The atmosphere in Tallaght Stadium on Thursday evening promises to be truly memorable as over 2,000 kids will voice their support for the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team.
Vera Pauw’s team will take on Finland in their penultimate Group A qualifier, knowing that a victory will secure a Play-Off spot for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
A record crowd is expected for the game with all tickets snapped up within 30 minutes of going on sale, while a significant portion of tickets was set aside specifically for kids through a Clubs / Schools initiative.
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) August 30, 2022
The FAI created an online portal for Grassroots clubs and schools, from around the country, to apply for tickets to the game without having to compete with the public sale. A record number of requests were received and over 2,000 tickets were distributed to 91 clubs and schools.
Ireland WNT captain Katie McCabe is excited to play in front of what promises to be an excited crowd as she insists that the players will feed off that positive energy.
“It is fantastic to have the game against Finland sold out and knowing that so many kids will be there makes it even better because they help to create an atmosphere that will give us an extra edge,” said McCabe.
“We have had some truly amazing nights in Tallaght Stadium, which is our home, and we hope that this game trumps them all. We would appeal to everyone with a ticket to come out to support the team and for the fans who do come to make as much noise as possible.
“I can remember when I first went to see the Ireland team as a kid and being inspired to dream about becoming a professional player and pull on that green jersey. That is what we want for all of the kids, not just those who turn up to Tallaght Stadium but every kid around the country. We want them to dream big and to enjoy playing football.
“For the kids who do get to Tallaght Stadium on Thursday night, we have one message: Let’s get the place rocking!”
Ahead of Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Finland, we asked some of Ireland’s most decorated sportspeople, what fan support meant to them.
Let’s show our support and #OUTBELIEVE together as our Women’s National Team aim to reach their first ever World Cup.#COYGIG #IRLFIN pic.twitter.com/osQBnDy08S
— Sky Ireland (@SkyIreland) August 29, 2022