The FAI will meet on Saturday to discuss the implications of the Government's easing of Covid-19 restrictions as they continue to work towards a return for all levels of soccer.

The four European qualified SSE Airtricity League teams, Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers, Derry City and Bohemian FC, had already been given dispensation to return to training from 8 June, but new measures announced today will allow for group training for sports teams involving up to 15 people.

As a result, the FAI's Steering Group are meeting on Saturday morning to draw up protocols for the return to training for adult amateur and underage football under the new guidelines.

In a statement, the FAI confirmed that aside from the four European qualified clubs, no resumption of training would be permitted before 15 June, but they welcomed the government update and stated an intent to review their cessation of soccer directive, which currently runs to 20 July.

FAI Interim CEO Gary Owens said: "The new measures announced today by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Ministers Shane Ross and Brendan Griffin, are most welcome and positive for football and for all sport in Ireland.

"We thank the Taoiseach, the Ministers and all the staff at the various Government agencies who have worked so hard to get us to this point. Those agencies have offered us great assistance as we move towards a safer return for football for all our players, coaches, match officials, administrators and club volunteers.

"We still have a long road to travel in the battle against Covid-19 but sport has a huge rule to play in Ireland's recovery and these new guidelines will help get us back on the playing field as soon as it is safe for all our stakeholders."