The League of Ireland XI, more recently referred to as the Airtricity League XI for sponsorship reasons, is the representative team of the League of Ireland, the national association football league of the Republic of Ireland. For much of its history, the League of Ireland XI has effectively acted as a reserve or B team to the senior Republic of Ireland national football team, providing international representative honours to home-based players. In fact it has played considerably more games then the actual Republic of Ireland B national football team. In addition to playing regular games against similar representative teams, such as the Irish League XI, the Scottish Football League XI and the Football League XI, the League of Ireland XI has also played in prestige friendlies against the full national teams of both Argentina and Brazil. The League of Ireland XI also represented Ireland in the qualifying stages of the 1988 Olympic Football Tournament. More recently a League of Ireland U-23 XI has represented the Republic of Ireland in the International Challenge Trophy. Meanwhile a senior team with no age or nationality restriction regularly plays visiting club sides. In 2011 this team competed in the Dublin Super Cup.
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... Throughout the history of the League of Ireland, the vast majority of the players have come from either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland ... Consequently the League of Ireland XI has largely been made up of Irish players ... of non-Irish players and, right from the beginning, they have been selected to play for the League of Ireland XI ...
... five Bohemians players to play for the first official League of Ireland XI when they made their debut in the 3–3 draw against the Welsh Football League XI at Dalymount Park ...
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