The FAI are to seek talks with the government after they announced a ban on events with crowds of more than 5,000 until the the end of August. 

Interim FAI CEO Gary Owens will seek clarity on what this latest ruling will mean for the SSE Airtricity League and also its potential effect on international football if it is extended into September.

The FAI had earlier claimed that the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2020 play-off semi-final away to Slovakia is likely to be played in October, with UEFA Nations League games to go ahead as planned in September.

Owens, who attended a tele-conference meeting with UEFA today, revealed that new Ireland manager Stephen Kenny could have as many as five games played before the trip to Bratislava.

However that is very much dependent on the ban on gatherings over 5,000 being lifted at the end of August.

Owens told FAI TV: "This is breaking news this evening and in two respects for us. The obvious question is, can we hold the international matches in the autumn period?

"We really need to be able to hold those matches and have mass gatherings in September. Hopefully we can get to the end of August and that 5,000 limit will be increased."

If the ban is not extended, the news looks unlikely to have any major impact on the senior Ireland team with their next home fixture not until 6 September when they are due to face Finland.

Owens admitted that those September games going ahead as planned is key to the FAI and their finances and told RTÉ Sport.

"We're hoping that we're going to have mass gatherings then. September is key to us, we need to have those matches to protect the income streams that we would have projected.

"We're just keeping our fingers crossed that we can achieve that, that's a very important time for us and we really need to get the income from that or else we would have a lot more difficulty."

However the restrictions could have an impact on the domestic game and questions remain over when the SSE Airtricity League can resume and in what manner.

Owens is hopeful that the newly announced restrictions could open the door for the return of domestic action.

"It gives us an opportunity with the League of Ireland clubs. That is a significant input now into the debate we will be having tomorrow with the National League Executive Committee because 5,000 could now be a level on which we could now resume the League of Ireland.

"That is a significant input and we need to take that into account, along with all the other factors which we are now analysing in advance of making a decision on the 5th of May when the Government will make their formal decision known."

He added: "Like everything else, the devil is in the detail. We really need to understand what they mean by 5,000 in terms of mass gatherings and whether that applies in stadiums and what are the criteria we would have to comply with.

"We have been working with the medical team in UEFA who are helping us with guidelines but  obviously, we need to talk to the HSE and try and understand whether or not they would allow mass gatherings in football stadiums and if they do up to that level of 5,000, that could be a significant breakthrough for us."