England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have announced a joint bid to host Euro 2028, and will drop proposals to stage the 2030 World Cup.
The football associations in the UK and Ireland are confident they will be confirmed as Euro 2028 hosts, SSN has been told, with no rival bid to host the tournament.
The move to full-time status for 22 Northern Ireland players comes ahead of their UEFA Women's Euros bow in July.
Britain and Ireland are considering a joint bid to host Euro 2028 - which would mean scrapping plans to stage the World Cup in 2030.
Follow all the drama as England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland learn their fate in the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League draw.