Northern Ireland women's national football team


Northern Ireland
Nickname(s)Green and White Army
AssociationIrish Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachKenny Shiels
CaptainMarissa Callaghan
Most capsJulie Nelson (115)
FIFA codeNIR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 48 (25 June 2021)[1]
Highest48 (April 2021)
Lowest83 (December 2004)
First international
 Republic of Ireland 4–1 Northern Ireland 
(Dublin, Republic of Ireland; 30 June 1973)
Biggest win
 Northern Ireland 8–0 Taiwan 
(Umag, Croatia; 3 March 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Scotland 11–1 Northern Ireland 
(Clydebank, Scotland, 23 November 1974)
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2022)
Best resultTBC

The Northern Ireland women's national football team represents Northern Ireland in international women's football. Although most national football teams represent a sovereign state, as a member of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, Northern Ireland is permitted by FIFA statutes to maintain its own national side that competes in all major tournaments, with the exception of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament. The team have yet to compete in a major tournament but have qualified for the European Championships in England in 2022.

Team image


Nicknames

The Northern Ireland women's national football team has been known or nicknamed as the "Green and White Army".

Results and fixtures


  • The following is a list of matches in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Legend

  Win   Draw   Lose   Fixture

2020

27 October UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying Belarus  0–1  Northern Ireland Dinamo Stadium, Minsk
18:00 19:00 (FET) Report
Referee: Zulema González González (Spain)
27 November UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying Northern Ireland  3–2  Belarus Seaview, Belfast
Report
Referee: Silvia Domingos (Portugal)
1 December UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying Northern Ireland  5–1  Faroe Islands Seaview, Belfast
Report
  • Tórolvsdóttir  4'
Referee: Hristiyana Guteva (Bulgaria)

2021

23 February Friendly England  6–0  Northern Ireland Burton upon Trent, England
12:30
Report Stadium: St George's Park
Attendance: Behind-closed-doors

Players


  • Caps and goals may be incorrect.

Current squad

  • Caps and goal correct as of 23 February 2021, before the match against England.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jacqueline Burns (1997-03-06) 6 March 1997 (age 24) 14 0 Glentoran
1GK Becky Flaherty (1998-03-06) 6 March 1998 (age 23) 4 0 Sheffield United

2DF Kelsie Burrows (2001-02-22) 22 February 2001 (age 20) 1 0 Linfield
2DF Toni Leigh Finnegan (2002-10-16) 16 October 2002 (age 18) 6 0 Cliftonville
2DF Rebecca Holloway (1995-08-25) 25 August 1995 (age 25) 3 0 Birmingham City
2DF Ashley Hutton (1987-11-02) 2 November 1987 (age 33) 106 8 Linfield
2DF Emma McMaster (1999-03-09) 9 March 1999 (age 22) 6 0 Glentoran
2DF Julie Nelson (1985-06-04) 4 June 1985 (age 36) 109 7 Crusaders Strikers
2DF Laura Rafferty (1996-04-29) 29 April 1996 (age 25) 24 0 Bristol City

3MF Nadene Caldwell (1991-01-24) 24 January 1991 (age 30) 33 0 Glentoran
3MF Marissa Callaghan (1985-09-02) 2 September 1985 (age 35) 47 6 Cliftonville
3MF Rachel Furness (1988-06-19) 19 June 1988 (age 33) 61 17 Liverpool
3MF Samantha Kelly (1997-08-01) 1 August 1997 (age 23) 5 0 Glentoran
3MF Chloe McCarron (1997-12-22) 22 December 1997 (age 23) 11 1 Unattached
3MF Louise McDaniel (2000-05-24) 24 May 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Unattached
3MF Rebecca McKenna (2001-04-13) 13 April 2001 (age 20) 8 0 Linfield
3MF Sarah Robson (1987-05-23) 23 May 1987 (age 34) 60 4 Durham
3MF Ciara Watling (1992-08-18) 18 August 1992 (age 28) 0 0 Charlton Athletic

4FW Kerry Beattie (2002-09-27) 27 September 2002 (age 18) 0 0 Glentoran
4FW Simone Magill (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 26) 56 13 Everton
4FW Danielle Maxwell (2002-04-09) 9 April 2002 (age 19) 3 0 Glentoran
4FW Kirsty McGuinness (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 26) 26 5 Sion Swifts
4FW Emily Wilson (2001-08-26) 26 August 2001 (age 19) 2 0 Crusaders Strikers

Recent call-ups

  • The following players have been named to a squad in the past 12 months.
  • This list may be incomplete.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Maddy Harvey-Clifford (2002-05-08) 8 May 2002 (age 19) 0 0 Crusaders Strikers v.  England on 23 February 2021
GK Lauren Perry (2001-04-05) 5 April 2001 (age 20) 6 0 Forfar Farmington v.  Faroe Islands on 18 September 2020

DF Ella Haughey (2004-07-15) 15 July 2004 (age 17) 0 0 Lisburn Rangers v.  England on 23 February 2021
DF Abbie Magee (2000-11-15) 15 November 2000 (age 20) 2 0 Linfield v.  England on 23 February 2021
DF Rachel Newborough (1996-11-19) 19 November 1996 (age 24) 18 0 Charlton Athletic v.  Faroe Islands on 18 September 2020
DF Demi Vance (1991-05-02) 2 May 1991 (age 30) 53 1 Rangers v.  Faroe Islands on 18 September 2020

MF Caragh Milligan (1996-10-18) 18 October 1996 (age 24) 15 2 Glentoran v.  Faroe Islands on 18 September 2020

FW Casey Howe (2002-09-02) 2 September 2002 (age 18) 2 0 Linfield v.  England on 23 February 2021
FW Lauren Wade (1993-11-22) 22 November 1993 (age 27) 21 2 Glentoran v.  England on 23 February 2021
FW Joely Andrews (2002-04-30) 30 April 2002 (age 19) 1 0 Glentoran v.  Faroe Islands on 18 September 2020
FW Caitlin McGuinness (2002-08-30) 30 August 2002 (age 18) 5 0 Sion Swifts v.  Faroe Islands on 18 September 2020

Records


Northern Ireland's Simone Magill holds the world record for the fastest international goal in women's football. Previously, US forward Alex Morgan had held the record at twelve seconds. Magill achieved an eleven-second goal against Georgia at the start of a European Qualifying match on 3 June 2016, after chasing down the ball and then receiving a cross from a teammate. The Irish Football Association awarded her with a special trophy. The goal also marks the fastest ever international goal by any national Northern Irish team – male or female.[3]

Competitive record


FIFA Women's World Cup

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
1991Did Not Qualify-------
1995Did Not Enter-------
1999Did Not Enter-------
2003Did Not Enter-------
2007Did Not Qualify-------
2011Did Not Qualify-------
2015Did Not Qualify-------
2019Did Not Qualify-------
2023To Be Determined-------
Total0/9-------
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA Women's Championship

UEFA Women's Championship record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1984Did not qualify-------
1987Did not qualify-------
1989Did not enter-------
1991Did not qualify-------
1993Did not enter-------
1995Did not enter-------
1997Did not enter-------
2001Did not enter-------
2005Did not enter-------
2009Did not qualify-------
2013Did not qualify-------
2017Did not qualify-------
2022Qualified-------
Total1/13-------

References