Flag of Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
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Nickname(s) Green and White Army,
Norn Iron
Association Irish Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Ian Baraclough
Captain Steven Davis
Most caps Steven Davis (126)
Top scorer David Healy (36)
Ground Windsor Park
FIFA code NIR
FIFA ranking 48 (27 May 2021)
Highest FIFA ranking 20
Lowest FIFA ranking 129
First international  Republic of Ireland 0–13 England 
(Belfast; 18 February 1882)
as Northern Ireland
 Northern Ireland 1–4 England 
(Belfast; 7 October 1950)
Biggest win  Republic of Ireland 7–0 Wales 
(Belfast; 1 February 1930)
as Northern Ireland
 Northern Ireland 5–0 Cyprus 
(Belfast; 21 April 1971)
 Faroe Islands 0–5 Northern Ireland 
(Landskrona; 11 September 1991)
Biggest defeat  Republic of Ireland 0–13 England 
(Belfast; 18 February 1882)
as Northern Ireland
 Netherlands 6–0 Northern Ireland 
(Amsterdam; 2 June 2012)
World Cup appearances 3 (First in 1958)
Best result Quarter-finals, 1958
European Championship appearances 1 (First in 2016)
Best result Round of 16, 2016

The Northern Ireland national football team represents Northern Ireland in international association football. From 1882 to 1920, all of Ireland was represented by a single side, the Ireland national football team, organised by the Irish Football Association (IFA). In 1921, the jurisdiction of the IFA was reduced to Northern Ireland following the secession of clubs in the soon-to-be Irish Free State, although its team remained the national team for all of Ireland until 1950, and used the name Ireland until the 1970s. The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) organises the separate Republic of Ireland national football team.

Although part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland has always had a representative side that plays in major professional tournaments – whether alongside the rest of Ireland pre-1922 or as its own entity – though not in the Olympic Games, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has always recognised United Kingdom representative sides.

Northern Ireland has competed in three FIFA World Cups, reaching the quarter-final stage in the 1958 and 1982 tournaments. Northern Ireland held the accolade of being the smallest nation to qualify for a World Cup Finals from their first appearance in 1958 until 2006, when Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 2006 World Cup. At UEFA Euro 2016, the team made its first appearance at the European tournament and reached the round of 16.

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Football in Northern Ireland
League competitions The IFA Cup competitions
NIFL Premiership Northern Ireland (B) Irish Cup
NIFL Championship (U-21) (U-20) (U-19) Irish League Cup
Intermediate League (U-18) (U-17) (U-16) County Antrim Shield
Ballymena & Provincial List of clubs Mid-Ulster Cup
Northern Amateur Football League List of stadiums Mid-Ulster Football League
(by capacity)
List of competitions
International football

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