CARLOW GAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PROPOSAL

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All Ireland Senior Football Proposals

Objectives:

Provide an improved programme of fixtures to facilitate fixture planning.

Provide a logical and fairer pathway to the All Ireland Final.

Provide competition at appropriate standard and provide for future development .

Retain Provincial Championships and their importance.

Provide additional dates to allow structure of Provincial Championships to be modified as required by each province.

Provide all counties with the opportunity to compete for the Sam Maguire Cup.

Method:

Uncouple the link between the provincial championships and the All Ireland in the current year to facilitate fixture making.

Use previous years Championship results and the current year NFL to grade counties.

Structure:

The All Ireland Championship will be seeded.

The eight teams who contested the previous year’s Provincial Championship Finals will be the top seeds.

Second seeds will be the beaten semi finalists in the Provincial Championships.

Third and fourth seeds will be determined by finishing positions in the National Football League of the current year.

Seeding could look something like this example:

Tier 1 (Top Seeds) Tier 2 (2nd seeds) Tier 3 (3rd Seeds) Tier 4 (4th Seeds)

Dublin Clare Tyrone Offaly

Donegal Kildare Down Antrim

Mayo Westmeath Laois Leitrim

Kerry Roscommon Cavan Carlow

Meath Tipperary Armagh Waterford

Monaghan Galway Limerick Wicklow

Cork Fermanagh Louth London

Sligo Derry Wexford New York

As the higher tiers have the advantage of seeding, the lower tiers will have home advantage in Rounds 1 and 2.

Competition Format

Round 1

Tier 3 teams v Tier 4 teams with Tier 4 teams at home.

Counties from the same province will be separated where possible in the draw or at the very least no duplication of provincial championship pairings allowed.

Round 2

Tier 2 teams v the winners of Round 1.

Counties from the same province will be separated where possible in the draw

or at the very least no duplication of provincial championship pairings allowed.

Round 3

Tier 1 teams v the winners of Round 2 in the last 16.

No duplication of provincial championship pairings allowed

Quarter Finals

Open draw between the winners in Round 3.

Semi Finals

Open Draw

All Ireland Final

Possible Fixture List

May Provincial Championships Rd 1 ties

May

May All Ireland Round 1

May

June Provincial Quarter Finals

June All Ireland Round 2

June

June Provincial Semi Finals

July

July Leinster Final –  Munster Final

July Ulster Final – Connaught Final

July

Aug All Ireland Round 3

Aug

Aug All Ireland Quarter Finals

Aug

Sep All ireland Semi Final

Sep

Sep All Ireland Final

Sep

Benefits

Success is rewarded with seedings.

All teams can play for the All Ireland.

Provincial Championships will be of huge importance – once the first year is completed it’s relevance will be established. It will not result in any loss of significance because of the new format. Provincial Champions will be rewarded with a guaranteed last 16 place in the following year.

Teams not making the Provincial Finals will want to finish as high as possible in the NFL.

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