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Wednesday 08 Feb 2023
Women’s international teams gearing up for busy spring

Northern Ireland’s international women’s teams are facing a busy spring schedule this year.

Although there are no plans for the senior women’s team to undertake activity during the February international window, planning is well under way for training camps in both April and July. The camps will include international friendly fixtures.

The draw for UEFA’s new Nations League for senior women’s teams is due to be held on 2 May. It will determine the international match schedule for Northern Ireland Women for September onwards.

Meanwhile, the Women’s U16s will be playing in a UEFA development tournament in Bulgaria next month. The WU16 development team are set to face Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Montenegro.

The WU17s have two second round WU17 Euro 2023 qualifiers in March. They are off to Turkey where they will be taking on Turkey and Armenia in Group B5.

In April the WU19s are scheduled to play three internationals at home. Northern Ireland is hosting round two matches in WU19 Euro 2023. Latvia, Cyprus and Kosovo will be Northern Ireland’s opponents in Group B3.

Also in April the WU15 development team are off to Scotland to compete in the annual Bob Docherty Cup tournament along with England, Scotland and Republic of Ireland.

Ahead of their Euro qualifiers the WU17s will be taking part in a training camp next week (12-15 February), while the WU19s have a training camp from 15-19 February.

Angela Platt, Director of Women’s Football at the Irish FA, said she welcomed such a busy schedule for Northern Ireland’s girls’ and women’s international teams.

She pointed out: “It’s really great to see so many of our girls’ and women’s international programmes getting under way again. 

“I welcome the many opportunities for our players to be involved in ongoing development through international camps and competitions, a key area of focus as we ensure we develop our girls’ and women’s elite pathway programmes.”

Image: Northern Ireland's WU17s in action against Austria back in October.