emma Byrne has talked about the lack of financial support, even for international players. After New Zealand's own captain Abby Erceg retired for the exact same reason, it's a familiar story:

https://www.fifpro.org/news/irish-women-falling-behind/en/

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"We get no reimbursements, so players either have to take holiday pay, holiday leave, leave without pay” to join up with the national team, Byrne said. “For players who have mortgages, bills and general expenses it's really difficult for them."

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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2017, 07:49:15 PM »
Ireland on strike! ... ?  possibly? ???

"There is a possibility that the game against Slovakia [on Monday] will not go ahead. The last thing the women's international team want is to not play a game," added the PFAI official.

They've come to an agreement... and just looking at the terms, you can imagine how bad it had been before.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39502054

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Re: 2017-2018 Ireland women's football
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2017, 06:11:06 AM »
The Slovakia game did go ahead last Monday, and Ireland recorded a 1-0 win at Tallaght Stadium in South Dublin:

Highlights: https://twitter.com/FAIreland/status/851499668588683264
Report: http://www.fai.ie/ireland/match/55501/2017/999943444?tab=report

In other news, national coach Colin Bell will also lead the Irish women's team at the World University Games in Taiwan in the summer.

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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2017, 09:35:43 PM »
An interview with Wexford's manager, Laura Heffernan:

- http://www.sportswomen.ie/heffernan-hopes-international-recognition-ahead-shelbourne-test/

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Heffernan returned to the club in the off-season as manager having previously held an assistant manager’s role at Ferrycarrig Park.

With the teams across the Continental Tyre’s Womens National League getting stronger, Heffernan is delighted to be back at the club and has praised the standard of the league this campaign.

She continued: “It’s great for me to be back. I’m really enjoying it and working with the players has been great as they’ve got a fantastic attitude.

“This season was always going to be about getting back on track and I haven’t really had to do much in terms of that because of the players’ mentality. They just constantly want to achieve."

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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2017, 08:26:39 AM »
At the European U17 championship, Ireland improved from defeats against England and Norway, to pick up a point against the group winners, the Netherlands:

- http://www.the42.ie/irelands-youngsters-bow-out-of-european-championships-with-creditable-draw-3379520-May2017/

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Holland’s youngsters by no means had it all their own way, however. Amid heavy rain at the Domazlice Stadium in the Czech Republic, 14-year old Shelbourne Ladies starlet Jessica Ziu saw her shot go narrowly wide in the 23rd minute, as Ireland threatened to take a surprise lead.