Football for All programme
Killarney Celtic and FAI launch Football for All programme
The newly launched Football for All programme works with clubs to help them become more inclusive and provide children with special needs the opportunity to play soccer at their local club. Football For All teams in a network of clubs nationwide will embrace diversity and promote the true meaning of 'Football For All'.
Training is every Monday from 5pm - 6pm on the Killarney Celtic FC Astroturf pitch, Celtic Park, Killarney bypass. For details please contact Noel Brosnan 087- 2340 981
Daly gets UEFA European Women's Championship Finals appointment
FAI Elite referee Rhona Daly has been appointed by UEFA as a Fourth Official for the 2013 European Women's Championship Final tournament in Sweden from July 10 to 28. Daly is one of three Fourth Officials appointed and is part of a 25 strong refereeing team that also includes nine referees and 12 assistant referees.
It is the latest high profile appointment for Daly who has been an international referee since 2007 having previously been an international assistant referee since 2004. In the past she has officiated at the 2008 European Women's U17 Championship Finals and both 2004 and 2010 European Women's U19 Championship Finals. She took charge of the 2010 final between France and England.
FAI joins forces
The FAI has announced a partnership with WorldIrish.com that will enable it to map supporters around the globe. With so many Irish people emigrating in recent years, the FAI is calling on Irish football supporters everywhere to go to WorldIrish.com/fai and map themselves. As well as putting themselves on a special FAI map, supporters who map themselves on worldIrish.com/fai will be able to keep up with stories and events from the FAI, as well as finding other supporters all over the world whether they are in Buenos Aires or Brisbane.
"We are very happy to announce this partnership with WorldIrish which is an excellent way for supporters to connect with each other and stay in touch with all of the latest news on Irish football wherever they are in the world," said John Delaney, Chief Executive of the FAI.
WorldIrish, a free website which currently has 50,000 registered members, is aiming to help Ireland to become the first country in the world to map its diaspora. The brainchild of John McColgan, one of the founders of worldwide phenomenon Riverdance, he came up with the idea for WorldIrish when he imagined the potential power of a welcoming digital space for the diaspora.
Unbeaten week on the
The three Ireland international teams in action last week (Senior, U21s and U19s), the Seniors beating Poland 2-0 in front of 43,000 at the Aviva, the U-21s had a magnificent 3-0 win over Holland while the U-19s won and drew against the Czech Republic in two friendlies played during the week.
The atmosphere in the Aviva Stadium for the Poland game was unbelievable with the Poles turning out in force to welcome their national team to the country. Goals from Ciaran Clarke and Wes Hoolahan secured the win in a performance that got better as the game went on.
It looks like David Forde (Millwall) will start the matches against Sweden and Austria next month and while his handling was good, his distribution at times was disappointing. O'Shea and Clarke looked solid at the back and I was delighted to see Greg Cunningham put in a solid stint at left back as I have rated him highly for the past few years.
Anthony Forde ex Ballingarry and Kingdom Boys capped a great week for him personally when he set up two and scored the third in the U21s great win over Holland, Forde has also been named as the Ireland U19 Player of the Year.
The U-21s had beaten Italy in their previous fixture and meet Portugal in another home friendly on March 25 while their opening competitive game in the next UEFA Championships qualifying tournament is away to the Faroe Islands on August 14.