THE FAI has called off all elite underage matches featuring League of Ireland teams this weekend.
Teams representing Cork City and Cobh Ramblers from U13 upwards were due to play over the coming days.
The original decision to continue with those competitions had drawn the ire of many involved with the grassroots game, with the Cork Schoolboys League submitting a complaint earlier this week on the issue.
Now they'll have to revert to non-contact training in pods of 15 the same as adult and underage amateur soccer.
"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 Women’s 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."