The GAA have contacted county boards, urging them to be "ready to move quickly" with regards to club fixtures, as they step up preparations in the event that the Association is given the go-ahead to stage matches this year.
While Croke Park chiefs stressed that there would be no return to action until they had been given the all-clear by Government and other relevant authorities, they advised that counties should currently be preparing a range of different options should their clubs be allowed to return to action at any point this year.
Last week, a hastily-convened Special Congress saw significant powers transferred to the GAA's management committee, which will allow them to make quicker decisions with regards to the make-up of their competitions.
And in a presentation to boards, the GAA outlined how counties can make similar moves and advised how they could apply for a derogation from rule from the Director General's office to change their championship formats.
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Croke Park urged counties to prepare plans for a multitude of different scenarios and competition structures, based on the varying amounts of weekends that may become available, including a straight knockout format, a 'back-door' system and even smaller round-robin group stages.
The presentation was designed to help counties get into a position where they could stage altered championships, should the opportunity arise.
It also asked boards to allow for a two-week run-in before any games were played.
The GAA revealed that it was "looking at the possibility of a sizeable club window coming first if attendances are restricted" and advised that any return to county action would follow that.
Centrally, the GAA are exploring a range of options for the inter-county game but it's thought an eight-week, straight knockout format - which would retain the provincial format and use the existing draws for 2020 - has come under strong consideration.
In recent days, a number of leading medical experts have cast doubt as to whether contact sports will be in a position to resume this year as the Covid-19 pandemic continues around the globe.