Longford To Host UEFA Euro Under-17 Championship

Longford’s City Calling Stadium will host games at the 2019 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

The Republic of Ireland are hosting the tournament for the first time since 1994, when Turkey defeated Denmark 1-0 in the final.

An FAI spokesman today confirmed to Shannonside that City Calling Stadium will host games at the Euro under-17’s which will be held between May first and 19th.

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Dublin’s Tallaght stadium and Waterford’s RSC are expected to be two of the other venues which host games in this tournament with the draw taking place for the championships on April fifth.

Colin O’Brien’s Irish under-17s qualify for the tournament as hosts, and will be competing in the Finals for the third year in-a-row. In 2017 and 2018, Ireland reached the quarter-finals, before narrow defeats to England and the Netherlands.

Ireland continue preparations for the tournament with two games away from home in Marbella next month against international opposition, followed by two matches at home against Finland in March.

O’Brien’s team will not know their opponents for the UEFA Under-17 Championships until April 5. The Finals Draw will take place in Dublin, showing the route for all 16 teams to get to the Final on May 19.