The FAI is putting a major push behind getting a record crowd to Tallaght Stadium next month for the crucial visit of Ukraine in the Qualification campaign for Euro 2021 Championships to be held in England.
Newly appointed Head Coach Vera Pauw will take charge of the team for the first time on the evening of 8th October, with the home side looking to continue their 100 percent record after a 2-0 win over Montenegro earlier this month.
Germany have started strong in the group racking up a +18 goal difference in their first two games but there is a place at the finals for the three best runners up across the nine games and a playoff for the last three between the other six runners up.
On form, the battle for second could well lie between the Republic of Ireland and Ukraine making this home tie crucial.
As part of the 20×20 movement, the FAI are hoping to see a record attendance in Tallaght Stadium for an Ireland women’s senior team match.
In recent weeks both Camogie and Ladies Football have broken the respective records for their own attendances at Croke Park with 24,730 two weeks ago and 56,144 last Sunday.
The ambitions for Tallaght are more modest with a capacity of 8,000 but the increased visibility of the players, the raised profile of Women’s football after the World cup and the popularity at under age of the girls game, it should be a realistic target.
“Sport is having a watershed moment in Irish culture and the skill of our female teams and athletes is being seen more and more,” said Sarah Colgan, Founder of the 20×20 Movemevemnt and the Along Came a Spider Agency.
“20×20 is joining forces with the FAI to encourage a record attendance for the women’s senior team at Tallaght Stadium for Ireland v Ukraine”.
“The power of seeing crowds turn up and a stadium sell-out cannot be underestimated, and the signal it sends to our younger generations is also hugely important. We want to break a record on 8 October so that sports fans – men, women, girls and boys – can be part of this mega shift and we can make history together.”
“It’s always important to have the support behind you when you play for your country,” added Three’s 20×20 Ambassador and Ireland international Louise Quinn.
“That’s what Irish people are so good at. It doesn’t matter what sport it is, when you play for your country, it’s a proud moment, and to have as much support with you in Tallaght Stadium makes wearing that green jersey all the better.
Ireland women’s team partners Three and New Balance alongside sponsors Aviva, Boots and Nissan are all backing the “Let’s Make History” campaign, and are offering ticket deals to their customers ahead of the match.
RTÉ will also be televising the match live.
Tickets are now available to buy at www.fai.ie/tickets