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List of rule changes in GAA for 2020 – Gaelic Football League and All Ireland

There will be four rule changes in GAA for 2020, the main ones being a two-tier championship, Sin Bin, and change to mark.

GAA President John Horan hailed the ‘democratic nature’ of the GAA after the motion was passed at today’s Special Congress in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Horan declared: “I’m delighted for the Leitrim’s and Wicklows of this world who initially approached me to see could we get this on the floor of Central Council.

“It gathered momentum and I was quite surprised that we were coming to a Special Congress 18 months into my term; I thought it would have taken longer.

“I’m delighted for Leitrim and Wicklow and it shows the democratic nature of our organisation that two counties could ask for a change of this nature.”

As always some people were not as happy “From what I gather, eight of the counties who could be involved next year voted against it, That doesn’t bode well for the inaugural staging.” said the former RTE pundit and Roscommon manager

List of Rule Changes

(1) Two Tier Championship

Counties competing in Division 3 and 4 of the Allianz League for 2021 will not contest the All-Ireland Football Championship. They may play in it if they reach their respective provincial final. This will lead to the bottom 16 teams of the league playing in an as-yet-unnamed second-tier competition.

(2) GAA Mark

Players who take a ‘mark’ or clean possession inside the oppositions 45 will be rewarded with a free-kick. Players can choose to play on or signal to the referee that they wish to take the free instead. This can be brought back to the 13m line for balls caught between there and the end line. The proposal, which was trialed in the 2019 League.

(3) GAA Sin Bin

If a player gets a black card they will now spend will spend 10 minutes off the field. No substitute allowed, reducing his side’s numbers for that period. A second black card, or a black following a yellow, will result in a red card. The player will sent off for the rest of the match.

(4) New GAA kick out rules

To try and avoid all the short kick-outs. All kick-outs must now be taken from the 20-metre line rather than the current mark of the 13m line. The ball must travel forward and all players must be at least 13m away and outside the D and 20m line when the kick is taken.


List of Division 1 teams – All eight are secured a place in All-Ireland

Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan & Tyrone

List of Division 2 teams – Top six will secure place in All-Ireland

Roscommon, Cavan, Fermanagh, Kildare, Armagh, Clare, Westmeath & Laois

List of Division 3 teams – Only top two secure place in All-Ireland

Cork, Derry, Down, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Offaly & Tipperary

List of Division 4 teams – No teams can secure place in All-Ireland

Antrim, Carlow, Limerick, London, Sligo, Waterford, Wexford & Wicklow

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