A new 11-team Airtricity League First Division fixture list, that includes Limerick FC, has been drafted and unveiled, but the confusion over the make-up of the league now seems deeper than ever just four weeks away from the scheduled kick-off.

Limerick's case against the FAI was struck out in the High Court last Monday after the judge was informed that the two parties had reached a settlement in their dispute.

The Munster club had launched the proceedings after the FAI allegedly failed to invite them to submit an application to play in the First Division in 2020.

As a consequence, the club were given the green light to apply for a licence to compete in this season's First Division. Limerick say they have secured €500,000 which will be invested over the next three years to stave off the threat of examinership.

Should the Independent Club Licensing Committee grant Limerick a license to compete in the league, it will mean a total of 11 clubs will make up this year's First Division. 

Earlier this month, Shamrock Rovers got approval to field a reserve team in the second tier to replace Limerick. That decision caused anger among the other sides in the First Division who fear the inclusion of a Rovers 'B' team would demean the league.

Limerick's revival has now added even more confusion to the situation.

Drogheda United chairman Conor Hoey has told their supporters to "completely ignore" the redrafted fixture list. 

"We are placing no credence on it whatsoever," Hoey told RTÉ Sport.

"We have written, as the First Division Alliance, to Gary Owens - the new chief executive of the FAI - saying that we need urgent talks to discuss the Shamrock Rovers B situation. 

"We're not happy with the decision as taken by the National League Executive Committee (NLEC). We're not happy with the decision and we're not happy with the lack of corporate governance shown by the NLEC. 

"All of this uncertainty is hugely unfair on the players, the supporters and the volunteers at all these club who are trying to get ready for a new and exciting season. It's a shambles." 

The redrafted fixture list starts the season with a First Division Shield competition: there'll be two groups of six teams which each side playing five games from 21 February up to 20 March.

The first round of the EA Sports Cup takes place on Monday 9 March.

The league season will commence on Friday 27 March.

The clubs will play each other twice - one team will be idle every week - and the top five sides will go into the play-offs.

Fourth will play third and fifth will play second in two-legged ties.

The winners of those clashes will meet in another two-legged tie and whoever comes out of that will then meet the second-bottom-placed team from the Premier Division in a two-legged promotion/relegation showdown.

See the full fixture list draft here