Every Republic of Ireland Senior Football
At Soccer-Ireland.Com we
have compiled a list of each soccer result of every international match
that the Irish senior football team has ever played. In the pages listed
below we have included the match results in chronological order starting
with the first international matches in 1924 when the Republic of Ireland
was known as the Irish Free State.
First Irish International Football
The first official international
match played by the twenty-six counties was on the 28th May 1924 against
Bulgaria at the Paris Olympics. The Irish Free State won the match and
the result was 1-0. Paddy Duncan, who played for St
James Gate, scored the winning goal. This victory meant that the side
qualified for the a quarter-final match against the Netherlands. The Free
state lost this match 2-1.
Ireland International Football Results
The Irish national soccer
team originally known as the 'Irish Free State' until 1936. Thereafter
the team was known as 'Ireland' however this was causing confusion with
the Longer established IFA's representative team, Northern Ireland.
For a period both the FAI
and the IFA laid claim to the Irish national team and both selected players
from the entire island of Ireland. To put an end to this confusion FIFA
determined that the team representing the twenty-six counties would from
1953 onward would be known as the 'Republic of Ireland'.
For the purpose of convenience
in our lists of results of the national soccer team, linked below, are
referred to as 'Ireland'.