Since the League competition was reasonably successful, let's see who can topple David McKeown in the white-hot Championship contest.

The Championship Competition will be run week by week. Since there must be a result on the day in every game except the All-Ireland final, contestants must pick the team that advances.

Pick the winning team correctly and you get 1 point. A bonus point is available for getting the margin of victory correct, within a 3-point band. Band 1 is 1-3 points, so if you pick 1, 2 or 3 point margin, you get the bonus point. Band 2 is 4-6 points; Band 3 is 7-9 points, and so on upward in 3-point increments.

Contestants need only pick the margin of victory in points, as was in the League competition. I’ll translate it to bands as I input the selections. So a pick that reads “Tyrone by 2” and if Tyrone win by 1,2 or 3 you get the bonus point in addition to the 1 point for getting the winning team correct. There is no additional bonus for getting the margin exactly right.

Extra time is not considered here…if Tyrone win by 2 after 70 minutes or after extra time, the margin of victory is 2. The only difference is for a game that is decided by penalties: the winning team is deemed to have a 1 point winning margin, no matter how many penalties are taken.

**The Tailteann Cup will also be included in the competition**.

I foresee a maximum of 14 weeks in the championship season and for ease of viewing, here is the announced schedule (although there may be schedule changes along the way):

**Week 1**

Saturday 16 April

Ulster SFC preliminary round: Fermanagh v Tyrone

Sunday 17 April

Connacht SFC quarter-finals: London v Leitrim; New York v Sligo

**Week 2**

Saturday 23 April

Ulster SFC quarter-final: Antrim v Cavan

Sunday 24 April

Connacht SFC quarter-final: Mayo v Galway

Leinster SFC round 1: Laois v Wicklow; Louth v Carlow; Offaly v Wexford

Ulster SFC quarter-final: Donegal v Armagh

**Week 3**

Saturday 30 April

Leinster SFC quarter-final: Dublin v Offaly/Wexford; Westmeath v Longford

Ulster SFC quarter-final: Monaghan v Down

Sunday 1 May

Connacht SFC semi-final: Roscommon v New York/Sligo

Leinster SFC q-finals: Kildare v Louth/Carlow; Meath v Laois/Wicklow;

Munster SFC quarter-finals: Clare v Limerick; Waterford v Tipperary

Ulster SFC quarter-final: Derry v Fermanagh/Tyrone

**Week 4**

Saturday 7 May

Munster SFC semi-final: Cork v Kerry

Sunday 8 May

Connacht SFC semi-final: London/Leitrim v Galway/Mayo

Ulster SFC semi-final: Donegal/Armagh v Antrim/Cavan

**Week 5**

Sunday 15 May

Leinster SFC semi-finals: TBD

Munster SFC semi-final: Tipperary/Waterford v Clare/Limerick

Ulster SFC semi-final: Monaghan/Down v Fermanagh/Tyrone/Derry

**Week 6**

Saturday 21/Sunday 22 May

All-Ireland SFC preliminary round (If required); Tailteann Cup preliminary round (If required)

**Week 7 **

Saturday 28 May

Leinster SFC final: Munster SFC final

Sunday 29 May

Connacht SFC final; Ulster SFC final

Saturday 28/Sunday 29 May

Tailteann Cup round 1

**Week 8**

Saturday 4/Sunday 5 June

All-Ireland SFC round 1; Tailteann Cup quarter-finals

**Week 9**

Saturday 11/Sunday 12 June

All-Ireland SFC round 2

**Week 10**

Sunday 19 June

Tailteann Cup semi-finals

**Week 11**

Saturday 25/Sunday 26 June

All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals

**Week 12**

Saturday 9 July

Tailteann Cup final

Saturday 9/Sunday 10 July

All-Ireland SFC semi-finals: Connacht* v Ulster*; Leinster* v Munster*

*the provincial champions or the team that defeats them in the quarter-final

**Week 13**

Sunday 24 July

All-Ireland SFC final

**Week 14**

Saturday 6 August

All-Ireland SFC final replay (if required)