Monday 10 December 2018

GAA clarify football rules changes timetable after meeting with the GPA

GAA president John Horan. Photo: Sportsfile
GAA president John Horan. Photo: Sportsfile

Frank Roche

THERE will be an opportunity to review the experimental Gaelic football rule changes before the start of next year’s Allianz Football League.

That was the chief nugget of news contained in a joint-statement issued by the GAA and the Gaelic Players Association following a meeting earlier today involving GAA president John Horan and the GPA’s new chief executive, Paul Flynn.

Earlier this week, the GPA had spelled out its opposition to 'trialling' so many new rules during the league, instead advocating that the five changes be embraced solely for the provincial pre-season competitions that kick off with Leinster’s O’Byrne Cup on Saturday week.

It remains to be seen whether today’s development can be viewed as a partial victory for the GPA, but it’s bound to ratchet up speculation that some of the proposals could come under renewed January fire if they cause obvious practical problems over the coming weeks.

The statement reads as follows: "The GAA and GPA can confirm that a meeting took place in Croke Park earlier today that included GAA president John Horan and GPA CEO Paul Flynn. 

"The meeting was held at the request of the GPA to seek further clarification on the process for the introduction of the trial playing rules in Gaelic football.

"It was noted that the initial part of the rules experimentation will take place in the upcoming provincial pre-season competitions.

"The GAA confirmed that there will be an opportunity at the next scheduled meeting of Ard Chomhairle (Central Council) on January 19 to review the proposals ahead of the Allianz Leagues.

"The GPA have agreed to continue to liaise with the Standing Committee on the Playing Rules between now and January,” the statement concludes."

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