Friday 23 February 2018

FRC fixtures debate pushed back to June

Photo: SPORTSFILE
Photo: SPORTSFILE
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The second part of the Football Review Committee's (FRC) recommendations will not now be discussed until next month.

It had been planned to discuss the recommendations at last Saturday's meeting but time ran out and a decision was taken to hold a special meeting on Saturday, June 28 instead.

The next Central Council meeting is not scheduled until August.

The FRC recommendations on fixtures and competition structures have been in the public domain since last December.

It is intended to form a consensus ahead of next year's Congress as to what recommendations could be hardened into motions. County boards were asked in the lead-up to last weekend's meeting to discuss the recommendations.

A number of counties are opposed to creating four provincial competitions of eight teams by moving first-round losers in Ulster and Leinster into Connacht and Munster.

Almost every county that has discussed FRC 'part two', which calls for the International Rules series to be retained, is opposed, which should spell the end for all future series at the June meeting.

Some counties favour a shift from U-18 to U-17 for minor competition at inter-county level with the provision that U-21 grade is scaled down to U-19, but that is unlikely to gain enough support.

Irish Independent

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