Plans for a Four Nations tournament involving Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Republic of Ireland have been put back because of fixture congestion.
Fixtures already in place for the next two years mean the competition will not be able to become part of the football calendar until 2011.
However, plans to play Four Nations matches in February and May in future seasons were given the go-ahead.
Representatives from England did not feature in the latest discussions.
The 'Celtic Cup' style tournament was initially set to begin in 2009 but with the 2010 World Cup qualifiers already in place, there was little prospect of the tournament beginning until 2011 for practical reasons.
The tournament would be held in one country on a rotational tournament-by-tournament basis with two games being played on match-days.
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