The Republic of Ireland made history this month by reaching their first ever major tournament on the women’s side and they were shown just how big reaching a World Cup is by the draw.
The debutantes find themselves in a very tricky group, with Olympic gold medallists Canada, hosts Australia and the only African nation to reach every edition of this tournament, Nigeria.
On the one hand, it’s a wide open one that they could get out of. Ireland showed their qualities throughout qualification and have some fantastic players in their ranks, from Arsenal’s Katie McCabe to Denise O’Sullivan, one of the most respected midfielders in the NWSL – the top league in the United States.
However, it’s one that there will be no easy wins in, either. Every single match will be a huge challenge.
Should they finish in the top two, which they are capable of, England or Denmark will be the next opponent. Whatever happens, it’ll be a star-studded first experience of a World Cup for the Girls in Green.