Why Get Involved

Why Get Involved

The FAI Women’s Department in conjunction with the FAI Grassroots and High-performance departments are responsible for developing women's & girl’s football in Ireland.
The department is led by Head of Women’s Football, Sue Ronan, with David Lenane the National Coordinator for Grassroots Football and Rachel Graham, the Women’s Football Administrator. In conjunction with the grassroots team of Development Officers, we promote and develop the game for females. As well as our team of mainstream Development Officers, women’s football have two designated DOs who work solely within the Dublin City Council area of Dublin. Pearl Slattery and Keith O’Halloran are tasked with increasing female participation within that area.

The number of females playing the game continues to increase every year and you could be part of this growing number! Our primary focus is to develop the female game at club and league level – for more information about our Grassroots Programmes please CLICK HERE.

Our High-Performance department is very much focussed on providing players, both girls and boys, with a pathway so they can be the best they can be. The Girls Emerging Talent Programme is headed up by Dave Connell, who works closely with our High Performance Director, Ruud Dokter – that programme provides our young elite talented players with an appropriate pathway all the way from club activity to our international squads.

So whether you're a beginner at primary school, a girl in her teens who has never played before, or maybe you just haven't played the game for a few years, there are opportunities suited to you, so check out the links below to see how you can get involved.

Football not only gives you the buzz of playing competitive sport, it's also 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 - indeed one of the reasons why soccer is enjoyed around the world is because the equipment needed is so basic.

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 a drop-in kick around email women@fai.ie for more information

Volunteers – clubs and leagues are continually looking for volunteers to assist with the day to day running of clubs and teams. For those who want to get involved in football socially or competitively, 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 or league will be much appreciated.