Athletics board want Wales, Scotland and Ireland footballers to be involved in Olympics Games.
The British Olympic Association will ask the Football Associations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to allow their players to participate in London 2012.
The idea of the BOA is to select the cream of the talent from the British Isles to represent our football team at the Olympic Games.
This raises the prospect of Gareth Bale or Craig Gordon lining up with Jack Wilshere to win gold for Team GB United.
The FAW, SFA and the IFA have banned their footballers from agreeing to play because they are worried it may allow Fifa to unite Britain permanently.
Despite reassurances from Zurich this will not happen the FA have been told to select players from England alone.
Wembley chiefs are happy for the other countries to be involved but are worried about turning players against their own associations and inviting troubles with their clubs.
The FA and BOA are waiting for the selection criteria from Fifa and the International Olympic Committe, but this is expected to support their belief.
The FAW regard the Olympic football set-up as being discriminatory because teams are limited to under 23s plus three over-age players.
The BOA, already embroiled in a funding war with London 2012, will put pressure on the football bodies to ensure Team GB United does happen.
“We recognise and respect the concerns of the three countries, but there are precedents in other sports,” a BOA spokesman said. “If a player is picked, we want it to be his or her choice.”
Northern Ireland are most likely to change their mind as Ireland’s new FIFA ExCo member Jim Boyce wants Fifa to write into their rules that Britain will eve be permanently united.
“If those four British associations wanted me to pursue my suggestion that it was written in stone by the Fifa executive committee that participating in the Olympics as a one-off would not affect their independence, I would be only too happy to take that up on their behalf,” Boyce told Radio 5 Live.