Congress gives green light to new All-Ireland Football League structure

The Sam Maguire and Tailteann cuts will take turns next year after the ‘green option’ was overwhelmingly backed in Congress this afternoon.

Almost 95 per cent of Connacht GAA Center of Excellence Air Dome delegates backed the motion, which was put forward by Central Competitions Control Committee chairman Derek Kent.

The Gaelic Players Association, Fermanagh, Down and Ulster chief executive Brian McAvoy all spoke in favor of the proposal, while former GAA chairman Seán Kelly, whose 2012 plan is similar to the new format, endorsed it and emphasized that each county will play a minimum of four league games.

Conor O’Donoghue, a member of the fixture review task force, also endorsed the motion, but stressed there will be a particular focus on teams performing earlier in the year to qualify for the Cup. Sam Maguire.

The Provincial Knockout Championships will take place over five weeks and the eight provincial finalists will advance to the round robin stages of the Sam Maguire Cup. The other eight spots will be filled by the top finishers in this year’s Allianz League who have not yet progressed through the provinces.

GAA Chairman Larry McCarthy, left, and Chief Executive Tom Ryan at the GAA Convention at the NUI Galway Connacht GAA Air Dome in Bekan, Mayo Pic: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Of the four groups comprising four teams each, the winners will advance to the All-Ireland quarter-finals where they will be joined by the winners of the preliminary quarter-finals which will pit the four second-placed teams against the third-placed teams. The Tailteann Cup, which will also include New York, will be played on a similar format.

Concerns about dead rubbers in the round robin stages were raised by Kelly and O’Donoghue. However, CCCC secretary and GAA director of club, player and game administration Feargal McGill maintained that the risk of dead rubbers was lower than expected.

“The possibility of games that don’t make sense is tiny in the Greens’ proposal because each of the four places in a group will make sense – first, straight to the quarter-final, second, preliminary quarter-final at home, third, qualifies for the preliminary quarter-final, fourth, eliminated.

Meanwhile, the motion to introduce an U19 championship as a new minor grade at inter-county level from 2023 for a period of three years narrowly failed to receive the required majority support of 60% (55.6%) .

The Central Council had hoped that it would replace U17, which would in turn become a development level, and eventually the U20 level.

Games Development Committee Chairman John Tobin, Donegal Chairman Mick McGrath, GPA Chief Executive Tom Parsons, GAA Former Chairman Nickey Brennan, Connacht Secretary John Prenty and the Former Mayo Chairman Liam Moffatt, commenting on behalf of the Medical, Scientific and Wellness Committee, spoke out forcefully. in his favour.

Kildare CCC Chairman Mick Mullen, Galway Chairman Paul Bellew, Limerick Secretary Mike O’Riordan, Cavan Deputy Chairman Mark O’Rourke and Fermanagh have expressed their opposition or requested that it be postponed for further consideration.

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