The FAI have sought more clarity from Sport Ireland and the HSE as they look to nail down a return date for the game at all levels.

On Wednesday the association's interim deputy CEO Niall Quinn told RTÉ 2fm Game On's that they were seeking more detail around the government's phased road map in relation to the sport.

On Thursday the FAI confirmed their steering group has made a submission to Sport Ireland "seeking clarity on conditions around the return of amateur adult and underage football following the publication of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic".

They will not decide on a return date - either at grassroots or LOI/Women's National League level - until talks with Sport Ireland and HSE officials have concluded.

"We have submitted a series of questions to Sport Ireland seeking clarity on the five phases of easing the Covid-19 restrictions, as outlined in the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business," Quinn said this evening.

"Our Medical Director Dr Alan Byrne is liaising with the HSE and the Department of Sport on the conditions that will facilitate a safe return for our players, coaches, volunteers and referees at the earliest opportunity.

"As soon as we have that detailed information, we will issue guidelines for our leagues and clubs on a return to training and action. We thank them for their patience and understanding as we gather all information before making the best decision for all concerned.

"Football will be back when the time is right. In the meantime, we thank all our members for obeying the lockdown and urge them to continue to follow HSE guidelines."