Sport Gaelic Football

Monday 18 December 2017

Going through the motions


  • Referees will no longer be asked to review a video of incidents which might have warranted a tougher sanction. Up to now, the referee could be asked to watch a video clip of the incident and decide if he had taken the correct action. Disciplinary bodies will not be entitled to review an incident where the referee has made a decision, but can investigate if he missed it.
  • Replays will return in all drawn provincial first round and quarter-final games as well as All-Ireland quarter-finals. For the past few years, extra-time applied in those games.
  • Semi-finals will be restored to Division 1 of the Allianz hurling and football Leagues next year.
  • Match, rather than time bans, will apply on a trial basis for players who are sent off in the 2012 Allianz Leagues and Championships.
  • Proposals for playing rule changes can be brought before Congress by a special Central Council committee any year. Up to now, they could only be brought forward every five years.


  • The November-December training ban for senior inter-county remains in place. Laois sought to allow training begin on December 1, but their motion, which required a two-thirds majority, lost on a 54-46pc vote.
  • Antrim wanted the All-Ireland club championship completed before the start of the Allianz Leagues in early February. Roscommon, Offaly and Donegal supported Antrim, while speakers from Cork, Kerry, Dublin, Wexford, Tipperary and Armagh opposed. The motion won on a 57-43pc vote, but failed as it required a two-thirds majority.
  • Monaghan's attempt to tweak the football qualifier system so that beaten provincial finalists got a minimum 13-day break before playing a fourth-round qualifier was carried on a 60-40 pc vote, but failed as it required a two-thirds majority.
  • Wicklow's proposal for the introduction of a 'back door' system in the U-21 football championship was heavily beaten.
  • Louth wanted umpires to be appointed by fixture-makers rather than by the match referee, but got little support.
  • Mayo's proposal to restore an All-Ireland Masters' Championship (over 40) was beaten.
  • Limerick proposed introducing a special minor hurling championship (Mick Mackey Cup) for teams which don't make it to the Munster and Leinster finals, but lost on a 71-29pc.


  • Central Council proposed making the wearing of mouth guards mandatory in football, but it was deferred pending further examination.

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