WNT Head Coach Colin Bell to lead Team Ireland
Since taking charge of the national team in February 2017, Bell has led the team to three victories in his first five games. Ireland reached the 3rd/4th-placed match in the Cyprus Cup for the first time ever and claimed a 1-0 victory over Slovakia in Monday's friendly match at Tallaght Stadium.
With a strong Continental Tyres Women’s National League representation in Colleges and Universities football, Bell will have the opportunity to test players in competitive tournament football against some of the best young players in the world.
FAI National Co-ordinator for Schools and Third Level Football Mark Scanlon expressed his delight that the WNT Head Coach will take charge of the team.
Scanlon said: “To have someone of the calibre of Colin involved is a fantastic endorsement for the work we do at Third Level.
"With his level of experience in the game and current role with the seniors, it will be a massive incentive for the players to first of all represent their country on the world stage and to work closely with Colin and make a case for a senior call-up in the future.”
Republic of Ireland WNT Head Coach Colin Bell said: "I'm delighted to take on the role of Head Coach for Team Ireland at this summer's World University Games.
"The Universiade is a prestigious tournament which has seen many of the world's best female footballers compete at and I'm looking forward to seeing how our young players will fair against the world at this level.
"There is plenty of representation in the Colleges and Universities sides at Women's National League level and it will give me the chance to work closely with the players as I continue to look to expand the pool of players available for the Women's National Team."
The news follows the appointment of current Men's Colleges and Universities Head Coach Greg Yelverton to the Head Coach role of the Men’s Team in February.
It was confirmed this week that Yelverton’s backroom team of Luke Hardy (IT Carlow), David Bourke (Maynooth University) and Paul Walsh (Griffith College) with the national team will be part of the setup for the Games in Taipei.