FUTSAL graduate shortlisted for PUSKA award

Stephanie Roche, a Project FUTSAL graduate, has been shortlisted for the prestigious FIFA goal of the year 2014.  She is nominated alongside Colombia’s James Rodriguez and Robin van Persie of the Netherlands.

While Rodriguez and van Persie scored their goals at the World Cup in Brazil, Stephanie scored what has been described by Sky Sports commentator Matt le Tissier as “the goal of the season” for her former club, Peamount United in a Women’s National League of Ireland game.

The goal has attracted attention from football fans across the world and has gone viral on You Tube.  Rio Ferdinand commented on Twitter, “wow…this is better than Wilshere and Kasami goals”. 

British actor, James Corden tweeted, “for all those who say ‘women can’t play football! It’s man’s game innit!’ Tell them to watch this”.

The new shortlisted poll has opened – vote for Stephanie Roche here.  The goal of the year award will be announced on 12th January.

Project FUTSAL was part-funded by the Ireland Wales Programme 2007-13 through the European Regional Development Fund.  

It brought together the Football Association of Ireland and the Welsh Football Trust to provide a unique opportunity for people who are unemployed and out of formal education to get involved in an innovative project designed to help them back into the workforce.  The project aimed to provide education and work opportunities for unemployed people to assist and influence community regeneration through employment and volunteerism.