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Girls' and women's football

The Irish Football Association has launched a new strategy aimed at boosting the development of girls’ and women’s football in Northern Ireland.

The ‘Growing the Game - Maximising Impact’ strategic plan confirms the association’s commitment to continue investing heavily in girls’ and women’s football, growing the game from the grassroots up.  Find out more about our five-year strategy here.

The Irish Football Association has invested heavily in the development of girls' and women's football in the last ten years.

Our aim is to continue increasing the number of players participating in the game and to raise the profile of the women’s game.

The key activities of the department include the following areas:

Grassroots football

The Irish FA currently delivers over 20 programmes in partnership with local councils, Active Communities coaches, Primary Schools and local clubs.

Schools' football

The association has a network of 12 Let Them Play coaches who work to provide football to local schools.

Electric Ireland Super Schools' Festival

This has been an annual event since 2016 with almost 1,500 schoolgirls travelling to Mallusk Playing Fields in June last year to compete in 7 a-side competitions.

Super Schools' Festival – supported by Electric Ireland

This has been an annual event for the past two years, over 1000 school girl’s travel to Mallusk Playing Fields in June of each year to compete in a 7 aside competition.

Electric Ireland Schools' Cup competitions

Played as an eleven-a-side knockout competition, with the showpiece being played on Finals' Day, the Irish FA organise girls’ Junior Cup and Senior Cup competitions for local school teams. For information on how to enter your school team please contact: Jackie.blyth@irishfa.com

Domestic Football

Club football in Northern Ireland is divided into two separate areas, namely, junior and senior and is organised under the auspices of the Northern Ireland Football League (NIFL https://www.nifootballleague.com/womens-premiership/news)  and the Northern Ireland Women’s FA (www.niwfa.org).

The winners of the Premier League each year represent Northern Ireland in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Electric Ireland Women's Challenge Cup competition

The Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup competition has been held since 2005 with Glentoran Belfast United holding the most cup wins.

Further information can be found here  

Electric Ireland Girls' Excellence programme

The Electric Ireland Girls’ Excellence programme provides 160 girls aged 11 - 15 years of age with quality coaching on a county basis. These players are identified from a number of sources including schools' football, junior football and the NIWFA clubs. In total the players receive a minimum of 24 weeks of coaching coordinated by the National Women’s Coach and Irish FA staff.

International Football

At international level there are teams at senior, under 19, under 17 and under 15 (development squad) levels. Our seniors, WU19s and WU17s participate in international fixtures and competitions.

Senior team

Senior women's squad

Under 17 & Under 19 squads

U19 squad 

U17 squad 

Under 15 development squad

The under 15 development squad compete in the Bob Docherty tournament every year. The upcoming tournament will take place in April 2016 when the girls will travel to Wales.

For information about girls' or women's football please do not hesitate to contact: Gail.Redmond@irishfa.com

Staff profiles

Alfie Wylie

National Women’s coach


Gail Redmond

Women's Domestic Manager


Marissa Callaghan

Women's Football Ambassador