Republic of Ireland manager Vera Pauw has welcomed UEFA's decision to move the 2021 European Championship finals to 2022.

The tournament, to be held in England, will be played one year later in July 2022, European soccer's governing body decided at an executive committee meeting on Thursday.

The tournament was moved after UEFA's Euro 2020 men's competition had to be postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

With 13 points from their first five games, Ireland are well placed at summit of Group I (with two of their remaining three fixtures against unbeaten Germany). A play-off spot is a very attainable goal, if not straight qualification for a first ever senior tournament.

"It is great to have clarity on when the UEFA Women's European Championships will be played so that we can plan accordingly," said Pauw in a statement released by the FAI.

"As we look at the schedule ahead of us, there are still three group games to play and we remain in a good position to qualify for the European Championships.

"There is a lot of hard work ahead of us and it is fantastic that each of our players, who we remain in regular contact with, are working hard on individual fitness programs," she added.

"However, football has not been the priority for us of late with the world still battling against the Coronavirus and our thoughts are with those we have lost, those who are fighting, and those who are aiding the fight."

The opening match will be held on 6 July with the final on 31 July.

It is planned to use the same venues that were originally proposed to host the event.

Commenting on the rescheduling, UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said: "When we had to take an urgent decision on the postponement of UEFA Euro 2020, we always had the impact on UEFA Women's Euro 2021 in mind.

"We have carefully considered all options, with our commitment to the growth of women’s football at the forefront of our thinking.

"By moving UEFA Women’s Euro to the following year, we are ensuring that our flagship women’s competition will be the only major football tournament of the summer, providing it with the spotlight it deserves."