Ireland v Italy in World Cup qualification match

Ireland v Italy in World Cup qualification match

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Belfast, Windsor Park




15 January 1958 (of event)


02min 14sec





black and white


British Pathe


British Pathé

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Ireland beat Italy in a qualification match for the 1958 World Cup.


Up until 1923, the

Belfast-based Irish Football Association (IFA), regulated football in Ireland. Shortly after Partition in 1921, the Football Association

of the Irish Free State (FAIFS)- later to become the Football Association of

Ireland (FAI)- split from the IFA and organised their own international Ireland

football team. In 1923 the FAI was officially recognised by FIFA as the

regulating body for the newly formed Irish Free State.

Between 1936 and 1950 there were two Irish international

football teams, chosen by the two rival Associations. Both claimed jurisdiction

over the whole of Ireland

and selected players from the whole island. At least thirty-eight players

were selected to represent both teams during this period.

In 1950, when both Ireland teams entered

the FIFA World Cup qualification, four players (all from the South) played for

the two teams in the tournament. FIFA intervened after the FAI lobbied to

prevent the IFA from selecting players from the South. FIFA ruled that player

eligibility was to be based on the political border. FIFA went on to rule in

1953 that neither team could refer to itself as “Ireland” in tournaments that

both were eligible to enter and that the FAI team would now officially called

the Republic of Ireland and the IFA

team was to be named  Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland went on to qualify for the 1958 World Cup which was held in Sweden. The team reached the quarter finals of the competition.

Shot List

Shots of the match in progess intercut with audience reactions. The score is Ireland: 2, Italy: 1.



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