Broad support for second-tier football championship

November 24, 2018

A general view of Croke Park.
©INPHO/Cathal Noonan.

There was broad support for the introduction of a second-tier football championship at today's Central Council meeting.

It was agreed to discuss possible formats at the January meeting of Central Council to allow a motion to proceed to Congress in February.

Meanwhile, a Roscommon motion with regard to a ‘blank canvas’ approach to fixture making was defeated.

GAA President John Horan invited them to submit their own proposals with regard to fixture making for consideration. 

The GAA will conduct its own review of fixtures starting early next summer and a representative of the CPA will be invited to take part in the process.

GAA Master Fixture Plan

The following CCCC proposals relating to the Master Fixture Plan were all were passed...

Allianz Hurling Leagues

Proposal 1

Allianz Hurling Leagues in 2019 to be run on the same basis as in 2018. From 2020 onwards, Allianz Hurling League Division 1 to be structured as follows:

Division 1 - Group A

1st Placed team 2019 Div 1A

4th Placed team 2019 Div 1A

Winner of Div 1A relegation play-off

2nd placed team 2019 Div 1B

3rd placed team 2019 Div 1B

Promoted Div 2A team

Division 1 – Group B

2nd placed team 2019 Div 1A

3rd placed team 2019 Div 1A

Loser of Div 1A relegation play off

1st Placed team 2019 Div 1B

4th placed team 2019 Div 1B

5th placed team 2019 Div 1B

Groups to run on a two year cycle (2020, 2021)

To be redrawn for 2022 and every two years thereafter based on formula above (“5th placed team Div 1B” to change to “Relegation final winners” for this purpose).

Relegation from 2020 onwards to be after Relegation Play-Off between bottom placed team in Group A and Group B.

Winner of Div 2A final is promoted annually to replace relegated team

1st placed team in each group to advance directly to Allianz Hurling League Semi Final

2nd and 3rd placed teams from each group to meet in “crossover” quarter finals (2nd 1A v 3rd 1B and 3rd 1A v 2nd 1B)

Hurling Championships

Proposal 2

Central Council to sponsor a motion to Congress seeking that Joe Mc Donagh Cup Final be Winner on the day

Proposal 3

That Central Council sponsor a motion to Congress making the All Ireland Hurling Preliminary Quarter Finals “Winner on the day”

All Ireland Senior Football Championship

Proposal 4

Central Council consider granting deviation from Rule 6.28 for the 2018 Championship to allow for Phase 1 games to be home venues for the provincial champions, with Phase 2 games being in Croke Park.

Proposal 5

For 2019, C.C.C.C recommends to Central Council that in accordance with Riail 6.28 the groupings for the 2019 Quarter Final Group stages should be as follows:

Group 1: Munster Winners, Ulster Winners, Leinster Runners-Up (or Rd 4 Winner), Connacht Runners-Up (or Rd 4 Winner)

Group 2: Leinster Winners, Connacht Winners, Munster Runners-Up (or Rd 4 Winner), Ulster Runners-Up (or Rd 4 winner)

U20 Football Championship

Proposal 6

Central Council to consider introducing the new U20 proposal as a one year experiment, with its scheduling and place in the calendar to be reviewed in Sept 2019

Proposal 7

Central Council to consider motion to Congress to allow players to be eligible for U20 once their Senior team has exited the All-Ireland Championship.

Minor Championships

Proposal 8

Minor Finals and Semi-Finals should remain in Croke Park in 2019 ahead of an evidence based recommendation from the Games Development Work Group on the matter

Finish on the Day Recommendations

Proposal 9

Central Council to facilitate motion to Congress to tidy up issues around Winner on the Day

Proposal 10

That instead of Free Pucks/Free Kicks, Central Council give permission to C.C.C.C to develop “Winner on the Day” proposals for the 2019 Season based around penalty pucks/penalty kicks instead of Frees.

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