The Republic of Ireland are aiming to sell out Tallaght Stadium for their FIFA Women's World Cup farewell friendly against France after hopes of playing at the Aviva Stadium were dashed by planned redevelopment work on the pitch.

Vera Pauw's side will host the world No 5-ranked France on Thursday 6 July before heading off on their World Cup odyssey in Australia and New Zealand.

It'll be a big test for the Girls in Green against top-class opposition - France were beaten 2-1 by Germany in the semi-finals of last summer's Euros - but the clash also represents an opportunity for the players to say farewell to the fans.

The last time Ireland played on home soil was back in September, when they beat Finland 1-0 in a crucial qualifier.

A showpiece game at the Aviva Stadium has long been mooted, but it won't happen this summer.

"We did explore the possibility of hosting this game in Aviva Stadium but it was not available due to scheduled pitch redevelopment work," said FAI CEO Jonathan Hill.

"We are now aiming to sell out Tallaght Stadium for what will be the perfect way to send the Ireland team off to the World Cup."

Pauw meanwhile is embracing the chance to fine-tune preparations ahead of the World Cup group matches against Australia, Canada and Nigeria.

It'll be the last international window before they make the long trip Down Under. Ireland head for a training camp in Marbella later this month for a behind-closed-doors game against Germany and a friendly against China. The FAI has also confirmed there'll likely be another camp in April.

"It is fantastic that we will get to play in front of our fans in our home of Tallaght Stadium before going to Australia for the World Cup," said Pauw.

"I’d like to thank everyone at the FAI who has helped to organise this game because we need to test ourselves against a high quality opponent in order to prepare us for the World Cup.

"France are one of the top teams in the world and will provide us with the type of challenge that we require.

"A lot of hard work continues to be done around our preparations for the World Cup with some excellent games lined up. We are excited to be returning to Tallaght Stadium - that is where we have made so many great memories."

Ireland's World Cup opener against Australia has been moved to the 82,500-capacity Accor Stadium in Sydney due to the massive level of demand for tickets.

The decision to move the game from the 42,500-capacity Allianz Stadium in Moore Park was expected with demand outweighing supply on both sides.

Tickets sold out earlier this month with Irish supporters frustrated at receiving an allocation of just 1,700.