Marissa Callaghan

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Marissa Callaghan
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Nilla Fischer (Sweden) and Marissa Callaghan in May 2014
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-09-02) 2 September 1985 (age 37)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Team information
Current team
Youth career
Newington Girls
Senior career*
2005– Cliftonville 0 (0)
International career
2010– Northern Ireland 72 (9)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 22:55, 13 July 2022 (UTC)

Marissa Callaghan (born 2 September 1985) is a Northern Irish women's association football player from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She currently plays as a player-coach as a midfielder for Cliftonville Ladies and is the captain of the Northern Ireland women's national football team. [1]



Callaghan started playing football when she was thirteen for Newington Girls (now known as Cliftonville Ladies). [2] After this, she went to university in the United States on a football scholarship. [3] She returned to Northern Ireland in 2005 and started playing for Cliftonville again. She graduated with an advanced certificate in sports coaching from the University of Ulster in 2017. [3] As a result, she also volunteered as a coach for Cliftonville Ladies. [4] Later she became their academy director. [4]

International career

Callaghan made her international debut for the Northern Ireland women's national under-19 football team in 2002. [5] She made her debut for Northern Ireland in 2010. [5] In 2016, Callaghan was awarded the Northern Ireland Women's Football Association Women's Personality of the Year award. [2] A year later she was the tournament ambassador for the 2017 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship being held in Northern Ireland. [2]

She captained the Northern Ireland team at Euro 2022. [6]

International goals

Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first.
1.13 April 2021 Seaview, Belfast, Northern Ireland Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 1–02–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying play-offs


After leaving university, Callaghan started working full-time in 2010 as a women's football community coach. [1] In 2016, Callaghan was selected as a women's football ambassador for the Irish Football Association. [7] Following this, she worked with Northern Ireland national football team captain Steven Davis to promote participation in women's youth football. [8]

Private life

Callaghan is married to her partner Paula and they have one son together. [9]

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