Men’s senior team manager Mick McCarthy was on hand with new Women’s team manager Vera Pauw to launch a rally of support alongside players, Aviva Staff and Aviva Soccer Sisters at the company’s headquarters on Hatch Street in Dublin.
The game will be Vera Pauw’s first in charge of the squad and a critical step on the way to securing a good enough position in the group alongside germany to gain automatic qualification for the Finals which will be staged in England.
As part of the 20×20 movement, the FAI and its partners including. Aviva, Three, Nissan and Boots are hoping to see a record attendance in Tallaght Stadium for an Ireland women’s senior team match.
“Sport brings everyone together, and we want to mobilise people to get behind our girls in green in Tallaght against Ukraine next Tuesday night,” said Michelle White, Chief Customer and Marketing Officer with Aviva Ireland.
“Our staff came together with Mick, Vera and the players today to stand together with the team, and we hope to have many more standing with us in Tallaght next week.”
“I know first-hand the power of seeing crowds turn up and a stadium sell out can have on players,” added McCarthy.
“It’s so important that sports fans come together, both men and women, boys and girls to show support for the team, particularly for Vera’s first game as manager. We can all make history together next week.”
The Republic of Ireland got off to a winning start in the group with victory over Montenegro.
The winners of each of the nine qualifying groups get automatic passage, as do the three runners up with the best record in their groups. The other six runners up go into a play off to secure the final three places alongside hosts England.
The finals taking place in England are expected to draw an aggregate attendance of 700,000 in two years time so the prize is massive.
The remaining Republic of Ireland home fixtures are against Ukraine on Tuesday, October 8th, Greece on Friday, March 6th and Germany next September 22nd. That is the last game in qualifying after away trips next April and June to Ukraine and Germany, making next week’s clash a critical one. A win and the team will be in especially good shape to take that important next step.
To find out more about the campaign, visit: www.aviva.ie/sponsorship or for tickets, visit www.fai.ie/tickets and follow #SafeToDream on Aviva Ireland social channels.