Avenir All-Island Cup

Shelbourne Football Club is delighted to be taking part in the inaugural cross border competition for women’s football on this island the Avenir Sports All-Island Cup which is taking place across a five week window this June & July.

18 May 2023; In attendance at the Avenir Sports All-Island Cup draw at FAI Headquarters in Abbotstown, Dublin, is Courtney Maguire of Shelbourne. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

In order to aid the Ireland Women’s National Team’s preparations for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, the SSE Airtricity Women’s Premier Division season was structured to allow for a period where no League games would take place. This new competition will now be played during that scheduled break to ensure that women’s domestic football continues to be played as excitement for the World Cup builds.

The competition will consist of 16 teams including all 11 League of Ireland Women’s Premier Division sides and five sides from North of the border from the Sports Direct Women’s Premiership

We have been drawn in Group A alongside fellow southern side’s Athlone Town AFC and Galway FC together with Northern Irish side Linfield FC.

Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The fixtures for the competition are now released with the details of the Reds games as follows:

Matchday 1

Saturday June 17th:

Athlone Town vs Shelbourne FC (7pm kick off) Athlone Town Stadium, Lissywollen.

Matchday 2

Saturday June 24th:

Shelbourne FC vs Linfield FC (2pm kick off) Tolka Park.

Matchday 3

Saturday July 1st:

Galway FC vs Shelbourne FC (2pm kick off) Éamon Deacy Park.

Following the group phase each group winner will advance to the semi final stages which will be held on the W/E Sunday July 9th, with the tournament’s final taking place the following weekend W/E Sunday July 16th.

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