League of Ireland clubs will be given state support in advance of the kick-off of the new domestic season in March.
The season will begin with fixtures being played behind closed doors meaning a large amount of clubs’ income will once again not be available to them.
The campaign will commence on March 19 and clubs have already received €3.6 million from the FAI that is to be evenly distributed amongst the various clubs.
On Thursday, FAI officials held a meeting with the Department of Sport in an attempt to secure further state funding so that the season could go ahead as planned.
Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers confirmed that the Government would issue funding to the league.
“Positive engagement with the FAI today. I made clear the Government’s support for the return of the League of Ireland. It’s important for the football community that our national league commences,” tweeted Chambers on Thursday.
“I also provided assurances that we will provide additional supports in the period ahead. Work is continuing on the safe return of grassroots football when the public health situation allows.”
Shamrock Rovers will be hoping to regain the title that they won last season when the League of Ireland kicks-off in March.