Soccer teams in Laois, Offaly and Kildare can return to moderated training after the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) lifted its suspension of activity in the three counties. 

Government restrictions placed on the midlands counties last week following a rise in Covid-19 cases led to the FAI and the GAA calling a halt to all games and training for a two-week period. 

However, yesterday the GAA, in consultation with its Covid Advisory Group, reopened its grounds to allow for limited non-contract training and the FAI has now followed suit. 

No training games are permitted and two-metre social distancing must be adhered to at all times, with a maximum of 15 people allowed to train together. 

Players are not permitted to travel from their county of residence to train in another county, which would affect a number of clubs that straggle the borders in the area. 

A statement read: "The FAI has sought Government guidance on the return of football activities and is now allowing the return of non-contact training in groups of 15 or less in the counties and under strict Protocol guidelines which have been made available to all affiliates.

"The FAI will monitor the situation in Kildare, Offaly and Laois on an ongoing basis in conjunction with the Government and their agents.

"The health and safety of all stakeholders remains the key focus of the FAI in this regard as we continue to adopt a cautious approach to the return of all football activities in Kildare, Offaly and Laois."

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