Preparations are well under way for the upcoming UEFA Women’s Under 17 International Tournament across Cork City and UCC.
The tournament, which is being organised by UEFA, is being hosted by UCC in the Mardyke Arena, by Cork City FC in Turners Cross and by Cobh Rambler’s in St. Coleman’s Park. Among the fixtures being held in Cork are Belarus versus Iceland at 3pm on the 26th October, with the Icelanders taking on the Faroe Islands at 3pm on the 28th October.
UCC and Cork City have a fine tradition of hosting UEFA fixtures, with matches going back to 1939, when 18,000 attended a game featuring an all-island Irish team & Hungary at the Mardyke. This match marked the first occasion that an international football game was organised by the FAI outside Dublin. In more recent times, West Ham United used the Mardyke Arena as a training camp before a game with Cork City FC this summer, and City themselves would later use the Mardyke arena as a base of operations in their UEFA Europa League campaign.
The games in Cork will also feature Belarus, Iceland, the Republic of Ireland and the Faroe Islands in action across Cork & Cobh from the 26th October to the 31st.