Irish Football Association

The Irish Football Association is the governing body and custodians of football within Northern Ireland. It was founded in 1880 and is the fourth oldest Football Associations in the world.

The Association’s main aims are to ‘promote, foster and develop football for all in Northern Ireland’ under three strands – International, Domestic and Grassroots. The Irish FA has 900+ adult teams, 1150+ boys’ teams, 300+ school teams, 30+ disability teams and 50+ women’s teams. Our work includes the development of both men’s and women’s football at the most senior level, club licensing & facilities development, player registration, club & volunteer development, grassroots football, disability football, schools football, excellence, coach education, child protection, community relations and the National Stadium.

 

UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship 2017

Northern Ireland will play host to the 2017 finals of the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship.

Eight national teams, including Northern Ireland as hosts, will participate in the prestigious 16-day tournament at venues across the country. The Irish Football Association believes that hosting a major youth finals tournament such as the Women's Under-19 Championship will showcase ‘Northern Ireland At Its Best’ – including our football, our facilities, our culture, our history, our fans, our tradition of hosting major tournaments and our unconditional love of the game.

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Disability Football 

The IFA's aim is to ensure that all disabled people have the opportunity to take part in football activities and are able to fulfil their potential in the area of their choice.

Disability Football Development Strategy Objectives:

  1. To raise the profile and awareness of Disability Football in Northern Ireland
  2. To increase the number of disabled performers participating in football activities
  3. To improve the quality of training available to disabled performers
  4. To establish and develop new and existing competition structures
  5. To continue the development of performance pathways and opportunities for elite performers to excel

What we do

Create coaching, competitive and representative opportunities for people with disabilities to get involved Work with special schools, adult centres, health trusts and disability organisations. Formed strategic partnerships with many sporting, governmental, educational, healthcare and charitable bodies to create structured opportunities that are sustainable. We are very much part of the 'Football For All' strategy.

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