Girls Emerging Talent

Girls Emerging Talent

Programmes Overview

League Academies;

The aim of the League Academies is to provide an pportunity at local level for the best players within a league to train together in a structured environment with licensed coaches under the criteria laid down by the FAI.

The League Centre provides the first step on the Elite Player Pathway with the best players then being selected to feature in teh Girls Centre of Excellenc.

There are currently 21 Leagues participating in this programme with over a 1,000 girls involved and they each enter players into the Gaynor Tournament.

The locations for the League Academies are spread around hte country and include Carlow, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Kilkenny, Limerick County, Limerick Desmond, Longford, MGL Dublin, Kerry, Kildare, Inishowen, Mayo, Mid-Western League, NESCSL, North Tipperary, South Tipperary, Sligo/Leitrim, Waterford, Wexford and Galway. 

Centres of Excellence

The aim of the FAI Girls Centre of Excellence is to raise the technical ability of players across all levels of the game through the provision of further training and lifestyle development at regional level, which will ultimately prepare them for the next level-International Football

The programme sets about providing young talented players with a clear pathway by giving them the opportunity to train and play with the best players and coaches in their local area, thus ensuring they are involved in a more challenging environment to train and develop.

The Girl's Centre of Excellence will take place from July - Sept for 12 weeks in eight Regional Centres around the country: Athlone, Cork, Donegal, Dublin (North & South), Limerick, Mayo and Wexford.

The Centres will cater for Under 12's, U14's 7 U16's and will be conducted by local FAI Football Development Officers. 

Gaynor Competition:

The Gaynor Competition is considered to be the premier tournament for underage girls football in Ireland. It takes place at teh impressive facilities in University of Limerick with the 2017 tournament scheduled for 22-25th June.  

The four days of copetitive action are split between two age groups - Under 14 & 16's - and involve teams representing the League Academies from around the country. 

Since the introduction of the Inter-League format in 2012, there has been a continual increase in the number of Leagues particiapting each year, which is testiment to the growth in girls football.  The standard of play has also risen in tandem with the participation numbers. 

As well as competing for their League Academies, the four days at the Gaynor Competition act as an opportunity for all players to showcase their talents in front of scouts from the eight regional Centres of Excellence and also the Republic of Ireland Under 15 Schools, U16 and U17 teams. 

In the past year alone, over 4,000 girls have played for their respective Leagues at Under 14 & 16's level with many going on to sign for Continental Tyres Women's National League clubs and represent ireland at various levels. 

For further information about either of our programmes, please contact David Connell

Womens Emerging Talent National Coordinator / U19s Head Coach

Tel: 087-1250476 / david.connell@fai.ie