Football For All international caps presented
The presentation of international caps to four of Ireland's Football for All International Teams took place this evening in South Dublin County Council this evening.
The presentations were made by former Republic of Ireland international Ray Houghton, FAI President Paddy McCaul and the Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Councillor Dermot Looney.
Among those receiving caps were members of the DSI (Deaf Sports Ireland) Men's 11-a-side Football team that beat Germany away in the Deaflympics play-off game in a thrilling game that went to penalties after ending 1-1 in normal time. This victory secured their place in the 2013 Deaflympics in Bulgaria.
Also honoured were the players from the Homeless World Cup Team which competed in the Homeless WC in Mexico City in 2012 finishing 16th out of 48 countries in an extremely competitive competition.
Another team honoured on the night was the Irish Football For All U-19 schools team who regained the home nations LD Championships from the hands of England in Scotland in 2012.
The final team presented with their caps were the Cerebral Palsy team who, although disappointed to miss out on the Paralympics in London, did secure a tournament victory in a triangular event in Spain.
The Football For All programme, in partnership with the respective Governing Bodies, provides opportunities for players with disabilities to access football at all levels with many having the opportunity to represent their country on a world stage. At the moment the programme has over 3,500 players participating at various levels from grassroots to international level.
Football For All U19 Schools Squad
Homeless World Cup Squad
Cerebral Palsy Squad