Irish FA launches campaign to help tackle social isolation during the coronavirus crisis

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Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill.

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The Irish FA has launched a campaign aimed at tackling social isolation during the coronavirus crisis.

The ‘A Wee Football Chat’ initiative will pair socially isolated people with volunteers so they can chat about the beautiful game over the phone.

Here's the IFA statement:

Many people in Northern Ireland who live alone, or elderly couples who are socially isolated, often use football as a means to get out and about and to socialise.

A Wee Football Chat will pair socially isolated people with volunteers so they can chat about football over the phone.

The campaign is an extension of the popular tours provided at the Irish FA Education and Heritage Centre at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.

We promise positive conversation full of football memories, the sharing of experiences and discussion about favourite moments, players and goals.

See link below to request a chat:



Earlier this week, Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill urged fans to follow the Government's advice amid the battle against coronavirus.

On what would have been the eve of Northern Ireland's Euro 2020 qualifying play-off semi-final against Bosnia, O'Neill wrote an open letter to supporters.

The boss expressed his and the squad's disappointment at not playing, but took the opportunity to reinforce the government's message.

"Football players, managers and coaches are not immune to the potential effects of this deadly virus," O'Neill said. 

"We have family members and friends who are classed as vulnerable. We care for them deeply and don't want them to come to any harm.

"We can help keep our loved ones safe by working together in tackling the spread of COVID-19 and following the guidelines issued by the Government and the health authorities. It is in everyone's best interests to do so."

Northern Ireland are due to play Bosnia in a play-off


The manager expressed that he was sure the team would be able to count on the supporters of the Green And White Army (GAWA) as they look to qualify for the now-postponed tournament.

He added: "In the meantime, though, we all need each other's help and support. Please keep in touch with friends and family by using remote technology such as phone, internet and social media."


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