Footballers from the Republic of Ireland signing for clubs in the United Kingdom post Brexit will not be subject to the new 'points system' due to the Common Travel Area Agreement between the two countries.

However the FA confirmed to RTÉ Sport that they are awaiting guidance from FIFA on how Brexit may impact the movement of players under the age of 18 from Ireland to the UK.

On Tuesday, football authorities in the UK announced that they had agreed a plan with the British Government for entry requirements governing the status of overseas players under the post-Brexit system.

The Football Association, the Premier League and the English Football League submitted a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) proposal in November, which has been approved by The UK Home Office.

The criteria will provide the framework for clubs aiming to sign overseas players when the UK leaves the European Union after 31 December.

Post-Brexit, players from EU countries will be required to gain a GBE, which is similar to the work-permit system that exists already for players from outside the EU.

The GBE will operate a points system based on senior and youth international appearances, club appearances and the quality of the selling club and its league, while the women's game is also governed by a similar GBE proposal according to the FA.

Players accumulating the requisite amount of points will earn a GBE automatically, while players just below the threshold may be considered for a GBE by an Exceptions Panel.

However, the FA has confirmed to RTÉ Sport that "as guidance, Irish nationals do not need to obtain a GBE due to the Common Travel Area Agreement".

But English football's governing body is awaiting confirmation from FIFA in regards to how the changes will impact the movement of Irish players under the age of 18 to clubs in the UK post?Brexit.

FIFA has been contacted for comment.

Elsewhere, the FAI has confirmed that the underage National Leagues won't be resuming this weekend following advice from the government.

This includes boys and girls leagues from under-13 up to under-19 level.

The association said in a statement: "The Football Association of Ireland is disappointed to inform its players, coaches, parents/guardians, volunteers and supporters that the return of all underage National League matches for boys and girls from Under-13 to Under-19 level, beginning this weekend, has been cancelled on the guidance of Government.

"The Association had felt that the broader new Level 3 COVID-19 guidelines issued by Government would allow for the resumption of elite Underage football as it had done before the Level 5 lockdown but it has been made clear to us that this is not the case.

"The FAI regrets the need to have to issue this directive given Irish football's widespread adherence to the guidelines to date and the negligible number of COVID-19 cases within our underage National Leagues and grassroots games that are run with great efficiency and care by our loyal administrators, volunteers and employees.

"We are now asking all parties to review the next steps necessary to facilitate a safe return to playing matches for all our players and clubs across all levels – elite football, adult amateur and underage - at the earliest opportunity.

"We remain committed to working with our partners to allow for the return of competitive football for all ages and all levels of the game as soon as it is possible in this COVID-19 pandemic. The FAI will always respect the prevailing government’s COVID-19 guidelines in place at any given time.

"We assure Government that football will abide by these Level 3 guidelines and reminds all affiliates of our responsibility in this regard.Adult amateur and underage clubs are reminded that they can train outdoors, non-contact in pods of 15 with one coach minimum per adult team and two for underage teams, as per the FAI Safer Return to Training Protocol and Level 3 Government guidelines."