Wednesday 22 November 2017

GAA Football Review Committee proposes four eight-team provinces

Football Review Committee (FRC) Chairman Eugene McGee. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Football Review Committee (FRC) Chairman Eugene McGee. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Four eight team provincial championships is the headline proposal with an innovative way of establishing which teams should shift province to accommodate such an arrangement.

Losers of the three preliminary matches in Leinster and the preliminary match in Ulster would 'move' provinces to strike the eight team balance.

The beaten Ulster team would move to Connacht with the draw determining which two teams from games A, B and C in Leinster would move to Munster (two) and Connacht.

However that would lead to an imbalance in itself with some teams still remaining in the championship despite losing two games.

The FRC, the body that was behind the introduction of the black card earlier this year, have proposed that the 16 team first round qualifiers remain the same.

The FRC is also calling for the All-Ireland club championship to be completed in the same calendar year.

Eugene McGee's committee want provincial club finals to be completed by mid to late November.

They have also called for as many senior and intermediate club semi finals in counties to be played by early August with an insistence that the Central Competitions Controls Committee has "overall responsibility" for fixtures at all layers of the association.

The committee make a number of other proposals based on their findings which took soundings from almost 4000 people who responded to a detailed questionnaire in 2012.

As expected the FRC have given their approval to cutting the age of of the minor grade from under 18 to under 17.

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