|Nickname(s)||The GAWA, Norn Iron|
|Association||Irish Football Association|
|Head coach||Conor Marlin & Frankie Wilson|
|NI U18 Schools|
(17 December 1988, Antrim)
|Jersey U18 |
(4 February 2009, St. Helier)
|Australia U18 |
(9 January 2001, Canberra)
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