Soccer Tournaments in IrelandIf you compete in soccer tournaments in Ireland, there’s a chance you might find yourself playing against the next Roy Keane, Damien Duff, John O’Shea or Robbie Keene. For a country that has never had a top-flight league of its own, the Emerald Isle sure has produced some great soccer players.
Most, of course, quickly migrate across the Irish Sea to ply their trade in England, and some of the most popular club teams in Ireland are the English and Scottish giants of Manchester United, Celtic and Rangers. But these great players all return to play for the national team, which has had some memorable successes on the world stage in the last 20 years or so.
Qualification for the World Cup in 1990, 1994 and 2002 earned the Irish worldwide respect as a soccer nation, and a memorable victory over England in the 1988 Euros had Irish soccer fans all over the world dancing in the streets.
For visiting soccer families, Ireland is a beautiful country where the friendliness of the people is matched by the splendor of the scenery. The 3,500 miles of coastline ranges from rugged cliffs to sandy beaches, which are surprisingly warm thanks to the effects of the Gulf Stream.
Culturally, the country has always been a hotbed, from literary giants of the past like James Joyce and George Bernard Shaw to musical artists of more recent times, such as U2, Thin Lizzy and the Corrs.
Dublin, of course is the cultural and economic center, and is one of the most vibrant, progessive and prosperous cities in Europe after the so-called “celtic tiger” economic boom lifted it out of decades of slumber. Other cities include Cork, Galway and Limerick, but the real charm of Ireland lies in its beautiful lush countryside and smaller villages.
Here, then, is our list of soccer tournament in Ireland. Or, if you're looking for a particular event, you can try using our search feature.