NI Women will face England at Windsor Park National Football Stadium

Northern Ireland’s Senior Women’s World Cup qualifier against England in April will take place at Windsor Park National Football Stadium, it was announced today.

Kenny Shiels’ side are due to face top-flight England at home on Tuesday, April 12.

This will be Northern Ireland’s last competitive game before they feature at UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 in England this summer – where they are set to play England again.

The game in Belfast will be the second of two FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 qualifiers for the senior women’s team that month. They also left for Austria on April 8.

Kenny Shiels said he was delighted that the qualifier against the Lionesses was taking place at the National Football Stadium.

The boss of the senior women’s team insisted: “It’s great news for the team and the staff that we will face England at the national football stadium of Windsor Park. We hope there will be an exceptional crowd to cheer us on.

England are top of European Qualifying Group D having won their six qualifiers so far, scoring 53 goals and conceding none to score 18 points.

Austria and Northern Ireland both have 13 points (four wins, one draw and one loss) so far, but the Austrians are currently second in Group D on goal difference. They have scored 29 times and conceded four goals so far, while Northern Ireland have scored 30 and conceded six.

Northern Ireland have already faced England in the group, losing 4-0 at Wembley in October.

Tickets for the home game on April 12 (7.45pm start) will cost £10 for adults and £2 for juniors. GAWA Official members and groups of 10 or more will receive a 50% discount.

Groups can register their interest now by providing their contact details here. Tickets for the match will go on sale in early March.

In preparation for the two qualifiers in April, the Northern Ireland team will travel to Spain for a 10-day training camp at the Marbella Football Center on the Costa del Sol from February 14-23.

As part of the camp, they will face the Faroe Islands, Switzerland and Romania in friendlies at the Marbella venue. The match against the Faroese will take place on February 17, while they will face the Swiss on February 20. The game against the Romanians is scheduled for February 23.

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