Linfield’s Bastien Hery and Dundalk’s Chris Shields with United the Union Champions Cup tournament ambassador Pat Jennings at Windsor Park on Thursday. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho

Chris Shields has described the new cross-Border competition in which Dundalk will face Linfield next month as “a great initiative”, with the midfield(...)

 Stephanie Frappart awards a penalty in the Women’s World Cup final. Photograph: Reuters

Stephanie Frappart will become the first woman to referee a major European men’s game when she takes charge of the Uefa Super Cup between Liverpool an(...)

Sweden’s forward Stina Blackstenius is congratulated by team-mates after scoring her side’s second goal in the World Cup quarter-final against Germany at Roazhon Park in Rennes. Photograph:  Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

Sweden 2 Germany 1 Sweden pulled off a shock 2-1 victory over Germany in Rennes to reach the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup and a meeting with (...)

Netherlands’ Lineth Beerensteyn celebrates scoring their second goal during the Women’s World Cup Group E game against Canada at Stade Auguste-Delaune in  Reims. Photograph:  Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Netherlands 2 Canada 1 Reigning European champions the Netherlands secured top spot in Group E at the Women’s World Cup, maintaining their 100 per ce(...)

 Assistant referee Michelle O’Neill: ‘As a woman you have far less room for error, but you learn to deal with it, and a lot is about player management.’ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Who brings a hot-water bottle to France in June? Michelle O’Neill, for one, thanks to her role at the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup. As a Fifa-level “(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s  Denise O’Sullivan tries to get away from  Luica Suskova of Slovakia in the recent World Cup qualifier at Tallaght. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Women's World Cup Qualifier: Republic of Ireland v Netherlands, Talaght Stadium, Tuesday, 7pm (Live Eir Sport) Having reached the midway point of the(...)