|Organising body||Women's Football Association of Ireland|
|Current champions||Peamount United|
|Most successful club(s)|| Castle Rovers/|
Shamrock Rovers (6)
|Website||FAI Continental Tyres Senior Cup @ www.fai.ie|
|2020 FAI Women's Cup|
The Football Association of Ireland Women's Cup is the senior cup competition for women's association football in the Republic of Ireland. It is commonly known as the Women's FAI Cup, the WFAI Cup, or prior to 2001, the Ladies FAI Cup or the LFAI Cup. Organised by the Women's Football Association of Ireland, like the Women's National League, the Cup is currently sponsored by Continental Tyres and is known as the Continental Tyres Women's Senior Cup.It has previously been sponsored by Umbro and Brother International.
Two reports in the Kilkenny People suggest that Evergreen (Kilkenny) defeated Avengers (Dublin) in a 1973 final.Two 1974 articles in the Irish Independent and Sunday Independent report that Anne O'Brien won the Drumcondra Cup with All-Stars (Dublin) in 1972. A 1985 article in the Munster Express , marking Benfica's twenty year anniversary, claims the club first played in a national Cup as early as in 1968.
Although the RSSSF archives only list finals from 1989,a match programme from a 1978 international between the Republic of Ireland and France confirmed that the Ladies FAI Cup was first played for in 1975 with Limerick defeating C.S.O. (Dublin) 2–1 in the final. Records from the early 1980s are more clear and during this period the three strongest teams were Dublin Castle, Benfica and Rathfarnham United. The former two clubs were both members of the Ladies League of Ireland. Dublin Castle was founded in the mid-1970s as a works team by Margaret Griffin, a former camogie player from Ennis, County Clare who later became a Republic of Ireland international. At the time Griffin was working for the Irish Revenue Commissioners based at Dublin Castle.
Benfica won the cup for the third time in 1993 in controversial circumstances. College Corinthians originally defeated Benfica 1–0 in the final.However a replay was held after it was discovered that Corinthians had fielded two unregistered players. In the replay, a fifteen year old Ciara Grant scored twice as Benfica won 3–0 at Kilcohan Park.
Following the emergence of the Dublin Women's Soccer League in 1993, its member clubs, most notably Shamrock Rovers and UCD, dominated the competition.This monopoly was briefly broken in 2006 and 2007 by the representative teams of two regional women's leagues. A team representing the Mayo Ladies League defeated UCD in the 2006 final and in 2007 the Galway Ladies League defeated Raheny United. Between 2008 and 2011 the DWSL dominance was restored with victories by St Francis, Peamount United and St. Catherine's.
Between 2001 and 2010 the FAI Women's Cup served as a qualifier for the UEFA Women's Cup. In 2002–03, after winning the 2001 cup, Shamrock Rovers became the first women's team to represent the Republic of Ireland in Europe.UCD became the second Republic of Ireland team to qualify for Europe after winning the cup. UCD played in the 2003–04, 2004–05 and 2005–06 UEFA Women's Cups. The Mayo Ladies League, the Galway Ladies League, St Francis and Peamount United all represented the Republic of Ireland in Europe after winning the cup.
In 2005 Dundalk City won the FAI Women's Cupand as a result qualified for the 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup. However, in 2006 a split developed within Dundalk City over a plan for the club to fully merge with Dundalk F.C.. This saw the emergence of two separate women's teams. Dundalk City was re-established as an independent club while Dundalk W.F.C. became affiliated with the League of Ireland club. Following complications that resulted from the split, it was Dundalk W.F.C. that went on to represent the Republic of Ireland in the UEFA Women's Cup.
The establishment of the Women's National League in 2011–12 led to a revamp for the FAI Women's Cup. Played between August and November, it serves as a warm up competition for the WNL season. Since 2013 the final has also been staged as part of double header at the Aviva Stadium along with the men's FAI Cup final. This idea had previously been tried out in 2004 and 2005 when Lansdowne Road hosted both finals on the same day. Since 2013 the final has also been broadcast live on RTÉ Two.In 2015 the double header system caused controversy when the FAI Women's Cup final went to extra-time and penalties. During the penalty shoot-out, Cork City F.C. players began their warm up preparations for the men's FAI Cup on the pitch.
|1978||Dublin Castle||Green Angels (Dublin)|
|1979||Dublin Castle||Avengers (Dublin)|
|10 October 1982||Dublin Castle||5–0||Cork Celtic||Waterford Glass Sports Centre|
|1983||Glade Celtic||2–0||Dublin Castle||Belfield Park|
|1984||Dublin Castle||2-2||Killeady/Cork Rangers|
|1985||Rathfarnham United||2–2 (a.e.t.)||Belvedere||Hogan Park, Rathbane|
|Replay||Rathfarnham United||2–0||Belvedere||Dalymount Park|
|1987||Benfica||3–2||Boyne Rovers||Dalymount Park|
|1989||Benfica||4–2 (a.e.t.)||Rathfarnham United||The Farm|
|1990||Rathfarnham United||Boyne Rovers|
|18 October 1992||Welsox||Benfica||Dalymount Park|
|Replay||Benfica||3–0||College Corinthians||Kilcohan Park|
|1995||Rathfarnham United||College Corinthians|
|1996||Castle Rovers||O'Connell Chics|
|1998||Shamrock Rovers||Listowel Celtic|
|29 August 1999||Shamrock Rovers||2–0||Shelbourne||AUL Complex|
|29 July 2001||Shamrock Rovers||3–1||St. Catherine's||AUL Complex|
|10 August 2003||UCD||2–0||Lifford (Clare)||Richmond Park|
|24 October 2004||UCD||4–1||Dundalk City||Lansdowne Road|
|16 October 2005||Dundalk City||1–0||Peamount United||Lansdowne Road|
|2 December 2006||Mayo Ladies League||1–0||UCD||Richmond Park|
|14 October 2007||Galway Ladies League||1–0||Raheny United||Dalymount Park|
|22 November 2008||St Francis||2–1||Peamount United||Richmond Park|
|25 July 2009||St Francis||1–0||St. Catherine's||Richmond Park|
|25 July 2010||Peamount United||4–2||Salthill Devon||Tolka Park|
|7 August 2011||St. Catherine's||3–1||Wilton United||Turners Cross|
|13 October 2012||Raheny United||2–1||Peamount United||Dalymount Park|
|3 November 2013||Raheny United||3–2 (a.e.t.)||Castlebar Celtic||Aviva Stadium|
|2 November 2014||Raheny United||2–1 (a.e.t.)||UCD Waves||Aviva Stadium|
|8 November 2015||Wexford Youths||2–2||Shelbourne||Aviva Stadium|
|6 November 2016||Shelbourne||5–0||Wexford Youths||Aviva Stadium|
|5 November 2017||Cork City||1–0||UCD Waves||Aviva Stadium|
|4 November 2018||Wexford Youths||1–0||Peamount United||Aviva Stadium|
|3 November 2019||Wexford Youths||3–2||Peamount United||Aviva Stadium|
|12 December 2020||Peamount United||6–0||Cork City||Tallaght Stadium|
Dublin Castle and Castle Rovers/Shamrock Rovers have won the cup the most times, each winning the competition six times.
|6||Dublin Castle||1976, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1986|
|6||Castle Rovers/Shamrock Rovers||1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001|
|5||Rathfarnham United||1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1995|
|3||Benfica||1987, 1989, 1995|
|3||UCD||2002, 2003, 2004|
|3||Raheny United||2012, 2013, 2014|
|3||Wexford Youths||2015, 2018, 2019|
|2||Peamount United||2010, 2020|
|2||St Francis||2008, 2010|
|1||Mayo Ladies League||2006|
|1||Galway Ladies League||2007|
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Benefica made amends for their defeat last year when they won the LFAI Cup for the first time...