A history of Ireland's involvement in U17 EUROs


A history of Ireland's involvement in U17 EUROs

As the Republic of Ireland prepare to discover their opponents in the 2019 UEFA European Under-17 Championships, here is a look back at the team's experiences in this tournament.
2nd Apr 2019

Originally, the tournament was graded at Under-16 level when it first started in 1982. Ireland did not take part until 1988 - the same year that the men's senior team qualified for their first ever major tournament.

In 1994, Ireland hosted the tournament with Turkey narrowly beating Denmark in the final in the RDS, and two years later they reached the quarter-finals only to be knocked out by France via a penalty shoot-out.

Ireland went all the way in 1998, under Head Coach Brian Kerr, as they overcame Finland, Spain, Denmark, Portugal, and Italy when the tournament was hosted in Scotland.

It was then re-graded to Under-17 level in 2002 and Ireland have reached three tournaments to date - one under the guidance of Tom Mohan in 2015, and two under Colin O'Brien in 2017 and 2018.

O'Brien led his team to the quarter-finals in both tournament appearances and he is now presented with an opportunity of bettering that result as Ireland qualify automatically as host nation for the 2019 staging of the games.

Republic of Ireland's Record
Appearances: 10
Best Finish: Champions (1998)
Best Result: Republic of Ireland 8-0 Liechtenstein, 19 October 2011

UEFA Under-16 Championships
1988: Group Stage
1992: Group Stage
1993: Group Stage
1994: Group Stage
1996: Quarter-finals
1998: Champions
2000: Group Stage

UEFA Under-17 Championships
2008: Group Stage
2015: Group Stage
2017: Quarter-finals
2018: Quarter-finals