Colin Bell to take charge of Irish women's side at World University Games

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The Ireland squad line up ahead of their friendly international win over Slovakia on Monday. Credit: Albert Thompson


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Republic of Ireland women's coach Colin Bell will lead the Irish Colleges and Universities women's side at this summer's World University Games in Chinese Taipei.


Bell, a Champions League-winning manager with Frankfurt, will use the tournament as an opportunity to look at a broader range of players for his senior international side.


The Englishman has so far guided the Republic of Ireland to fourth place in the Cyprus Cup, winning three of his five games in charge with just one loss, to North Korea, in Cyprus.


"I'm delighted to take on the role of Head Coach for Team Ireland at this summer's World University Games,” Bell told the Football Association of Ireland's website.


"The Universiade is a prestigious tournament which has seen many of the world's best female footballers compete at and I'm looking forward to seeing how our young players will fair [sic] against the world at this level.


"There is plenty of representation in the Colleges and Universities sides at Women's National League level and it will give me the chance to work closely with the players as I continue to look to expand the pool of players available for the Women's National Team."


FAI National Co-ordinator for Schools and Third Level Football Mark Scanlon added: “To have someone of the calibre of Colin involved is a fantastic endorsement for the work we do at Third Level.


"With his level of experience in the game and current role with the seniors, it will be a massive incentive for the players to first of all represent their country on the world stage and to work closely with Colin and make a case for a senior call-up in the future.”