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https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2020/1218/1185397-inter-county-set-to-come-first-in-gaas-2021-calendar/

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The GAA will finally confirm the structure for the 2021 club and inter-county calendar early next week.

RTÉ Sport understands that the 2021 season will commence with inter-county first, with the championship series running until the middle of July.

From there, club championships will commence and will incorporate county, provincial and All-Ireland series until mid-December when All-Ireland club football semi-finals will be held.

It's expected the template will be unveiled on Monday after weeks of intense debate and scrutiny at executive and management level.

Having been set for launch three weeks ago, the template was put on hold as concerns were expressed about the financial viability of staging an inter-county season first with the ongoing lack of gate receipts a huge concern for some.

With tight public health restrictions also expected through January, the prospect of going with club first was considerably weakened.

And following a period of reflection and further consultation with county chairpersons and management committee last weekend, an 8pm meeting of Central Council tonight gave the green light to kickstart the 2021 campaign with inter-county action.

It's understood that this will see the return of county teams to pre-season training on the weekend of 16-17 January.

And it is expected that the Allianz Leagues will begin on the weekend of 27-28 February, with the football divisions divided in two on a regional basis.

This will see Dublin, Galway, Roscommon and Kerry grouped together in a Division One group with the four Ulster teams - Monaghan, Tyrone, Donegal and Armagh in the other.

Division Two will see Down, Westmeath, Meath and Mayo in one section with Cork, Clare, Laois and Kildare in the other.

Division Three will feature Derry, Fermanagh, Longford and Cavan in one section with Limerick, Wicklow, Offaly and Tipperary in the other.

Meanwhile, Division Four sees Carlow, Wexford, Waterford and London, (their participation is down to the Connacht Council) in one group with Leitrim, Antrim, Louth and Sligo in the other.

As expected, every county will have a minimum of four league games, and there will be semi-finals for a place in the decider and for relegation.

There will be no April club-only month with the intercounty season imminent at that juncture. The hurling league will see two groups of six in Division One with no quarter-finals or semi-finals. The league final will take place on the second weekend in April, a week after the football finals.

Minor and U-20 football competition will commence a month later - on the weekend of 27/28 March.

This would allow the inter-county senior football championship to start on 17-18 April with the hurling championship commencing a week later. The U-20 hurling championship will run from 22 May until 10 July.

It is believed that a backdoor will be available to counties in both hurling and football.

It is likely that the 2021 All-Ireland minor hurling and finals will be played on 22-23 May.

The Tailteann Cup final (second-tier football championship) is also in the template and set to be played at the end of June with the All-Ireland hurling final down for the weekend of 10-11 July – the same weekend that the Under-20 hurling final takes place.

The All-Ireland senior football will be fixed for the weekend of 17-18 July.

A week later, on the 24-25 July, the club county championships will commence.

The start of the provincial club championships is down for the 16-17 October, running through until the start and middle of December when the hurling and football club semi-finals respectively will be played.

Last Friday night, the clear majority of county chairpersons favoured this template.

It was presented to the GAA Management Committee last Saturday and, again, received the green light at tonight's Central Council meeting.

Two comprehensive plans had been initially compiled – one draft focusing on playing inter-county first, while the other templated revolved around a club-first system would like.

But with those public health restrictions expected once again throughout the early stages of the new year, running a club championship would have been exceptionally problematic as only elite athletes could compete under Level 5 restrictions.

A club-first 2021 season would have seen teams return to full contact training in late February and play right through until the All-Ireland club finals which would have been played on 14/15 August.

The inter-county season would have commenced on 31 July and concluded in late December.

However, the huge support for a county-first approach was again reflected at tonight's meeting and an official GAA announcement heralding the intercounty start is due early next week.

Meanwhile, the GAA's standing playing rules committee also made a number of recommendations to tonight’s Central Council meeting.

These are set to be adapted as motions ahead of the 2021 Annual Congress in February.



There's a detailed GAA presentation here - https://wetransfer.com/downloads/47925017ba90bc4a1c01acc63169befb20201219135910/3cac7d

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Re: 2021 Schedule - All Ireland Championship wrapped up by mid-July
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2020, 09:53:56 PM »
Good news for Cavan and Tipperary.



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Re: 2021 Schedule - All Ireland Championship wrapped up by mid-July
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2020, 10:18:05 PM »
will all ireland final be a Saturday would be a great occasion to have it on a saturday in july 5pm throw in

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Re: 2021 Schedule - All Ireland Championship wrapped up by mid-July
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2021, 05:03:33 PM »
Training to resume in the 6 Cos from 12th April.
If current case numbers continue here hard to see any go ahead being given till after that.
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Re: 2021 Schedule - All Ireland Championship wrapped up by mid-July
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2021, 06:09:38 PM »
It's not even full training from 12th April. Can be no more than 15 players.

You'd wonder when games will ever start given how slow we are to even be allowed pack on the pitch

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Re: 2021 Schedule - All Ireland Championship wrapped up by mid-July
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2021, 07:53:21 PM »
It's not even full training from 12th April. Can be no more than 15 players.

You'd wonder when games will ever start given how slow we are to even be allowed pack on the pitch

It's a starting point and hopefully we'll get a summer of club or county action.

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Re: 2021 Schedule - All Ireland Championship wrapped up by mid-July
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2021, 08:00:54 PM »
Can they not do a open draw? Provincials bar Ulster are too predictable.

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Re: 2021 Schedule - All Ireland Championship wrapped up by mid-July
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2021, 08:28:47 PM »
Can they not do a open draw? Provincials bar Ulster are too predictable.

The AI championship is more predictable than the Provincials, should we just get rid of that?

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Re: 2021 Schedule - All Ireland Championship wrapped up by mid-July
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2021, 08:55:11 PM »
Can they not do a open draw? Provincials bar Ulster are too predictable.

Dublin winning Leinster and the All-Ireland is predictable.

Tipperary are the current Munster champions. The last five Connacht winners was Mayo, Roscommon, Galway, Roscommon, Galway which is the far from predictable.

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Re: 2021 Schedule - All Ireland Championship wrapped up by mid-July
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2021, 09:00:22 PM »
Can they not do a open draw? Provincials bar Ulster are too predictable.

The AI championship is more predictable than the Provincials, should we just get rid of that?
From seeing your posts over the last while it would appear that that is actually what you want

Meanwhile you seem to be a keen fan of Scottish soccer, which has been ultra-competitive for the last decade, I think


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Re: 2021 Schedule - All Ireland Championship wrapped up by mid-July
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2021, 09:59:22 PM »
Can they not do a open draw? Provincials bar Ulster are too predictable.

The AI championship is more predictable than the Provincials, should we just get rid of that?
From seeing your posts over the last while it would appear that that is actually what you want

Meanwhile you seem to be a keen fan of Scottish soccer, which has been ultra-competitive for the last decade, I think

It's steadily looking more likely that it will slowly reach it's conclusion. You have the traditionalists hoping Kerry break Dublin's stranglehold but that would only prolong the misery. We have reached the point of no return.
My kids have no interest in intercounty football. They play the game competitively, but they'd never get caught up in what they see as the same inevitable result every year. It's just too boring. I'd imagine this is becoming a common theme around the country.

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Re: 2021 Schedule - All Ireland Championship wrapped up by mid-July
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2021, 10:09:25 PM »
Can they not do a open draw? Provincials bar Ulster are too predictable.

The AI championship is more predictable than the Provincials, should we just get rid of that?
From seeing your posts over the last while it would appear that that is actually what you want

Meanwhile you seem to be a keen fan of Scottish soccer, which has been ultra-competitive for the last decade, I think

It's steadily looking more likely that it will slowly reach it's conclusion. You have the traditionalists hoping Kerry break Dublin's stranglehold but that would only prolong the misery. We have reached the point of no return.
My kids have no interest in intercounty football. They play the game competitively, but they'd never get caught up in what they see as the same inevitable result every year. It's just too boring. I'd imagine this is becoming a common theme around the country.

Your kids didn't lick it off a  stone . Terrible to be brainwashed like that.  Think of all the Leitrim supporters every year. Mayo had every to win All Ireland 2012-2017. An outstanding team.

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Re: 2021 Schedule - All Ireland Championship wrapped up by mid-July
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2021, 12:39:02 AM »
Can they not do a open draw? Provincials bar Ulster are too predictable.

The AI championship is more predictable than the Provincials, should we just get rid of that?
From seeing your posts over the last while it would appear that that is actually what you want

Meanwhile you seem to be a keen fan of Scottish soccer, which has been ultra-competitive for the last decade, I think

It's steadily looking more likely that it will slowly reach it's conclusion. You have the traditionalists hoping Kerry break Dublin's stranglehold but that would only prolong the misery. We have reached the point of no return.
My kids have no interest in intercounty football. They play the game competitively, but they'd never get caught up in what they see as the same inevitable result every year. It's just too boring. I'd imagine this is becoming a common theme around the country.

Your kids didn't lick it off a  stone . Terrible to be brainwashed like that. Think of all the Leitrim supporters every year. Mayo had every to win All Ireland 2012-2017. An outstanding team.

You could also think of a lot of other counties. Meath, Kildare, Offaly, Laois - why just pick Leitrim? Speaking of Brainwashed, I bet you are one of those people who think this Dublin team/squad are a one in a generation and money has had nothing to do with their success?

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Re: 2021 Schedule - All Ireland Championship wrapped up by mid-July
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2021, 11:09:43 PM »
The Scottish cup is better than the league as other teams have a chance with a bit of luck 

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Re: 2021 Schedule - All Ireland Championship wrapped up by mid-July
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2021, 09:53:53 PM »
Can they not do a open draw? Provincials bar Ulster are too predictable.

The AI championship is more predictable than the Provincials, should we just get rid of that?
From seeing your posts over the last while it would appear that that is actually what you want

Meanwhile you seem to be a keen fan of Scottish soccer, which has been ultra-competitive for the last decade, I think

It's steadily looking more likely that it will slowly reach it's conclusion. You have the traditionalists hoping Kerry break Dublin's stranglehold but that would only prolong the misery. We have reached the point of no return.
My kids have no interest in intercounty football. They play the game competitively, but they'd never get caught up in what they see as the same inevitable result every year. It's just too boring. I'd imagine this is becoming a common theme around the country.

Your kids didn't lick it off a  stone . Terrible to be brainwashed like that. Think of all the Leitrim supporters every year. Mayo had every to win All Ireland 2012-2017. An outstanding team.

You could also think of a lot of other counties. Meath, Kildare, Offaly, Laois - why just pick Leitrim? Speaking of Brainwashed, I bet you are one of those people who think this Dublin team/squad are a one in a generation and money has had nothing to do with their success?
Its all about perspective. Leitrim look at Galway/Mayo and think they can't compete with them. Mayo look at Dublin and think they can't compete with them and Mayo think because they can't win things are unfair.