A plan to split the FAI in two is to be put to the Government.

The proposal, which was devised by FAI staff members, suggests that the state would fund a new body that would solely govern grassroots and community football.

The FAI would continue to look after the international representative teams and elite football.

The plan suggests that the Government would provide €10m each year to fund development officers and coaches at youth level while the FAI would fund itself through commercial deals.

As is stands, the Government invests just under €3m annually on soccer, though that funding has been frozen in light of the controversy surrounding the state of the FAI's finances.

There are currently 60 regional development officers, who are part-funded between the FAI and local authorities.

They represent a third of the association's around 180-strong work-force, who fear job cuts after the FAI's crippling €55m debt was revealed last week.