Sunday 11 December 2016

Football league semis to be scrapped

Published 21/03/2016 | 02:30

GAA director-general Paraic Duffy Photo: Sportsfile
GAA director-general Paraic Duffy Photo: Sportsfile

This is the last year that semi-finals will be played in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League, following a Central Council decision to play a straight final between the top two.

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The 1 v 2 final applied for four seasons (2008-11) before reverting to the semi-final final system in 2012. The latest change arises from proposals made by director-general Paraic Duffy as part of his proposal package on player burnout and club fixtures.

Semi-finals will continue to be apply in the hurling League. There will be an increase in double-ups for hurling and football League weekends next year to make more room for club games.

Central Council also decided to defer the introduction of the 'mark' in football to next January. It was voted in by Congress in February but Central Council felt it would be wrong to ask players to adjust to it for this year's Championship.

U-17 championships will be played in 2017 to ensure that players eligible for that age group will have a competition in the calendar year. The minor age level will be reduced from U-18 to U-17 in 2018.

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