Northern Ireland began the new decade 56th in FIFA's world rankings. The team continued to play their home matches at Linfield's Windsor Park stadium. Proposals to build a new stadium on the site of the former Maze Prison or in the Sydenham area of East Belfast were rejected by the Irish FA in favour of a major redevelopment of Windsor Park although no concrete plans were on the table.
v Slovenia 3 Sept 2010
Northern Ireland launched their new home strip in June 2010, immediately after the team's summer tour, which saw them lose all their games, in Albania, Connecticut (against Turkey) and Chile. The new strip had none of the trimmings seen in recent years, recreating the iconic outfit worn by George Best and his team mates in the Sixties, but with the addition of shadow stripes.
Umbro introduced a rather fine looking away strip in May 2011 featuring a double-chevron. The choice of emerald green for the shorts did mean that the home and away shorts could now be switched when necessary so the team could appear in all-green or all-white.
In 2012 the IFA chose Adidas as their new technical sponsor, making much in the press announcements of the fact that Northern Ireland had played in two World Cups wearing Adidas outfits.
v Greece 14 Oct 14
After yet another unsuccesful World Cup qualifying campaign, the Irish FA launched the new "home" strip in November 2013. Based on Adidas' new Condivo template, the combination of two shades of green attracted much favourable comment. The change strip was launched in a Belfast sports shop and revives memories of the 1982 World Cup campaign. This replaced the black strip introduced just 12 months previously (and worn four times) with a price tag of £52 for the shirt alone, prompting a wave of protest in social media.
The Irish FA now introduced a new strip every year. The new first strip returns to familiar emerald green while two shades of blue feature on the change strip.
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2015 brought qualification for the expanded European Championship for the first time and once again a new strip was introduced. The inclusion of blue in the shirt met with widespread disapproval and a petition was raised to try to get the Irish FA to change their mind. The alternative is in exactly the same template but without the offending third colour.
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