Saturday 17 August 2019

GAA inviting participation in calendar and fixtures survey

GAA President John Horan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
GAA President John Horan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The recently appointed GAA Fixtures Calendar Review Task Force is inviting association members and players to complete an online survey that will help shape their deliberations and findings over the coming months.

The committee, which has been in place since last month, has been asked by GAA president John Horan to draw up three proposals by the end of the year with a view to discussing them at Congress in 2020.

A number of GAA officials and stakeholders, such as the Club Players Association and the Gaelic Players Association, have an involvement on the new committee.

The survey contains a number of specific questions relating to scenarios the committee may be looking to explore.

With regard to the Allianz Football League, participants are asked if "the broad structures should be retained (or) the league moved to the summer months and adapted as the basis for a replacement of the current football championship".

The current round-robin structure in football is also addressed. The survey asks if respondents like the existing format, support it but feel it is having a negative impact on club fixtures and shouldn't be retained, prefer the old provincial/qualifier system or feel a round-robin system should be introduced earlier in the championship with the quarter-finals stage reverting to knockout.

The viability of the current provincial hurling round-robin series is also tackled in the survey.

The area of club activity also features prominently with questions centred on whether there is sufficient time to play club games.

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Participants are also asked if more time should be made available on the calendar for club games even if it comes at the expense of inter-county matches.

Expense Conversely, the prospect of more inter-county games being fixed at the expense of club fixtures is also put forward.

One of the final questions asks whether there was awareness that, between 2016 and 2018, the number of weekends available to counties to play club fixtures increased by 25 per cent.

A number of options are also provided to rate the success of the April 'club' month.

Those wishing to submit their ideas and broader thoughts on structures and the calendar can do so by emailing calendarreview@gaa.ie.

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