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Kenny Shiels: Northern Ireland boss signs new World Cup campaign deal |  Football News

Northern Ireland women’s manager Kenny Shiels has signed a two-year contract extension after guiding the team to a major tournament for the first time.

Shiels’ side qualified for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 earlier this month after beating Ukraine 2-0 in their second leg of their play-off.

The new agreement runs until 2023 and Shiels will move from a part-time to a full-time position.

“I am delighted with this development and grateful to the Irish Football Association for making this possible,” said Shiels.

“The success of the Northern Ireland senior women’s team has added to the interest in women’s football from the grassroots level.

“My job is to continue to build on the momentum we have generated and prepare for the euros for next summer.”

In addition to overseeing next summer’s European Championships campaign under this new contract, Shiels will be in charge of the 2023 Women’s World Cup qualifiers which begin in September.

Northern Ireland will face England, Austria, North Macedonia, Latvia and Luxembourg in Group D after Friday’s draw.

Their last game against the Lionesses was a 6-0 friendly loss in February.

2023 Women’s World Cup qualifiers – full draw

GROUP A: Sweden, Finland, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, Slovakia, Georgia

GROUP B: Spain, SCOTLAND, Ukraine, Hungary, Faroe Islands

GROUP C: Netherlands, Iceland, Czech Republic, Belarus, Cyprus

GROUP D: ENGLAND, Austria, NORTH IRELAND, North Macedonia, Latvia, Luxembourg

GROUP E: Denmark, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, Malta, Montenegro

GROUP F: Norway, Belgium, Poland, Albania, Kosovo, Armenia

GROUP G: Italy, Switzerland, Romania, Croatia, Moldova, Lithuania

GROUP H: Germany, Portugal, Serbia, Israel, Turkey, Bulgaria

GROUP I: France, WALES, Slovenia, Greece, Kazakhstan, Estonia

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