Dingley appointed FAI's new Head of Women and Girls' Football

Dingley appointed FAI's new Head of Women and Girls' Football

Hannah Dingley has been appointed as the new Head of Women and Girls' Football for the Football Association of Ireland, after Eileen Gleeson.

Dingley was previously the academy manager at Forest Green Rovers since 2019. She also had spells at Burton Albion, Lincoln Ladies, and Notts County. Last year, Dingley made history in July 2023 as the first female manager in English men's professional football after Duncan Ferguson's dismissal at Forest Green Rovers.

Speaking about the announcement, Dingley said, "I’m looking forward to getting started as the new head of women's and girls’ football. This is an opportunity to be part of something special in further developing football for all women and girls in what is a truly exciting period for the game.

"It is vitally important that we continue to inspire women and girls of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in football. It’s very clear that there are passionate people already doing incredible work in this area, from volunteers, clubs, and leagues to dedicated staff in the FAI, so it will be my responsibility to support them and help to bring everything to the next level—on and off the pitch."

FAI director of football Marc Canham added that Dingley topped a list of excellent candidates after a long process: "Following a very thorough process that involved many excellent candidates, we are excited to have Hannah come in to continue the excellent work that is being done to develop the game at all levels.

"Hannah is an experienced coach with a background in the development of women’s football and is someone who will bring fresh ideas and expertise to an important role in the football division that will help the association fulfil the full potential of women and girls’ football."