Sunday 30 April 2017

Proposed changes

Under what was proposed by the Dublin clubs, the All-Ireland quarter-finals would have fallen along these lines:

Phase 1

(provincial champions):

Meath v Kerry,

Tyrone v Roscommon.

Phase 2

(Losers of ) Meath/Kerry v Down/Kildare/Dublin/Cork;

(Losers of ) Tyrone/Roscommon v Down/Kildare/Dublin/Cork.

Given the compression of July on the calendar and the probable desire to give beaten provincial finalists more than six/seven days' recovery, it would push at least two rounds of the championship well into August.

Round 5 and the All-Ireland Phase 1 qualifiers could probably be played on the same weekend, with Phase 2 taking place a week later. A similar system is used to determine the top eight in the AFL.

Irish Independent

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