Women’s Football Conference proves hugely popular

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Women’s Football Conference proves hugely popular

Republic of Ireland Women's National Team Head Coach Colin Bell presented his vision for the future of women's football in Ireland at the first ever FAI Women's Football Coaches Conference.
10th Feb 2018

The WNT Head Coach, who recently signed an extension to his contract until 2021, presented a theory and practical session on the training pitch at the FAI National Training Centre to coaches from the Continental Tyres Women's National League and underage set-up.

FAI High Performance Director Ruud Dokter, FAI Head of Women's Football Sue Ronan and FAI Head of Fitness Dan Horan also presented on a range of topics, including the recent success at the UEFA European Championships, periodisation and coaching techniques. 

The Conference was designed to bring together coaches from across the country in women's football to share ideas, help improve the standard of coaching in the country and inform about the progress of the game in Ireland. 

The Women's National Team have enjoyed a fantastic 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign so far with wins over Northern Ireland and Slovakia, and an impressive draw against current European champions Netherlands. 

The 2018 Continental Tyres Women's National League season is set to start in March with newcomers Limerick set to make the competition an eight-team league.

"The Conference was a great opportunity for all coaches in women's football to come together and learn from each other,” said Bell.

"As I know having worked in club football in Germany, the club coaches are the most important people in regards to the development of our footballers. If we can work together to increase the standard of coaching in the Women's National League and at grassroots level, I'm sure it will have a positive impact for the future of the women's game in Ireland."

Ronan said: "There has been so much progress made in the women's game over recent years but it's important we continue to strive for more progress.

"We've got great coaches in this country and I think to bring all of them together ahead of the new Women's National League season is a real positive. The coaches are the foundation of the game and we need to make sure we're supporting and helping our coaches as much as possible."