Qualifier cue: where do all the counties go this year?
Published 26/05/2016 | 02:30
The allocation of placings in the All-Ireland football Qualifiers has proved hugely significant in recent seasons as it predetermines which side of the draw counties will enter following elimination from the provincial championships.
It limits who various counties can meet in all qualifying rounds and also shapes the All-Ireland quarter-final pairings.
QUALIFIERS 2016 : HOW THEY WORK
Counties are allocated to the A and B sides of the draw in a 16-16 split before the Championship starts. They remain on the A or B sides all the way (see below) for as long as they last in the Qualifiers,
Counties who don't reach the provincial semi-finals play in Rounds 1A and 1B. Four winners in each group play off in Rounds 2A and 2B against the eight beaten provincial semi-finalists.
Round 3 features four play-offs (two each in 3A and 3B) with the winners playing the four beaten provincial finalists.
Here's how the counties are divided this year.
A: Carlow, Louth, Laois, Wicklow, Meath, Dublin, Derry, Tyrone, Cavan, Armagh, Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Kerry, Waterford,Tipperary.
B: Longford, Offaly, Wexford, Kildare, Westmeath, Fermanagh, Antrim, Donegal, Down, Monaghan, London, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick, Cork.
The teams in the draw for Round 1 are as follows:
Round 1A (4 games): Carlow, Wicklow, Derry, Leitrim, Louth or Meath, Dublin or Laois, Cavan or Armagh, Tipperary or Waterford.
Round 1B (4 games): Longford, Wexford, Antrim, Offaly or Westmeath, London or Mayo, Clare or Limerick, Down or Monaghan, Fermanagh or Donegal.
The qualifiers begin on June 18 (1A) and June 25 (1B).