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Friday 29 Dec 2017
A look back at the Irish FA's work over the past 12 months

It has been a momentous year for the Irish FA, from hosting a European Championship to launching the Irish FA Foundation.

The year has seen work continuing across the association to help develop, promote and foster football for all in Northern Ireland.

The Irish FA Foundation, the association's new charity arm, was launched in June at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park with a hugely successful family fun day.

The best of Europe descended on Northern Ireland in August as the Irish FA hosted the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship. Spain won a thrilling final against France. They were 2-1 down in the closing stages but scored twice in the last five minutes to secure a 3-2 victory.

Northern Ireland made history during the tournament by scoring the country's first goal at a major women's finals. Louise McDaniel netted the historic goal in a 1-1 draw against Scotland. 

Also in the history books is our first international futsal team. They claimed their first win as they beat San Marino 1-0.

The year also saw the association acknowledge those who help football run in Northern Ireland at the McDonald's Community Awards gala, which was held at the Guildhall in Derry-Londonderry.

Other highlights in 2017 included the launch of the Irish FA's first Performance School, at Integrated College Dungannon, and Irish FA President David Martin handing over a €50,000 cheque from the UEFA Foundation for Children to Cancer Fund for Children, the association's official charity partner.

To look back on these highlights and more please watch the video above.