UEFA Nations League fixture dates confirmed

League B, Group Four

The dates for the four League B, Group Four UEFA Nations League fixtures have been confirmed. Ireland travel to Cardiff to face Wales on Thursday the 6th September 2018 before hosting a double header at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday the 13th October 2018 against Denmark and three days later against Wales on Tuesday the 16th October 2018. The final Group Four contest against Denmark in Copenhagen is on Monday the 19th November 2018. All four matches will kick-off at 7.45pm.

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Fixtures League B Group 4


UEFA Nations League draw – Lausanne on Wednesday…24/01/2018

The draw for the UEFA Nations League was made at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne this Wednesday morning and provided a sense of ‘deja vu’ as our last two opponents Denmark and Wales were drawn alongside us in our Group. The new competition has sparked much confused debate relating to structure with an underwhelming sense of anticipation surrounding the event. In the draw structure for the three team group, Ireland fell into the League B section covering the countries ranked from 13 to 24 in the UEFA standings. Ireland (ranked 19) were in Pot B and set to face one side from Pot A (Austria, Wales, Russia, Slovakia) and one from Group C (N Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Turkey) on a home and away basis. So now we know, Cardiff and Copenhagen, here we come again.

Full Details:


League A
League A

Group 1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group 2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group 3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group 4: Spain, England, Croatia

  • Four group winners play-off for the UEFA Nations League trophy in June 2019
  • Four sides that finish bottom of groups relegated to League B for 2020 edition
  • Top four-ranked League A teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 enter play-offs in March 2020, with one EURO finals place on offer


League B
League B

Group 1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
Group 2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey
Group 3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland
Group 4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark

  • Four group winners promoted to League A for 2020 edition
  • Four sides that finish bottom of groups relegated to League C for 2020 edition
  • Top four-ranked League B teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 enter play-offs in March 2020, with one EURO finals place on offer


League C
League C

Group 1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
Group 2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
Group 3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
Group 4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania

  • Four group winners promoted to League B for 2020 edition
  • Four sides that finish bottom of groups relegated to League D for 2020 edition
  • Top four-ranked League C teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 enter play-offs in March 2020, with one EURO finals place on offer


League D
League D

Group 1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra
Group 2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San Marino
Group 3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
Group 4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar

  • Four group winners promoted to League C for 2020 edition
  • Top four-ranked League C teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 enter play-offs in March 2020, with one EURO finals place on offer

Calendar (fixtures to be confirmed)
Matchday 1: 6–8 September 2018
Matchday 2: 9–11 September 2018
Matchday 3: 11–13 October 2018
Matchday 4: 14–16 October 2018
Matchday 5: 15–17 November 2018
Matchday 6: 18–20 November 2018
Finals draw: early December 2018
Finals: 5–9 June 2019
UEFA EURO 2020 play-off draw: 22 November 2019
UEFA EURO 2020 play-offs: 26–31 March 2020

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Irish World Article 22nd Jan 2018

MS No barrier for One of Ireland’s Most Dedicated Supporters

Irish World Article 22nd January 2018

Carmel Mackey (front and centre)
Carmel Mackey (front and centre)

The London branch of the Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporters Club (RISSC) will be fund raising for MS Ireland at its Quiz Night on Friday 26th January at the Clayton Crown Hotel in Cricklewood.

It’s a cause very close to the supporters club’s heart, as one of its long serving members, Carmel Mackey, has lived with multiple sclerosis for over 30 years.

But that hasn’t stopped her following the team and she still travels to home and away matches to cheers the lads on.

So much so, that Carmel’s commitment to the green jersey featured in the official match day programme for the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Moldova at the Aviva Stadium last year, as part of an on-going feature acknowledging the team’s most dedicated supporters. Carmel definitely qualifies.

She said in the article: “I’ve gone to games when I could walk, I’ve gone [to games] on two sticks and now I go in a wheelchair. I’ve had some great times and I’m relaxed and easy going anyway. I have fun and I enjoy the football.

“My attitude was, ‘well I don’t have a tumour, nobody died. And please God I would live long enough that I would survive’. I just accepted it and I was fortune enough I guess.

“I can stand up and take steps. I have fallen a few times, but you just get up and go. Now, because of my disability, I really choose where I can go more and more. I have had times where I arrive at stadiums and there’s nowhere to get in.”

From a GAA background in Tyrone, it was Carmel’s husband Sean who first got her into football and the supporters club, when he took her to a RISSC meeting.

Sean, who has roots in Limerick, has been involved with the supporters club since its formation in 1984. It currently has approximately 600 members.

Sean Mackey (founding member of RISSC London), Carmel, Roisin and her husband Sean Kennedy

The RISSC supports various charities as well as St Kevin’s Boys football club in Dublin, as an important part of its ‘contribution towards football in Ireland’ says Sean.

To complete the family’s involvement with the RISSC, Sean and Carmel’s daughter Roisin Kennedy (nee Mackey) is the club’s kit officer.

There will also be a raffle on the night, which gets underway at 7:30pm, with a signed Ireland shirt, a signed James McClean photo and a special VIP package (including flights, hotel and match tickets) amongst the prizes.

To find out more about the RISSC or to purchase raffle tickets online visit Online ticket sales end at midnight on Wednesday 24th January.

This article appeared in The Irish World 24th January 2018, and on

Catalogue of serious injury continues to grow…21/01/2018

The double leg break injury sustained by Everton midfielder James McCarthy yesterday will rule him out for the remainder of the season and very likely beyond. Robbie Brady is of course already ruled out indefinitely while fellow Burnley player Jon Walters underwent surgey this week which is likely to rule him out for about two months. Sean Maguire of Preston North End is of course another ruled out indefinitely through injury. On a more positive slant, Seamus Coleman has returned to full training with Everton while Alan Judge is back in action, tentatively at present, with Brentford.

Senior Women gain revenge for opening defeat…21/01/2018

Our Senior Women provided a much improved performance against hosts Portugal in the Azores this afternoon to secure a three one success. Goals from captain Katie McCabe, Leanne Kiernan and Loise Quinn put Ireland in total command with the hosts scoring a late consolation goal.

U19 Women lose to England in Portugal tournament…21/01/2018

Following their opening defeat by hosts Portugal our U19 Women met England at the Santo Antonio venue on Friday afternoon. Despite a much improved performance, against stronger opposition, our side went down to a three one defeat with Saoirse Noonan scoring our goal. A further contest, against hosts Portugal, is also scheduled for Santo Antonio at 2pm Irish time on Sunday afternoon.

Premier League action on Sunday afternoon…21/01/2018

Misfiring Southampton were without Shane Long for the Premier League visit of in-form Tottenham Hotspur to St Marys Stadium this Sunday afternoon, but seventeen year old striker Michael Obafemi made his Premier League debut with a substitute entry for the final fifteen minutes, as the sides played out a one all draw. Dublin born Obafemi is a member of Tom Mohan’s U19 Republic of Ireland squad. Obafemi has scored twelve goals at Youth Level for Southampton this season where his attack partner Jonathan Afolabi is another member of our U19 squad.

Saturday afternoon in the Premier League…20/01/2018

Shane Duffy and his Brighton & Hove Albion colleagues went down to a four nil Premier League defeat by visitors Chelsea at the Amex Stadium in the early kick-off this Saturday afternoon. Jeff Hendrick started with Kevin Long on the bench for Burnley who lost to the only goal from Manchester United to Turf Moor. James McCarthy started but was substituted on sixty minutes while James McClean was introduced from the bench on seventy nine minutes as Everton were held to a one all draw by visitors West Bromwich Albion. Irish U21 duo, Declan Rice and Josh Cullen were both on the substitute bench for West Ham United who were held to a one all draw by AFC Bournemouth at the London Stadium. The late kick-off saw Manchester City overcome visitors Newcastle United by three goals to one. Ciaran Clark started for the visitors with Rob Elliot on the substitute bench.