The GAA is set to vote on a proposal for a two tier football championship at a Special Congress later next month according to RTE Sport. The meeting will be held at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in on October 18th.
The GAA’s top brass attending meetings on Saturday last to discuss two proposals. This was despite calls from the GPA to suspend the talk and their vote. RTE Sport report that if the motion is passed then only teams from Division 1 and division 2 of the Allianz league will be eligible for the All-Ireland qualifiers along with teams from Division 3 and 4 that make their provincial final.Division 3 and 4 teams will play in a separate championship which will be run on a knockout.
For me it is similar to the Tommy Murphy Cup that was introduced back in 2004. That competition ran till 2008, but it was abolished due to the lack of interest from teams. Essentially the GAA are looking at giving everyone a chance of winning some kind of silverware. The provincial championships will remain the same will which will mean the one- sided games will remain.
The meeting also addressed the three experimental rules which will be forwarded. These rules are taking all kickouts from the 20m line rather than the 13m line, introducing 10 minutes sin bin for players that pick up a black card and of course awarding a mark for a clean catch inside the oppositions 45m line. The Central Council also looked to amend the schedule of the Super 8’s for 2020.
In Round 1 of the Super 8 group stages the four provincial winners will have home advantage against a team from the qualifiers. It was also agreed that the winners of the round 1 group games play each other in their respective fixtures in round 2. The losers of the round 1 games will also meet in round 2 in their respective fixtures. This will probably cancel out needless dead rubber games as was the case this year with Tyrone and Dublin in Omagh.
It remains to be seen what will happen but exciting times ahead I guess with new formats looking likely to happen.