Are you ready for our Women in Sport Soccer Challenge?! Answer these 2 questions:
1) Name 3 of the members of the Euro 2012 Men's Soccer Team
2) Name 3 of the members of the Women's Senior Soccer Team?
We're betting you were able to answer 1) but not 2)? We have teamed up with the Football Association of Ireland to bring you some info on the senior Women's team and some of their key players to get to know the Women's team a bit better! And enter our giveaway to win tickets to their two upcoming Euro 2013 qualifying matches taking place in Cork in June.
The Republic of Ireland Senior International Team
The Republic of Ireland senior international women’s team are currently ranked at number 30 in the world. The girls are currently attempting to qualify for the 2013 UEFA European Championships which are being held in Sweden. The team are currently lying third in group 4. Sue Ronan is the current manager of the team having taken over from Noel King in October, 2010. Ronan herself was a senior international player with the Irish team and came through the ranks to take over as manager of the senior team.
Upcoming Women's Team Fixtures
Friendly International: Switzerland v Republic of Ireland on 26th May 2012 in Switzerland
Euro 2013 qualifiers:
- Republic of Ireland v Wales on 16th June 2012 in Cork
- Republic of Ireland v Scotland on 21st June 2012 in Cork
- France v Republic of Ireland on 15th September 2012 in France
- Israel v Republic of Ireland on 19th September 2012 in Israel
Meet some of the Players
Goalkeeper – Arsenal
Previous Club(s) St Patricks(Ire), Fortuna Hjorring(Den)
Joined Arsenal August 01, 2000
Emma has represented her country at every age group and is currently the Republic of Ireland's number one ‘keeper with over 80 senior caps in 16 years. Now in her 11th season with Arsenal Ladies, Emma has made a total of 347 appearances for the Gunners.
Defender – Arsenal
Previous Club(s) Salthill Devon(Ire)
Joined Arsenal July 28, 2008
Niamh is a versatile, strong and committed player who can play either in defence or in midfield. In her 39 appearances for Arsenal Ladies last term, she impressed with her skills while in possession and showed just why she's a key part of the Republic of Ireland senior team.
Senior Caps: 11; Goals: 3
Also played at U17 and U19 level
Made her senior debut in 2008 coming on as a sub in irelands euro 2009 championships play-off 2nd leg v Iceland
Scored on her full debut v Kazakhstan away and also scoring a crucial late winner against them at home
Hear what some of the Team Members have to say
(P.S. Niamh Fahey won the award!)
Soccer Fun During May 2012
UEFA Grassroots Day takes place on May 16th with lots of local activities on the day around the country:
- 4v4 “Road to Poland” community event in Skerries
- Ballyfermot Football Tournament to be held in DCC Sports Centre from 10am to 3pm.
- South Leinster 5a-side schools final in Wexford
- Munster Primary schools 5 a side finals day in Tralee
- Girls U-10 blitz will be taking place in Gortakeegan (Monaghan Utd grounds) on 16th from 6:30pm – 9:30pm and is open to all U-10 girls. The aim is to get all clubs to enter a team, thus giving clubs an opportunity to get a girls team within their structures, if they don’t already have one.
- In Laois there will be events taking place from 11am to 12pm in Portarlington for Soccer Tods and 4pm to 6pm there will be two “Road to Poland” blitzes in Ballylinan and Portlaoise
Also on May 16th is the Schools 5 a side Regional Finals – Connaught and Munster
Other soccer for schools events later this month
- "Football For All" Camps in St. Josephs School for the Deaf, Dublin 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th May3 mini school and clubs blitzes with all Leitrim clubs u10's on Sunday 20th May and with 3 schools one of which will take place on the 16th targeting 3rd and 4th classes.
- May 23rd is the Schools 5 a side Regional Finals 23rd – Leinster and Ulster
- Schools International Matches 25th, 26th, 27th May
Related Articles: Football – The Beautiful Game
Useful Links: www.faischools.ie
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