Michelle O'Neill to officiate at FIFA Women's World Cup
O'Neill is one of 48 Assistant Referees that will take her place in France, when the tournament runs from 7 June to 7 July.
A familiar face in the SSE Airtricity League and Continental Tyres Women's National League, O'Neill has also worked in continental and global competitions. Earlier this year she was an Assistant Referee for the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup Final between Japan and Spain in France.
Speaking after the announcement was made, FAI Chief Executive John Delaney said O'Neill had created history for Irish match officials.
“I was delighted to hear that Michelle O’Neill will be officiating in France next summer at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Having already worked as an Assistant Referee at the previous World Cup in Canada, we have always known of Michelle’s quality
“Michelle and Eddie Foley are the only two Irish officials to work at a FIFA World Cup, and she will make history by becoming our first official to work at two FIFA World Cups, when she arrives in France.
“Michelle has already proven herself on the international and domestic stage, by officiating at both men’s and women’s matches, including this year’s FIFA Women’s Under-20 World Cup Final. On behalf of the Association I would like to congratulate Michelle on being selected by FIFA and I wish her all the best in France next summer."
O'Neill is looking forward to returning to France, after experiencing last year's Under-20 Women's World Cup.
"It is an absolute honour and a privilege to represent my country and be selected to officiate at the FIFA Women's World Cup next year.
"Dreams do come true when you put your mind to it with Hard work, dedication, passion for the game and never give up on reaching your goals.
"The next six months will involve more preparations to be ready for the most important and biggest event for women's football in the world. I am super excited and looking forward to working with my colleagues from all around the world. "