Ireland Womens Football Fixtures: World Cup 2023

Next July the 2023 World Cup gets underway and the Ireland womens football fixtures are sealed.

After qualifying for the tournament for the first time ever after beating Scotland in a Play Off last October, Irish football fans have been waiting patiently to see our opponents.

With the first outing on July 20th, 2023 the Ireland womens football fixtures get off to a tough start against hosts Australia, before a very testing second game against Canada and a final outing against African heavyweights Nigeria.

Despite the big time differences between Ireland and Australia, each game is on at a very respectable time, meaning we will all get to tune in.

In this blog we’ll give you the time, dates and venues for the Irish womens football team World Cup, as well as a breakdown of their group stage opponents.

Ireland Womens Football Fixtures

Ireland Womens Football Fixtures Group B

Game 1

Australia v Republic of Ireland

11am (Irish time) in the Allianz Stadium

Game 2

Canada v Republic of Ireland

1pm (Irish time) in nib Stadium.

Game 3

Republic of Ireland v Nigeria

11am (Irish time) in Suncorp Stadium

Ireland Womens Football Fixtures: World Cup Opponents


World Ranking: 12

Star player: Sam Kerr

Manager: Tony Gustavsson

As co-hosts of the tournament with New Zealand, Australia were automatically placed in Group B and didn’t have to go through a qualification route.

Nicknamed ‘The Matildas’, they have also never made it past the quarter-final stage.

Ireland Womens Football Fixtures

The nature of the draw means they will play all their three group games on home soil, giving them a significant advantage against what is expected to be a huge crowd going by ticket sales to date.

Their biggest threat is their captain, the talismatic Sam Kerr who is also their all-time leading goal scorer.

The Chelsea star is the only female footballer to have won the Golden Boot in three different leagues and three different continents – The W-League (Australia/New Zealand), the NWSL (North America) and the FAWSL (Europe).

They also boast other WSL stars such as Arsenal’s Caitlin Foord and Man City’s Hayley Raso.


World Ranking: 6

Star Player: Christine Sinclair

Coach: Bev Priestman

The Canadians are most likely to top the group and are a serious World Cup contender after winning the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

They managed to go through 2022 unbeaten, with the exception of a 1-0 loss to reigning world champions and neighbours the USA.

Ireland Womens Football Fixtures

Their captain, Christine Sinclair, is the world’s all-time leader in international goals scored across the mens and womens game with 190 after 300 caps!

Sinclair has also scored at five World Cups and is a 14-time winner of the Canada Soccer Player of the Year.

They are stacked with WSL players, such as Man United winger Adriana Leon, Chelsea duo Jessie Fleming and Shelina Zadorsky, along with Spurs defender Kadeisha Buchanan.


World Ranking: 45

Star Player: Asisat Oshoala

Coach: Randy Waldrum

A former powerhouse of African women’s football, Nigeria come into the tournament in poor form.

A fourth place finish at the last Africa Cup of Nations was deemed a very result – considering they won 11 of the previous 13 tournaments it’s easy to see why.

Ireland Womens Football Fixtures

But there is no doubting that they have some really quality, none more than Barcelona striker Asisat Oshoala.

Regarded as one of the greatest African female footballers of all time, she has won a record 5 African Footballer of the Year awards.

Last year, she was nominated for the Ballon d’Or after a season where she won the Primera Division’s Golden Boot, and a year after winning the Champions League.


To find out more about the Republic of Ireland womens team, check out our Ultimate Guide to the Players right HERE.

Or else, why not check out our FAI range below?

Thanks for reading.

Ultimate XI: Republic of Ireland National Football Team Players

We’re proud that some of the past Republic of Ireland national football team players can be ranked amongst the best in the world.

So it gave us the idea to try and come up with the Best Irish Football XI ever.

And trust us, it wasn’t easy!

We were left in the situation where we just couldn’t fit some of the greatest former Republic of Ireland national football team players.

That’s how tight the competition was for some places.

But as Official Retail Partners of the FAI, we just had to have a go.

Republic of Ireland National Football Team Players (4-1-4-1)

Goalkeeper: Shay Given

Caps: 134

Plenty of competition for the number one jersey, but it’s hard to look past Donegal native Given.

The former Newcastle United, Manchester City and Aston Villa star was one of the Premier League’s stand out goalkeepers for two decades and won a FA Cup with Man City in 2011.

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Given also made the 2001/02 and the 2005/06 PFA Team of the Year – again showing why he is considered one of the Premier League greats.

He kept 52 Irish clean sheets and 113 in his 451 Premier League appearances.

His cat-like reflex saves were often an act of genius.

Right Back: Seamus Coleman

Caps: 59

Another Donegal native on the team and the only modern-day footballer to make the cut and has kept out the likes of Steven Finan and Gary Kelly.

Since signing for Everton from Sligo Rovers in 2009, Coleman has established himself as one of the club’s all-time greats and one of the Premier League’s best ever right backs.

Coleman has crossed paths and kept tabs with some of the best players in world football – Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard to name a few – and has never looked out of place.

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After suffering a bad broken leg for Ireland in March 2017, Coleman displayed his typical admirable resolve to get back to his best the following years.

Pacey, stylish and the stamina of a racehorse, Coleman showed all his qualities as he helped Everton to avoid the drop in 2022.

Frank Lampard and Carlo Ancelloti are on record giving the Irishman the very height of praise.

Left Back: Denis Irwin

Caps: 56

No more than Coleman, there was some serious competition for this position.

But when all is said and done, Denis Irwin is simply untouchable from an Irish defensive point of view.

Even Steve Staunton and Ian Harte wouldn’t be able to threaten Irwin’s place on this ultimate XI.

The Cork man is best remember for a stellar and trophy laden 12-year career at Manchester United, finishing with seven Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup and European Cup Winners.

Republic of Ireland national football team players

Plus the Holy Grail – the Champions League in 1999.

Some of you may not know that Irwin is actually naturally right-footed too, but preferred the left back position.

He was like a modern-day attacking full back but with a supreme defensive ability. While his free kicks were sensational too.

The best full back in Premier League history?

Quite possibly.

Centre Back: Paul McGrath

Caps: 83

Any Irish football fan knows how much of an enigma the great Paul McGrath is.

Despite battling knee injuries and alcoholism throughout his career, McGrath is considered one of the all-time greats in Irish football history.

A stylish, tough-tackling centre back, McGrath could also easily mix it up in midfield too.

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He is one of only six defenders in history to win the PFA Players Player of the Year award during his Premier League career that was spent at Aston Villa and Manchester United.

His titanic performance against Italy at the World Cup 1994 in the USA stamped in his name forever in the upper echelons of Republic of Ireland national football team players.

One of the real greats.

Centre Back: Richard Dunne

Caps: 80

Completing the back four wasn’t easy.

In one breath you could make an argument for John O’Shea whose trophy cabinet speaks for itself, while Steve Staunton is also an obvious choice.

But for us, Richard Dunne gets jersey because on his day, his no-holds-barred defensive style was simply outstanding.

McGrath will have all the poise and Dunne will do the ugly work.

And we don’t mean that as an insult. Dunne was a rock at the back for Manchester City, Everton and Aston Villa.

A former PFA Team of the Year defender, Dunne’s performance against Russa in the Euro 2012 Qualifiers was sensational.

Defensive Midfielder: Roy Keane

Caps: 67

The first name on the team sheet and the captain – without question.

Workrate. Aggression. Skill. Fighter. Leader. Winner.

There are few superlatives that won’t describe the former Manchester United legend.

Republic of Ireland national football team players

A player who won it all with the biggest club in the world at their pomp and one who was equally feared and renowned worldwide.

Not without his controversy either, namely being sent home from the 2002 World Cup after a falling out with manager Mick McCarthy.

But Keane was pure class and a born winner.

Left Midfield: Damien Duff

Caps: 100

At the height of his career, Duff was one of the best left midfielders in world football.

A two-time Premier League winner with Chelsea, Duff tormented defenders in the Premier League for years with his silky dribbling, pace and a keen eye for goal.

Often not given the praise he deserves for his talents, Duff was able to stand out on a newly-rich Chelsea side stacked with stars, under José Mourinho.

He’s now adapted his talents on the field to the coaching side of the game too.

A joy to watch in full flight.

Centre Midfield: Liam Brady

Caps: 72

Many people reading this might be more aware of Liam Brady at this stage as an outspoken critic on the RTÉ panel!

However, he is undoubtedly one of the most naturally talented footballers Ireland every produced.

His club career speaks for itself too: Arsenal, Inter Milan, Juventus and West Ham among the clubs he starred for – at a time when Italian football was the envy of the world.

Two Serie A titles and an FA Cup fill his trophy cabinet as well.

As a player he was gifted with amazing footwork and trickery, a world-class passer of the ball and a prolific goal-scorer.

Centre Midfield: Johnny Giles

Caps: 59

We’ve opted to play with only one striker to make room for Johnny Giles, because a combination of him and Brady in midfield could easily supply enough for a prolific goal scorer to make hay with.

A former Manchester United and Leeds United star, Giles is arguably the best out-and-out centre midfield Irish player ever.

A low tally of caps compared to the rest of the team, due to the era in which he played, Giles was still a huge favourite with the ‘Boys in Green’.

He then went on to manage Ireland and was hailed for his role there too.

Right Midfield: Ray Houghton

Caps: 70

The Scottish born midfielder was versatile and had an unbeatable talent of scoring important goals.

Think England in the 1988 Euros and Italy in the 1994 World Cup, those winning goals are still so fondly remembered today.

Not as naturally talented as some of his teammates on this side, Houghton was an experienced big-game player who was hugely reliable.

His club CV include Fulham, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace and he never let his adopted country down.

Striker: Robbie Keane

Caps: 146

A former captain, the top goalscorer in Irish football history and the most capped Irish player of all time, there’s only one Robbie Keane.

‘Keano’ also bagged 126 goals in the Premier League after stints with Coventry, Leeds, Spurs, Liverpool, West Ham and Villa.

An elite goal-scorer, almost an old-school poacher and criminally underrated still to this day.

Scorer of 68 international goals, including that famous, famous strike against Germany in the 2002 World Cup that put Ireland into the last 16.

We have supreme confidence that Keane could lead the line on his own in this team!

And who could forget the famous celebration?

Honourable mentions:

We couldn’t go without giving a mention to the likes of Niall Quinn, Steve Staunton, John O’Shea, Packie Bonner and Frank Stapleton to name a few.


Do you agree or disagree with our selections?

Remember, it is a game of opinions after all and we’d love to hear yours.

So let us know.

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Jersey Print | Personalisation at Intersport Elverys

Are you interested in getting your favourite football player’s and number printed on your personalised jersey?

Intersport Elverys can do just that, available in select stores and online. We’ve got all the best Premier League jersey print for you – so what are you waiting for?

Check out our huge range of Football Jerseys HERE. 

Check out the stores below.

We also provide a custom embroidery service, check it out HERE. 

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Jersey Print: Where can I get it?

Jersey print and personalisation is available in Intersport Elverys in select stores only and online.

For teamwear, our graphic design and printing department can help you create the football team jerseys and uniforms you have in mind. Choose from dozens of stock designs for team names, numbers, player names and mascots (10 characters maximum and 2 digits maximum).

For personal wear, decorate your own jersey with your favourite player’s number and name or even put your own name on it!

We can also accommodate all novelty tee printing should you require.

Ask in store for details or ring our Printwear department on +353 (0)94 9020317 We can also do this online when you purchase a new jersey on our website.

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Stores with Irish Rugby Jersey Print

Galway Retail Park,  Dublin  Suffolk St, Henry St and Dundrum

Stores with Printers

Dublin, Blanchardstown       Dublin, Fonthill         Street Dublin, Swords       Dublin, Dundrum

Dublin, Suffolk Street       Dublin, Henry Street         Athlone, Golden Island

Mullingar, Lakepoint              Arklow, Bridgewater             Galway Retail Park

Thurles, Shopping Centre             Sligo, Johnston Court      Castlebar, Bridge Street

Limerick, Crescent Shopping Center      Kilkenny – Parliament Street       Cork, Oliver Plunkett Street

Online Jersey Print & Personalisation

To get your jersey personalised online, just follow the steps below:

– Go to the Intersport Elverys website HERE.

– Head to the football section and select the jersey you want personalised.

– First, select your jersey size.

– Then select the button that says “PERSONALISE THIS PRODUCT”.

– A pop up will appear. This is where you enter the name you want on the jersey (max 10 characters) and the number (max 6 digits).

– When finished, select “Confirm and add cost to total”.

– You will then need to checkout and pay for your purchase.

– Finally, enjoy!

**Important – You must be purchasing a new jersey, to avail of online personalisation.


Shop football at Intersport Elverys HERE.

Christmas Gifts For Him | Gift Guides 2021

The countdown to Christmas 2021 is officially on and at Intersport Elverys we have you covered for in the gifts for him search!

To give you some inspiration, we’ve got some of the latest and top products across our top range of brands.

If you’re ‘Inspired by Sport’, take a look below at some of our great gift ideas for him. We’ve also got some unbeatable deals and huge savings on selected items across our ranges of footwear, FAI, IRFU, balls and more!

Check out our other blogs on gift guides for her  and gift guides for those special kids.

Gift Ideas For The Sport Fanatic


2021 is a year like no other – Tyrone won Sam; the Dubs’ historic winning streak was ended; and Mayo suffered more All-Ireland heartbreak.

But believe it or not the new season is almost upon us where supporters’ dreams will start all over again!

Here at Intersport Elverys, we have GAA gear from all 32 counties, from jerseys to hats, including the brand new Dublin Alternate jersey and Portland training ranges. We’ve also got Tipperary, Mayo and Galway ranges.

Check out our full GAA range HERE.

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The rugby season is back on track, with the United Rugby Championship, Champions Cup and Six Nations all to play for.

We have some great gift ideas for the rugby loving person in your life.

As official sport retail partner of Connacht Rugby, we have the full range of jerseys, jackets, training gear and more, to have everyone kitted out the cheer on the Westerners.

Also, all the new Canterbury Irish Rugby gear can be got at Intersport Elverys, including the new jerseys, jackets, top and t-shirts to cheer on the lads from home. Also, this season’s British & Irish Lions is in stock!

Take a look at our full range HERE.

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Irish Football is going strong and the Premier League has never been better! We’ve got a fantastic range of jerseys and gear to have under the tree this Christmas 2021.

Here are some of our top pick.

This year’s FAI jerseys are different to any in recent memory, as they have no sponsor on the front and are a must for Irish football fans.

In addition, the new FAI Training range is perfect for those who need something for being active, as well as something that can be worn around the house.

Not only do we have the nation team covered, we also have lot’s of Premier League teams including Liverpool and Manchester United.

Take a look at our full range HERE.

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Gift Ideas For The Runner


Running and walking was all the craze this year, so a new comfortable pair of runners for under the tree would be a welcomed sight for many. Getting footwear which is comfortable and durable are key when choosing runners and we have all this and more across the top running brands.

With that in mind, we think the ASICS Gel-Kayano 28 and the Brooks Hyperion Tempo Reflective hit all the right notes.

Also to consider are the adidas Solar Glide 4 GTX and the ever-reliable Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38.

All options are perfect for Winter running and would be a great gift for him to get started in the new year.

Take a look through out full footwear range HERE.

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Being warm, dry, safe and seen on the road when running is a thought every runner thinks of before facing the elements.

Clothing that ticks these boxes while also having an element of style to it would be a great gift for the runner in your life.

Some key running Winter pieces include the ASICS Mens Silver Half Zip Winter, the impressively functional adidas Marathon Jacket and the always reliable Nike Running range.

Find all that and much more HERE.

Running Accessories

Looking to add some stocking fillers?

We’ve a number of essential running accessories to help him brave the Winter weather.

Kit him out with the Nike Race Day Race Pack or how about the ASICS Logo Run Beanie?  Or check out our collection of comfortable and durable 1000 Mile Socks.

You can find our full range of accessories HERE.



Gift Ideas for The Trainer

Footwear & Clothing

Training will always be essential for so many of us and looking good when training isn’t far off either.

The latest Nike Metcon 7 is a perfect training shoe, delivering stability and durability throughout his workouts.

Aside from footwear, we have functional tops that come with sweat wicking properties that are designed to keep you cool and dry when working out .

Some top picks for us is the Under Armour HG Rush Leggings, The North Face Mens Surgent Cuff Pants, Nike Men’s Dri-Fit Academy Shorts.

You can see our whole range of functional clothing HERE.

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Training Essentials

Every training addict will appreciate the tools that make it happen.

We have a wide range of training essentials that are sure to tailor to whatever way a person trains. Take the Body Sculpture Massage Gun or the  BackBaller for those who really value their recovery.

The Body Gym is also an ideal piece of home equipment that can be used to work a wide range of muscles for a cheap price.

You can find all the fitness accessories you need HERE.

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Wearable Tech

A piece of equipment that is slowly becoming essential for every gym goer, runner or an active worker is a smart watch or fitness tracker.

The latest Garmin Venu Smartwatch and the Fitbit Luxe Special Edition are two that help you get the most out of your workouts and goals.

Check them all out HERE.

Gifts for the Style Minded


If you’re buying for someone who prefers the style over functionality then we have a number of great products for you.

The Nike Air Max Ltd in black is a shoe that compliments everyday looks, while the Nike Air Max Excee is also a stylish shoe that compliments a matching tracksuit well.

The Nike Burrow Mens Slip On shoes are both different and extremely stylish.

You can find plenty more style minded trainers HERE.


Some of them trainers need some comfortable and stylish hoodies to match.

Take a look at this Puma three piece including the Men’s Essential Crew Top, the ESS Padded Jacket and the Power Fleece Joggers.

There’s also the adidas essential range for instance, or the Nike Swoosh Modern styles that finish your favourite looks.

You can find our full range of clothing HERE

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Finishing Looks

Top off these looks with our wide range of New Era Yankee caps or the New Era FAI hats.

You can find a this and more HERE.



We’re Inspired by Sport! Are you?

Everyone at Intersport Elverys wishes you and your family a very happy, safe and magic Christmas 2021.

Love Football? Here’s how to get into coaching!

Do you dream of becoming the next Stephen Kenny or Sir Alex Ferguson? Or do you just want to help coach and nurture the future of football?

Or are you a former player whose career is now over and you’re looking to stay involved, spread some wisdom and have a desire to help others reach their full potential?

Sounds like you?

If yes, then maybe football coaching is for you.

In this blog, we’ll tell you all you need to know about coaching and how you can embark on a new passion.

What does a football coach do?

Being a football coach involves devotion to your team, assisting them in reaching their maximum potential, and developing the players in all areas.

Whether you’re coaching children, amateurs, or professional football players, you’ll need to give it your best to ensure the team’s success.

You’re the motivator.

how do i become a football coach

You could work in a variety of settings, including schools, universities, leisure clubs, and football clubs, and with people of various ages and skill levels.

How far you can advance in your coaching profession is determined by your level of experience and qualifications.

You might begin your coaching career as an assistant before learning the ropes and eventually assuming the reins.

While studying and working towards your qualifications, consider volunteering as a coach in a sports club. This will help you gain experience so that when you’re ready to apply for jobs, you’ll have a wonderful reference.

Doing an apprenticeship is another option you could consider. This will allow you to learn on the job while earning all of the necessary credentials.

Still fancy it?

What does it take?

The number of hours you work will be determined by the level of football you are coaching.

Evening and weekend work are required at lower levels of football, but the greater the quality of the football club, the more hours you will be required to put in.

Your commitment to your career is likely to consume some of your free time, particularly if you need to travel for football matches across the UK and abroad, which may involve overnight stays.

How do I become a football coach?

If you are starting out in grassroots football, the first thing required to become a football coach is to make sure you are Garda Vetted and have completed the FAI Safeguarding One Workshop.

Then, you can look to enter the FAI Coach Education Pathway – check it out here.

Before interacting with an organization or service, all individuals working with children and vulnerable people, whether volunteers or paid, must obtain Garda Vetting clearance.

how do i become a football coach

Garda Vetting is an FAI requirement for anyone who works with children or vulnerable people (in a paid or voluntary capacity). Relevant training is also an important element of the Safe recruitment process; all coaches must attend the Safeguarding 1 course.

Steps to becoming a football coach

The FAI PDP 1 course is the first step in the Coach Education Pathway and is designed for coaches who work with children in the U-6 to U-9 age groups.

It is designed for coaches of all levels and It is an 8-hour one-day training with a combination of academic and practical content.

The only condition for this course is that all participants have been vetted by the Garda and have completed the Safeguarding 1 course.

The courses are accessible all year and are geographically dispersed around the country. If you have a minimum of 10 coaches interested in attending, the training can even be held and given at your club.

Already coaching at senior level but new to coaching courses?

No worries.

The FAI has recently revamped and updated their senior game-specific course. The Adult Amateur Licence is the name of the new course, which covers all aspects of adult amateur football.

The only condition for this course is that all participants have been vetted by the Garda and have completed the Safeguarding 1 course.

The 16-hour course will include both theoretical and practical content. The training will cover the framework of the game, football actions, and coaching practice demonstrations pertaining to the adult game, to name a few topics.

Responsibilities of a football coach

So, what will your primary responsibilities be?

how do i become a football coach

They include:

  • Organizing coaching sessions
  • Providing input and evaluating performance
  • Inventing new strategies and ways
  • Assisting the team’s physical and emotional development
  • Working with additional health care providers such as physiotherapists and nutritionists
  • Keeping track of things
  • Sponsorship applications
  • Organizing your team’s transportation


Vital Football Coach Skills

The following are the skills you’ll need for the job:

  • Communication skills
  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Positivity and patience
  • Ability to motivate
  • Organisational skills
  • Physical fitness
  • Ability to build relationships
  • Determination and trustworthiness



We hope this blog helps in you deciding whether or not you want to take the plunge into the world of coaching.
We know you won’t regret it if you do.

Make sure to check out our football ranges below to make that start easier.

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FootBalance Insoles: All You Need To Know

At Intersport Elverys, we’re delighted to offer FootBalance – a professional foot analysis and custom insoles service.

FootBalance empowers you to move, so you can spend more time doing what you love.

Find out what stores provide Football Insoles and Measuring HERE. 

Find out all you need to know about FootBalance below.

FootBalance: The Analysis – Click HERE

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FootBalance: The Insoles – Click HERE

FootBalance: The Research – Click HERE

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FootBalance: Quickfit Insoles – Click HERE

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FootBalance: 100% Custom – Click HERE


We’ve also other FootBalance blogs for you to check out.

FootBalance for Football

FootBalance for Running

FootBalance for Everyday

To take a look at what we have to offer, check out the Intersport Elverys website HERE.

Or, check out our video below for more information on how FootBalance works.


How To Measure Football Gloves At Home | A Guide

Having football gloves that fit is crucial. That’s why we’ve created this guide on how to measure football gloves at home.

For people playing Gaelic Football or as a goalkeeper in soccer, having gloves which fit correctly is super important when it comes to handling a ball.

So take a look below and get all the information you need before you head instore or online to buy some football gloves.

How To Measure Football Gloves At Home

Measure around (Option 1):

Wrap a fabric tape measure around the widest part of your hand. When measuring for glove size, you should always measure your dominant hand.

The measuring tape should wrap over the top of your hand and across the palm on the widest point, excluding your thumb. You should round up to the next highest inch, then add 1 full size.

This will get the size of your glove.

Measure lengthwise (Option 2):

Place the tape measure at the tip of your middle finger, then stretch the tape down to the base of your hand, hold it tight where your wrist begins.

how to measure football gloves at home

Choose the larger number and round up (Adults):

For adults, you will add 1 inch pending your preference of fit.

You should have between half an inch and a quarter of an inch room at the top of the finger, to allow the seems to respond every time you catch the ball.

Here is an example: if the length of your hand measures 7.5 inches, you then round your size up to the next number (8) and add an additional one inch. Therefore, your size will be 9.

Choose the larger number and round up (Young Adults):

For young adults, you should have between half an inch and a quarter of an inch room at the top of the finger to allow the seems in the glove to respond every time you catch the ball.

If you measure a size 6, start your fitting with this size.


We hope this was helpful for you and you can now measure your gloves size at home. Check out the Intersport Elverys website to find our full range of football gloves HERE.


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Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Best Football Boots

Here at Elverys, we pride ourselves on having a wide range of football boots from all the top brands to suit everyone. Whether you play football, GAA, or rugby, we will have something to suit your needs.

Having all the key information is vital when you are considering which are the best football boots for you.

Elverys has you covered if you need to get the perfect fit, too. We offer a comprehensive foot measuring service in-store for adults and kids, to ensure that the football boot you pick fits like a sock. If you’d rather shop from home, we also have a comprehensive guide on how to measure your feet correctly yourself!

Below is all the information you need when selecting which football boots are best for yourself or your kids.

Football Boot Types

It matters what pitch you typically play on when it comes to choosing the right football boot.

Whether you play on firm ground, soft ground, or Astroturf, we’ve got a comprehensive guide to choosing the best football boots for that surface.

Firm Ground (FG) Boots

Firm ground football boots are the most popular boot type sold.

They are designed to give maximum grip and comfort on natural grass pitches in dry to slightly wet conditions. These are perfect for summer when the ground is dry and firm, or even in winter when pitches tend to freeze over.

Players often ask if they can use firm ground football boots on Astroturf? The simple answer – Yeah, you definitely can!

While Astroturf boots are best for, well, Astroturf (more on that a minute), firm ground boots can get the job done. Especially if you play on firm ground more often and only need them for Astroturf every once in a while.

Firm ground boots usually have moulded studs -perfect for use on hard or dry surfaces. The studs are strategically placed to help relieve stud pressure on the foot.

With firm ground boots, studs come in all sizes, shapes, and patterns.

Two of the most popular stud types are conical and bladed.

  • Conical studs offer more mobility and quicker releases from the ground.
  • Bladed studs offer better traction because of a larger surface area.


Soft Ground (SG) Boots

Soft ground boots have aluminum studs in order to grip wet and muddy grass surfaces. They’re actually ideal for use in Ireland due to the unpredictability of the weather, and many grass surfaces stay soft all year round.

With soft ground football boots, there are two different kinds of stud configuration — the traditional 6-stud configuration and the modern mixed sole configuration.

  • The traditional 6-stud configuration uses 2 metal studs at the rear of the boot and 4 at the toe of the boot. For a long time, this was the best pattern for total traction on a soggy pitch. But the trade-off was the stud pressure it caused because of the distribution and the smaller number of studs.
  • The modern mixed sole configuration takes the standard firm ground sole plate and mixes in interchangeable metal studs to create even better traction and grip. Plus, it adds more comfort than the 6-stud configuration because the studs are more evenly placed!

Astroturf Boots

Football players playing on astroturf pitch with astroturf football boots

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Can you use football boots on astroturf? Absolutely! Especially if you snag football boots designed specifically for astroturf.

Astroturf boots usually have a lower profile to keep you closer to the ground to prevent slipping on the turf. These are usually more cushioned than traditional firm ground and soft ground football boots.

They’re perfect for anyone playing five-a-side football with their friends. And they’re great for kids who play outdoors because they withstand a lot of wear and tear.

Other Considerations When Buying the Best Football Boots

Other than the type of football boot, there are a couple of other things you should consider.

How Wide Should Football Boots Be?

Most boots are made for standard-width feet, but some are made with wide or narrow feet in mind. If you’ve got a narrow or wide foot, make sure you get a football boot that’s tailored to your size. Find what fits your foot best.

What is the Best Weight for Your Football Boots?

Make sure the weight of the boot is suited for you and the position you play. If you rely on speed for your position, you may want to go with a lighter boot. But if you’re playing a defending position, you can get away with a slightly heavier one.

How Tight Football Boots Should Be

As you’re trying out new football boots, you’ll probably wonder just how tight football boots should be. Your football boots shouldn’t be tight so much as snug. You want to make sure your new boots aren’t cutting off your circulation, but you don’t want them to be slipping around your ankles, either.

A snug (not tight) football boot means you have some room to wiggle your toes, but not enough room that you feel like you’re falling out of them.

What Features Do My Football Boots Need?

Can the boot do something extra for you and your match? Do you need more control, and does it offer that? Do you need more intensity in your shooting, and does it help you with that? Figure out what features will help you based on your position, and find a boot that helps you do it!

What’s The Difference Between P1, P2, and P3 Football Boots?

  • P1 = top end on field boots worn by Nike and Adidas sponsored athletes
  • P2 = mid-level top end club player
  • P3 = entry level / part time player

What to Know When Buying Football Boots

Once you’ve considered which football boots are best for you, it’s time to get to buying. When you start the process of buying your next pair of football boots, it can be easy to get carried away and rush through the process.

So, to help you keep a level head while you pick out your next pair, we’ve got more advice to keep in mind.

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Get a Boot That is Durable and Long Lasting

Make sure you get a pair that is durable and will last a long time through normal wear and tear, especially if you play often!

Don’t Buy The Coolest or The Most Colourful Pair You Can Find

The football boots that look the coolest are always tempting to buy. If you look better, you play better, right? Uh, no. Not necessarily true. Those boots might be the nicest on the pitch, but if they don’t meet your needs as a player, don’t buy them!

Get The Right Ones For Your Specific Position

Different positions will have different needs and features when it comes to football boots. Don’t snag a pair that’s made for strikers if you don’t play that position. You’ll need something geared more to what you do play. Find the right boots for what you play on the pitch so you can get the most out of them.

Don’t Just Buy What Everyone Else Has

Buy what’s best for you and what feels the most comfortable to you, even if your mates have something (or recommend something) completely different. Ultimately, you’re the one playing in them — not anyone else. Find what feels best for you!

Trust The Process and Don’t Rush Into Buying A Pair

Keep doing your research and trust the process of finding the right football boots for you and how you play. It’s easy to rush and buy the first pair you see or the ones that look the coolest. But if it doesn’t feel right, or even if you’re having trouble finding the right pair, the worst thing you can do is rush it and buy ones that don’t fit your needs.

No matter what type you need, we have a wide range for you to choose from.

And now that you have the information you need to find the best football boots for you, go ahead and buy your perfect pair!


Shop the full range of football boots at Intersport Elverys HERE.

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Puma’s newest innovation now available at Intersport Elverys.

According to the design team, Puma Future is not an evolution but a revolution in football footwear. It has been designed to improve the fit based on the wearer’s foot shape and comfort needs. Unlike anything you’ve seen before, Puma Future gets a lot of positive reaction.

Puma Future has a remarkable look, a snug, form-fitting upper, customisable lacing and a knitted ankle sock. Your foot will feel secure and supported. The all-new, lightweight and durable thermoplastic polyurethane outsole is flexible. It provides grip and manoeuvrability and allows you to play on hard natural surfaces and artificial grass.

Revolutionary technology combines base material and NETFIT upper lacing.The innovative infinite lacing system can be customized to your specific requirements for a narrow foot, wide foot and optimal fit.

Future is designed for dazzling skills, superior ball control, and aggressive power.

Click to buy new Puma Future in Intersport Elverys


Available to buy online or in-store where you will get the best advice from the football experts. Call in and let our staff answer all of your football-related questions.


Nike have put a spin on the classics and thrown up one of the coolest range of boots you will find anywhere.

The Spark Brilliance pack, lit up Euro 2016 but Nike have come out of the blocks ahead of the 2016/17 season with an absolutely brilliant new range of old school black with fantastic neon colours to really stand out. It’s the classic black boot but not as you know it!

The new Nike Pink Black pack all combine a black base with striking accents colours in the detailing and branding. The iconic Nike Swoosh even glows in the dark! (It’s hardly necessary but that makes it even cooler!)


For the Nike Mercurial Superfly V, Nike have worked on a black base with pink which is used for the Swooshes, Mercurial brandings and the lower part of the studs. Also available as Nike Mercurial Vapor XI. (below). We can see these being a firm favourite with many many people this season.


From the Reveal Pack to the Spark Brilliance Pack and now with the Pitch Dark Pack, the Tiempo has been the stand out in some people’s eyes and you can see why. Classic leather with fantastic jade detailing, this is one boot that will be welcomed by everyone football fan, old school or new.

The Nike Pitch Dark Pack, available now at Elverys Intersport, in stores and online –  #BringTheColour