Wednesday 21 August 2019

Central Council to decide fate of football rule experiments

Leading officials are to discuss the experimental rules introduced for pre-season provincial competitions and NFL at tomorrow's Central Council meeting with a view to supporting motions at a Special Congress later this year in Cork. Stock photo
Leading officials are to discuss the experimental rules introduced for pre-season provincial competitions and NFL at tomorrow's Central Council meeting with a view to supporting motions at a Special Congress later this year in Cork. Stock photo
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Leading officials are to discuss the experimental rules introduced for pre-season provincial competitions and NFL at tomorrow's Central Council meeting with a view to supporting motions at a Special Congress later this year in Cork.

Five rules were originally approved for trialling last November and while one, the prohibition of more than three consecutive handpasses, was binned after the pre-season competitions were completed, the other four were in place with varying degrees of success.

The Playing Rules Committee, which recommended the introduction of the experiments, will deliver a report to Central Council which is also discussing proposals for a second-tier championship.

An attacking mark, kick-outs from the 20-metre line, a 10-minute sin-bin instead of dismissal and replacement of the player, and sidelines that can only be kicked forward are now expected to be approved as motions for the Special Congress, likely to be on October 19 in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

The Committee has evaluated the experiments and taken feedback from players which has been broadly positive. If the rules get the green light from Central Council and at the Special Congress, they would come into force for all 2020 games.

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