The Northern Ireland Football League are set to confirm today that the final league placings in the Irish Premiership will be determined by an independent panel which should see Linfield enter the Champions League next season and Coleraine play in the Europa League.
It would also be a surprise, given what has happened in some other leagues around Europe that concluded without finishing all their games, if Linfield are not declared champions.
The Blues are currently top of the table and are four points clear of second-placed Coleraine with seven matches left.
It is also believed that Championship leaders Portadown will be confirmed for promotion to the top flight.
Tonight, the Irish FA should ratify that they will finish their Challenge Cup competition, at the semi-final stage, in July as the 2019-2020 campaign finally gets resolved having been called to a halt way back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The NIFL board met last night after an earlier meeting of the Irish Premiership clubs, which started at 9am yesterday, when there were significant developments.
Previously Linfield and Coleraine had stood alone on the thorny subject of distributing Uefa funds, gained by those sides who qualified for Europe, but at a meeting, described by one source as "a shambles", things changed when other clubs supported a proposal put forward by the Blues.
Linfield's plan was to conclude the season and have an independent panel appointed to determine final league placings.
They have consistently put forward a case for themselves and the Bannsiders to enter the Champions League and Europa League respectively on sporting integrity grounds should the season finish early, given they are first and second in the league with 31 out of 38 games played.
Linfield and Coleraine have declared that they are open to making a contribution to what is now being classed as a “Hardship Fund” for the Irish League.
Both the Blues and Bannsiders would work together with NIFL and the IFA in such a scenario.
The other proposal on the table yesterday morning was from Glentoran and referred to nominating European places after 22 league games and a distribution of European funds amongst the clubs.
It is understood Ballymena United, Cliftonville and Glenavon backed Linfield and Coleraine, giving their alliance a total of five. That proved to be a larger number than for the Glentoran proposal which it is believed had the backing of the Oval outfit, Crusaders, Larne and Institute.
Sources say Warrenpoint Town and Dungannon Swifts opted to abstain while Carrick Rangers didn’t feel they could vote for either option as neither covered all aspects of a conclusion to the campaign.
With effectively a 5-4 majority with three no-votes, Linfield and Coleraine came out of the meeting smiling.
Prior to that it was agreed by majority that the season should end without any more games being played given that all matches would have had to go ahead behind closed doors.
That scenario was never on the cards.
What looks on the cards is promotion for Matthew Tipton and his Portadown players, though that could mean relegation out of the Premiership for bottom club Institute.
NIFL had been planning to make a statement last night but that will now be released today.
Previously, Linfield rejected a Crusaders proposal to resolve the impasse before presenting their own suggestion for breaking the deadlock.
The Blues felt that Crusaders’ proposal to divide money among Premiership, Championship and Premier Intermediate League sides represented too much of a financial blow to the club.
Before that the majority of Premiership sides had already rejected plans to finish the season on the pitch by playing two more rounds of fixtures, meaning teams would have played each other three times, or for an independent panel to choose a mathematical formula that would determine final league standings.
There had also been talk of legal action in the biggest controversy to hit Irish League football.