No relegation from 2020 Clare championships, clubs can still be promoted

June 20, 2020

Celebration time for Sixmilebridge. ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan.

There will be no relegation from the 2020 Clare football and hurling championships while clubs can still be promoted.

Clare GAA have put forward new proposals for this year's hurling and football championships. The decision to rule out relegation will result in two teams being demoted from each grade in 2021.

The senior hurling championship will be run on a knock-out basis as normal but a more condensed format. With sixteen teams in an open draw, the eight first round winners will be drawn against the eight first round losers for quarter-finals places. Then, the eight second round losers will enter a senior B championship.

In the senior football championship, the group stage format has been replaced by a knock-out system with the six first round winners drawn against each other in the second round for semi-final places. The six first round losers will enter a play-off section and one will fill the remaining semi-final place. A senior B football championship will take place between the second round losers and first round play-off losers.

The senior hurling and football championship finals are both scheduled to take place on weekending 27 September but this could be subject to change depending on the GAA's Return To Play plans.

Revised dates for 2020 Clare senior hurling and football championships

31 July - SHC round 1

7 August - SFC round 1

14 August - SHC round 2

21 August - SFC round 2

28 August - SHC round 3

4 September - SFC round 3

12 September - SHC semi-finals

19 September - SFC semi-finals

26-27 September - SHC final, SFC final

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