FIPFA World Cup 2011


The FIPFA World Cup 2011 was Ireland's first experience stepping up onto the international stage having only started a competitive domestic league in 2009. The team that would represent Ireland in Paris was Patrick Flanagan, Daniel Stack, Emmett Daly, Dani McGovern, Aoife McNicholl, Keith Hayes and Lee Fitzsimmons. The team was coached by Liam McDonough and assisted by Robbie Fitzsimmons. The 2011 world cup was supported by the Emmanuel Petit  foundation and the draw for the tournament was made by Michel Platini. There was two groups of five teams with England, USA, Japan, Portugal and Switzerland in Group A and France, Belgium, Australia, Canada and Ireland in Group B.

Ireland finished ninth in their first world cup and learnt some valuable and harsh lessons as to the standard needed to aspire to and gained great experience that they would take back home and develop in future years. The hosts France gave Ireland their heaviest defeat at this tournament winning 0-12. Australia too showed how far and fast they were developing with a 7-0 victory over Ireland. It was also becoming apparent how importat it was to have the playing equipment, the sports chair functioning at the optium performance. Two further defeats against Belgium 4-0 and Canada 3-0 completed Ireland's round of games in the group. While not progressing to the later stages Ireland would meet Switzerland in the 9th/10th play-off match and record a great 4-0 win to send the team home with some optimism and determination that next time it would be better.