Soccer legend George Best is Northern Ireland's most famous alumni closely followed by goalkeeping giant Pat Jennings. In 2005, NI striker David Healy scored a legendary goal to beat England 1-0 in the World Cup Qualifiers. NI didn't qualify that year, but have reached the World Cup Finals in '56, '82 and '86 and Euros in 2016: not bad for such a small country.
The IFA was founded in 1880, making it the Beautiful Game's fourth oldest governing body, after England, Scotland and Wales. Find out lots more at The Education & Heritage Centre and on a behind-the-scenes tour. Then visit the IFA shop to pick up some footy memorabilia for the folks back home. For the view from the stands, check out www.ourweecountry.co.uk.