Dublin’s top flight will play host to a match against Ireland’s women’s team this weekend, as the first of six domestic games this season.
The Irish are scheduled to host Sweden at the Aviva Stadium on Friday, with a possible return to Dublin in the autumn.
But the women’s national team is not yet set to face the US or Canada in the group stage of the tournament.
The tournament is being played on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedule, which means that the Irish women will be away for the weekend on Thursday, as well as Friday.
The games will be broadcast by BT Sport.
“We’ve had a very positive reception to the programme,” said U21 manager Stephen Byrne.
“It’s a bit different from what you’d expect, so I’m really looking forward to watching it and seeing how well it goes.”
We’ll be in the middle of the league, but we’ve got the opportunity to get into a top teamWe’re really excited about the opportunity, he added.
The last time the two sides met, the U21s beat the Irish 5-1 on aggregate at home in February.
The teams are scheduled for a meeting on Friday in the Aviol stadium, which will feature a pre-match ceremony, and a women’s friendly at 5.30pm on Saturday.
The game will be the first time Ireland have faced the US, who were previously victorious at the tournament in 2015.
The US beat Ireland 5-0 on aggregate in the 2014-15 tournament.
It’s also the first meeting between the sides, although they have also faced each other in the past, most notably in the 2010 World Cup final.
“There’s going to be a lot of history between the teams, as we’re the only two teams in the league and the only ones from the north of the country,” said Ireland’s manager Stephen Fitzgerald.
“So the game will definitely be a huge challenge.”
The two sides last met in the summer, when the US won 5-2 in Dublin.