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The GAA’s rules fixture task force will seek to have the first of their recommendations written into rule at Congress later this month. (Stock photo)

The GAA’s rules fixture task force will seek to have the first of their recommendations written into rule at Congress later this month. (Stock photo)

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The GAA’s rules fixture task force will seek to have the first of their recommendations written into rule at Congress later this month. (Stock photo)

The GAA's Rules Advisory Committee has sought to clear up any ambiguity regarding the eligibility of players for underage club competitions.

This time last year many counties had to apply for derogation so that players who were U-17 could play for their clubs in U-21 competition. Central Council had ruled that they couldn't but this was at odds with the wording of the rule.

In the latest rule book it states that eligibility for U-21 is a "five-year span" which would incorporate U-17s by any understanding.

However, a proposed rule change would deem a player eligible for U-21 to have celebrated his 17th birthday prior to January 1.

The GAA's rules fixture task force will seek to have the first of their recommendations written into rule at Congress later this month.

While their flagship inter-county fixtures proposals have been set aside for Special Congress later in the year, a number of motions have been framed which, with the approval of Central Council, will be put before Congress.

Among them are the completion of the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups by the fifth and seventh Sundays of the year, a timeline currently in place, and the completion of the post-primary football competitions by the end of January to clear the way for the U-20 football championship which will be played in February and March, also the subject of a rule change. The post-primary hurling competitions will have to be completed on or before March 17.

A fixtures oversight committee will also be established if Congress gives approval, while a player who plays league for his county will not be eligible to play for his U-20 football team in that same year, another Fixtures Task Force recommendation.

Irish Independent


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