Monday 26 June 2017

Boylan calls for changes to the rules

Former Meath manager Sean Boylan believes that some subtle rule changes could help put the “adventure” back into football. Photo: Sportsfile
Former Meath manager Sean Boylan believes that some subtle rule changes could help put the “adventure” back into football. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Meath legend Sean Boylan has called for changes to playing rules as part of a bid to take "decisions on the field of play and not in a boardroom".

The four-time All-Ireland-winning manager is part of the Standing Committee on Playing Rules that is chaired by Armagh's Jarlath Burns, a role he took up after the passing of Dublin GAA stalwart Dave Billings.

And the committee is understood to be considering bringing proposals to Congress in Carlow next month. Details are yet to be finalised but it's understood that the 'mark', a 'tap and go' option from a free and the addition of an extra 30 seconds of play for each substitution made are among the rule changes being considered by the committee.

Positive

And Boylan believes those changes would help reward positive play and the some of the skills of the game and reduce the number of times on-field incidents are settled by disciplinary bodies.

"When somebody pulls somebody down they can say they're doing that for the team but let's start rewarding the good things, that's what I would like to see happening," Boylan commented.

"I would hope some of the things that are being introduced will help to reward (positive play).

"In other words, that you would be taking the decisions on the field of play and not in a boardroom.

"I would just love to see us getting to that stage.

"Are you talking about rewriting (rules) to bring clarity? When you see lots of things being sorted out in a (boardroom) that's not the spirit of where we come from or what it's about."

Boylan also believes that some subtle rule changes could help put the "adventure" back into football.

"I miss the physical contact in the air. It's such a huge part of the culture of the game and it is a physical contact sport and that's why people go - to see that.

"I hate to see the adventure taken out of it or the risk taken out of it because that's what the sport is about, having a go at it and having a cut at it."

Irish Independent

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