Louise Quinn

Louise Quinn (born 17 June 1990) is an Irish footballer who plays as a defender for English club Arsenal and the Ireland national soccer team.

Quinn captained the Ireland women’s national football team at Under 19 level, making a total of 25 appearances to add to her five caps for Ireland Under 17s. She made her senior bow in February 2008, as a last-minute substitute for Niamh Fahey in a 4–1 friendly win over Poland at John Hyland Park in Baldonnel, Dublin. In October 2008 Quinn was named in a 22-player squad for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2009 qualifying play-off against Iceland, described by Ireland’s manager Noel King as “without doubt, the biggest game in the history of women’s football in Ireland.”

In February 2009 Quinn won a second cap after making another substitute appearance, in a 2–0 friendly defeat to France. After securing a regular position in the centre of Ireland’s defence, Quinn was named the FAI Senior Women’s International Player of the Year in 2013.

Quinn played youth football with Lakeside FC in Wicklow before joining Dublin club Peamount United in 2004.

Quinn captained Peamount to the 2008 FAI Women’s Cup final at Richmond Park, where they lost 2–1 to St Francis In 2010 Peamount won the FAI Cup final, after defeating Salthill Devon 4–2. Quinn missed the occasion as she was on a work placement in the United States.

In August 2011, Quinn scored a hat-trick against ŽNK Krka, as Peamount won 7–0 in the UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifying round in Slovakia.

Quinn moved to Swedish club Eskilstuna United in January 2013. She proved a success in Sweden as Eskilstuna were promoted from the Elitettan in her first season and finished seventh in the top-level Damallsvenskan in her second. In 2015, the team finished runners-up to FC Rosengård and coach Viktor Eriksson described Quinn as one of the best defenders in the league. In 2016 team captain Quinn was ever present in the league and played in the club’s UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign, but decided to leave Eskilstuna in November 2016.

Quinn signed a short-term deal with Arsenal L.F.C. in the FA WSL on 3 May 2017.