The Republic of Ireland Under-21 side will kick-off their UEFA European U21 Championship qualifiers with away games at Bosnia & Herzegovina and Luxembourg in September.
UEFA confirmed the Boys in Green’s Group F schedule which will see Ireland begin the campaign in Bosnia & Herzegovina on September 3rd before taking on Luxembourg on September 7th.
Ireland’s first home game of the qualifiers will be on October 8th when they welcome Luxembourg. They then head to Montenegro for matchday four on October 12th.
The November international window sees a home double-header with Ireland hosting Italy and Sweden on November 12th and November 16th respectively with Crawford hoping fans can return to stadiums in Ireland later in the year.
Ireland will start 2022 with a game against Sweden on March 29 before ending with three games in June 2022; Bosnia & Herzegovina at home (June 3rd ), Montenegro at home (June 6th), and Italy away (June 29th)
With the fixtures now confirmed Ireland Under-21 Manager Jim Crawford said: “It will be a tough start away at Bosnia & Herzegovina, but they are playing in the March and June windows so it gives us a chance to see them. They are a team we haven’t played before at Under-21 level but make no mistake they always have competitive teams.
Crawford said he will use the upcoming March international window to secure a friendly game in what would be the U21s first non-competitive fixture since June 2019 – that game coming against Mexico in the Toulon tournament.
Fixtures and dates of the games are subject to change with venues and kick-off times to be confirmed.
Republic of Ireland Group F UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifiers
September 3, 2021 | Bosnia & Herzegovina vs Republic of Ireland
September 7, 2021 | Luxembourg vs Republic of Ireland
October 8, 2021 | Republic of Ireland vs Luxembourg
October 12, 2021 | Montenegro vs Republic of Ireland
November 12 2021 | Republic of Ireland vs Italy
November 16, 2021 | Republic of Ireland vs Sweden
March 29, 2022 | Sweden vs Republic of Ireland
June 3, 2022 | Republic Ireland vs Bosnia & Herzegovina
June 6, 2022 | Republic of Ireland vs Montenegro
June 14, 2022 | Italy vs Republic of Ireland