NI to host European Women's U19 tournament

Northern Ireland will be one of eight teams taking part in the tournament
Northern Ireland will be one of eight teams taking part in the tournament

Northern Ireland has been selected to host the 2017 European Women's U19 Championships finals.

Eight national teams, including Northern Ireland as hosts, will participate in the 16-day tournament with dates and venues to be announced.

"We have made an explicit commitment to developing women's football," said IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson.

"The Irish FA sees this tournament as a catalyst for growth in the game at a local level."

An IFA Tournament Bid Group submitted a comprehensive bid dossier to Uefa in October 2014,

Northern Ireland was selected as the hosts at a recent Uefa Executive Committee meeting in Nyon, Switzerland.

"We are delighted to have been selected as hosts of this prestigious tournament and look forward to working with Uefa to deliver a world class sporting event," said IFA president Jim Shaw.

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