Why Get Involved

Why Get Involved

The FAI's Grassroots and High performance departments are responsible for developing women's / girls football in Ireland.  

FAI National Coordinator Women's Football Emma Martin and Women’s Football Administrator Clare Conlon work as part of the Grassroots Unit and in conjunction with our team of development officers to promote and encourage the development of the game for females. There are over 22,000 girls and women currently playing soccer in Ireland at various different levels - and this number is increasing every year. You could be part of this growing number!  The primary focus of the Grassroots unit is to develop female game at club and league level. CLICK HERE to apply for information about our grassroots programmes.

Our Women’s Department is headed up by Head of Women's Football, Sue Ronan and working closely with Women’s U19 Manager / Emerging Talent Coordinator Dave Connell, in conjunction with development officers.   Their focus is to provide players with the pathway to play to a players full potential, all the way from Club – International.

So whether you're a beginner at Primary School or in your teens and have never played before, or maybe you're in your 20s and haven't played for a few years, there are opportunities for you - check out the links below to see how you can get involved. The rules are simple, the game is fun and how good a player you could be will depend on how much you practice. But remember, one session with a qualified coach will put you on the right track!

Soccer not only gives you the buzz of playing competitive sport, but it's a great chance to make new friends and a fun way of keeping fit as part of a healthy lifestyle. It's also cheap to get involved and indeed one of the reasons why soccer is enjoyed around the world is because the equipment needed is so basic - all you will need are football boots, shin-pads and a few euros - now go play.....

How you can get involved?

Players – as the female game continues to rapidly grow, new clubs and leagues have been established all over the country.  So whether you’re looking for competitive structure or drop-in kick around email women@fai.ie

Volunteers – clubs and leagues are continually looking for volunteers to assist with day to day running of clubs and teams.  For those who want to get involved in competitive football competitively or socially, there are clubs and leagues in your local area who are calling out for more players, coaches, referees and administrators.  Email women@fai.ie to find out where you can get involved.   Any amount of time you can give to a club/league will be much appreciated.

Schoolboy Clubs – if you’re looking to introduce girls playing in your club, then FAI Soccer Sisters programme is a great tool to get them started, as well as attracting new members and volunteers to the club.

To get involved with your local club or league; email women@fai.ie

Effective Volunteers play an essential and pivotal role in successful clubs and leagues. The FAI has a solid body of hard working, diligent, conscientious administrators working at all levels. The majority of these people are voluntary. Many spend an inordinate amount of time executing their duties with little by way of support, or appreciation for their efforts. As a result, it is becoming increasingly difficult to attract and retain volunteers for our clubs and leagues.

The aim of the FAI’s Volunteer Education programme is to implement education programs to support and guide volunteers in their work and commitment to our Clubs and Leagues.

Every year the FAI organises more than forty volunteer education courses which cover areas such as volunteer management, fundraising fundamentals and groundskeeping.

At a wider level we have undertaken research into volunteerism in Ireland – we have consulted the White Paper on Supporting Voluntary Activity (2000), the report of the National Committee on Volunteering, Tipping the Balance (Oct 2002), the European Volunteer Centre’s Report Voluntary Action in Ireland Facts and Figures (April 2004) and the Joint Oireachtas Committee’s Volunteers and Volunteering in Ireland (Jan 2005).