The Republic of Ireland's Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Slovakia has been postponed again, "until further notice".

Last month UEFA pushed back the European Championships from this summer to 2021 with the play-offs, which had originally been fixed for late March, pencilled in for the start of June.

All UEFA club and international football was initially suspended until the end of March but as the Covid-19 pandemic escalated, plans have been drastically revised.  

Following a video conference meeting with the general secretaries of all 55 UEFA member associations today and recommendations made by the working groups created on St Patrick's Day,  UEFA said in a statement: "All national team matches for men and women due to be played in June 2020 are postponed until further notice. This includes the play-off matches for UEFA Euro 2020 and qualifying matches for UEFA Women's Euro 2021." 

Reacting to the development, the board of the FAI said in a statement: "This is the right decision in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and will discuss this decision at its next meeting. 

"The health and safety of everyone connected with football remains of paramount importance to the FAI and we will continue to follow all directives from Government, the Department of Health and UEFA."

The Ireland women's team were due to travel to Ukraine for a qualifier in early June and the men’s team were also scheduled to play friendlies against Turkey and Luxembourg.

While most leagues in Europe hope to finish their domestic seasons once restrictions on movement and social contact are lifted, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said last week the Champions Leagues and Europa League could be lost if play does not start by the end of June.

A source, who was part of the call, said that while no decisions were taken, given the lack of certainty over the timeframe for the pandemic, the understanding was that the longer the delay, the more the priority would fall on completing domestic seasons.

One possibility on the table at UEFA, in case of a long delay into the summer, is to complete the European club competitions with a mini-tournament, such as a 'final four'.

UEFA also said they are hoping to give member associations more time to complete club licensing provisions in the light of what they called extraordinary circumstances. 

With no National Team football until September, UEFA hopes that as many domestic leagues as possible will be able to complete their competitions.

That may involve club football being played behind closed doors in July and August with September possibly seeing a short pre season.

The SSE Airtricity League is due to resume here on Friday the 19th June but that may be an optimistic aspiration.

The latest international postponement also presents the FAI with a conundrum.

With Mick McCarthy's contract up on 1 August, after the scheduled conclusion of Euro 2020, the FAI now need to decide whether to hand the reins to Stephen Kenny as planned or allow McCarthy attempt to finish the qualification process for the tournament still known as Euro 2020.

FAI interim deputy CEO Niall Quinn  previously said that the FAI will pick the "right time" to decide for a transition date. That, however, was before the latest fixture pushback.

"I don't think there's any point in trying to do something about that now," he told FAI TV just over a fortnight ago.

"We're still in the position where we don't know if we're going to the Euros, or not.

"We'll know on 10 June. I would have thought that 10 June would be a good time to start worrying about that particular instance.

"We'll speak to the stakeholders first. We won't be talking publicly about that until the right time."