The inaugural FAI International Football Awards took place in 1989 recognising outstanding achievements in Irish soccer.

The 1989 awards were held at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin and were hosted by Jimmy Magee and George Hamilton.

Republic of Ireland Manager, Jack Charlton, along with the Irish soccer squad were special guests and were introduced on stage before taking their seats with the rest of the attendees.

On the night award winners included Kevin Moran for Senior International Player of the Year, and Steve Staunton for Young International Player of the Year.

The first FAI International Football Awards were held on 12 November 1989.

On the 15 November 1989 the Republic of Ireland faced Malta in their final qualifying match for the World Cup 1990. Ireland beat Malta 2 - 0  and qualified for the World Cup for the first time.