Vera Pauw Extends Ireland Women’s Team Stay

Vera Pauw will remain in charge of Ireland’s senior women’s team for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification bid.

The Dutch woman has signed a contract extenstion with the FAI for another two years, having been appointed in September 2019.

“I’m excited to continue in my role with the Republic of Ireland team and with the FAI” explained Pauw.

“We made huge strides in our last campaign and there is no reason why we cannot build on that with the core of players that we currently have and more young players coming through,” Pauw added.

“Since first coming into the role, I have enjoyed tremendous support from everyone at the FAI to help the growth of the game. And the guidance of High Performance Director Ruud Dokter has been central to that”.

“The support network of the staff has also been hugely influential in everything we have achieved so far. Both Eileen Gleeson and Jan Willem van Ede have been so important in helping us prepare for every training session, every game and everything we do in creating the best possible environment for the players” added Pauw.

“It is the same with our backroom staff, from medical, performance analysis, operations, through to media, we work together as a team to help the team. I cannot speak highly enough of their commitment and passion for helping us to improve every day”.

“Also, the support of the Irish fans has been extremely heart-warming. We got to see how they can have a positive impact the team when we had such a large crowd in Tallaght Stadium for our games against Montenegro and Greece”.

“Hopefully, when the world becomes a safer place and the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic is not as great, we can welcome our fans back”.