THE FRC has made a number of proposals specifically to help reduce flashpoints and causes of needless frees in games and is suggesting heavier penalties for deliberate fouling and cynical play.
In the interests of fairness to players, the FRC proposes that a distinction between 'Accidental' and 'Deliberate' fouls be written into the rules, with only 'Deliberate' fouls invoking a card punishment. Players issued with a yellow card should be subject to mandatory substitution for the remainder of the game. After a team has been given three yellow cards, any further yellow card will mean the player going off with no substitution
The FRC also proposes that all offences currently attracting a 13-metre sanction should attract a 30-metre sanction in order to further reduce the player or team penalised seeking to slow down play for tactical reasons which leads to frustration for the other team and often unsightly bunching, shoving and delaying tactics.
The FRC also proposes that, in addition to the existing rules, if the player who commits a foul has the ball he must place the ball on the ground immediately and retreat the required distance. Failure to do so should attract a 30-metre sanction.
The proposals including an advantage rule, the Mark and the option of the clean pick up will make Gaelic football a better spectacle and help to reduce inconsistency in the game. The use of the public clock will be proposed for Croke Park and other major county grounds for inter-county games.
Some of these proposals within the report passed at Congress will start in the 2013 season and there are other proposals which, if passed, will become operative in January 2014.
These include the new yellow card system, an amended version of the pick-up, and the introduction of the 'mark' for kick-outs, which reach the 45 metre line.
There are also proposals to improve fixture making for club players, to uniformly improve coaching standards and to enhance the status and respect for referees.
As the adult club game has an average of just 32 minutes with ball in play and due to the modern fitness levels of club players, there is also a proposal to make the adult club game a 70 minute match.