WNT Head Coach Colin Bell signs contract extension
The Women's National Team has enjoyed unprecedented success since Colin Bell's appointment in February 2017 with Ireland currently second in their FIFA 2019 World Cup qualification group.
Wins over Northern Ireland and Slovakia were followed up with an impressive 0-0 draw at the home of the European Champions, the Netherlands, with home games against Slovakia and the Netherlands in April at Tallaght Stadium.
Since Colin Bell took charge of the WNT last year, Ireland have only lost three out of the 12 games and have recorded impressive friendly victories over Portugal, Wales, Iceland and Czech Republic.
Republic of Ireland Women's National Team Head Coach Colin Bell said: "I'm absolutely delighted to extend my contract with the Football Association of Ireland as the Head Coach of the Republic of Ireland Women's National Team.
"It is a source of immense pride for me and my family to be the Head Coach of the national team, and I'm incredibly proud of the progress the team has made over the last 11 months.
"The players are fantastic to work with as they continually put in maximum effort to ensure their own personal progression and the progress of the national team. We've achieved some fantastic results so far, none more so than the draw against the European Champions, the Netherlands, in November.
"That result proves that this team can achieve at the highest level of international football and hopefully our progress over the next few years will lead to our first-ever appearance at a major tournament.
"Furthermore, in my role as Head Coach of the Women's Under-17s side, I've been incredibly impressed and excited by the amount of talent in Ireland. We've recently seen the likes of Tyler Toland, Amy Boyle-Carr, Zara Foley and Eabha O'Mahony receive call-ups to the senior squad and that shows my commitment to progressing the talent we have in this country.
"I'm extremely excited about the future for the Women's National Team and I'd like to thank all of the players, staff and the FAI for their support during my time in Ireland so far."