FAI postpone all underage games ahead of Cabinet meeting

The FAI have confirmed that they have cancelled all underage football matches this weekend.

The ruling does not affect the SSE Airtricity League Premier or First Division.

This is despite four League of Ireland clubs having COVID-19 positive results.

A statement from the FAI said:

''Following discussions with Government agencies today, and in the interests of public health, the Football Association of Ireland have postponed all elite underage football matches this weekend as we await the outcome of the upcoming Cabinet meeting.

''This decision will see all fixtures in all five underage National Leagues postponed.

''As with adult amateur and underage grassroots football, all underage elite teams can continue to train in a non-contact environment and in pods of 15, subject to current Government guidelines.

''This ruling does not affect the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division and First Division, the Womens National League and all international football which will carry on as per agreement with Government.

''The FAI will review this postponement internally and with Government early next week.

''The health and safety of all players, coaching staff, match officials, volunteers, parents/guardians and supporters remains foremost in all FAI decisions.''