The FAI has confirmed its interest in hosting matches at Euro 2020.
The decision to take the European Championship on the road for its 60th anniversary was taken at a Uefa meeting in Lausanne earlier this week.
Up to 20 cities will bid to stage matches at the 24-team tournament with the bidding process getting underway in March. A final decision will be made by the European governing body in spring 2014.
Ireland, along with Scotland and Wales, was tentatively mooted to stage the whole tournament at one stage but was one of 53 Uefa nations to approve the plan to stage Euro 2020 across the continent.
The exception was Turkey, which had designs on hosting the competition in the same summer as the summer Olympic Games.
An FAI spokesperson told the Irish Independent: "We welcome the news. We are interested in being a host venue and this development takes that prospect into concrete territory."