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Welsh Football Legend Helen Ward Joins Coaching Team Ahead of Euro 2025 Qualifying

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Welsh Football Legend Helen Ward Joins Coaching Team Ahead of Euro 2025 Qualifying

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Wales' all-time leading goalscorer, Helen Ward, is set to join the coaching team for an upcoming friendly against the Republic of Ireland, marking a significant step in her coaching career. Ward, who recently earned her Uefa B coaching licence, has expressed her honour and excitement at the opportunity to become part of the coaching staff.

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Helen Ward's Transition to Coaching

Ward, who has played over 90 matches for the national team, is not only Wales' all-time leading goal scorer but is also known for her wealth of knowledge and experience. Her appointment as assistant coach is seen as a significant milestone for women in coaching roles in football. In addition to her career on the field, Ward has been working towards her Uefa B coaching licence, which she recently acquired. This licence equips her with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively support her team from the sidelines.

Building a Strong Coaching Team

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Joining Ward in the coaching team is former Newport County boss James Rowberry, who has been given the role of assistant coach. Rowberry currently serves as the FAW's head of elite coach education, a position that gives him a deep understanding of the game and the ability to develop and nurture talent within the team.

Interim head coach Jon Grey is set to lead the team for the friendly match against the Republic of Ireland. Grey's experience and leadership, combined with Ward's and Rowberry's expertise, are expected to guide the Welsh team to a successful performance.

Preparation for Euro 2025 Qualifying

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The friendly match against Ireland serves as a warm-up for the Euro 2025 qualifying rounds. Wales is determined to build on their recent experiences in the Nations League Group A3 and qualify for their first major tournament.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) is aiming to have a new permanent management team in place before the qualifying rounds for Euro 2025 begin in April. This strategic move is expected to provide continuity and stability for the team as they prepare for the important tournament.

A Boost for Wales Women's Football

In other news, Seattle Reign FC has signed two Wales Women internationals, Angharad James and Lily Woodham. James transferred from Tottenham Hotspur to Seattle Reign, adding a wealth of experience to the team. Woodham joined the team through the 2025 NWSL season. This move is expected to further strengthen Wales' position in international women's football.

Furthermore, the FAW and BBC Cymru Wales have announced a new deal for the rights to broadcast Wales Women’s international games for the next five years. This deal is seen as a testament to the growing popularity and recognition of women's football in Wales.

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