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Junior Ex Laoistalk:
Gaelic Football. National Leagues.

It is believed that the National Gaelic football leagues will start from Saturday February 27th and run until the league finals on Sunday April 4th. The four divisions will be split into two, North and South.

Division 1 North
Donegal, Tyrone, Monaghan, Armagh

Division 1 South
Kerry, Dublin, Roscommon, Galway

Division 2 North
Meath, Down, Mayo, Westmeath

Division 2 South
Clare, Cork, Laois, Kildare

Division 3 North
Derry, Fermanagh, Longford, Cavan

Division 3 South
Limerick, Wicklow, Offaly, Tipperary

Division 4 North
Leitrim, Louth, Antrim, Sligo

Division 4 South
Wexford, Carlow, Waterford, London*
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Each team will play three group games, with a draw deciding which counties get two home games. The top two in each group progress to their respective league semi-finals. This will then be followed by a league final.

The bottom two teams in Division 1-3 will go into the relegation semi-finals with both losers moving down a division for 2022.

Bottom two teams in Division 4 will play a Shield semi-final and then final.

*Londonís participation will be decided based on restrictions in 2021.



The 2021 inter-county senior football championship is scheduled start on 17-18 April.

Provincial championships followed by qualifiers will take place with no Super 8s, replaced instead by the old quarter-final knockout format.

Any team in Division 3 or 4 (outside Cavan and Tipperary) that do not reach their provincial finals will take part in the Tailteann Cup.

It is believed that the games will be knockout with semi-finals taking place as a double header in Croke Park on Sunday June 6th. The final will be curtain raiser to the All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final on June 26/27.

Hurling.
Hurling is believed to be following a similar format to normal years in the National Leagues with the counties split into Division 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a and 3b. The only difference being that there will be no quarter or semi-finals.

Championship will stay as a knock-out format with back-door qualifiers.

Club Championships.
The main club championship window will take place from July 25th to October 24th..

recyclebin:
So Cavan and Tipperary get an exemption  ::) Mayo too if they get relegated presumably  ::)

Why do the GAA always have to over complicate things. I thought they only did that kind of thing in the Hurling i.e. change the format every year to prevent some of the big counties getting knocked out early or relegated to lower division. It makes a mockery of the second tier.

Why can't they be more like the ladies and call the second tier championship what is too, Tailteann cup is the Junior championship and Sam Maguire is the Senior. It should not be linked to the league or provinces after the first season, and it should have promotion and relegation.

The inter county hurling grades are even worse with about five different grades with obscure names instead of Senior, Intermediate, Junior A, B & C.

We are almost as bad in Laois with our Senior A hurling which as far as I can tell should be called intermediate!

clonadmad:

--- Quote from: recyclebin on December 21, 2020, 10:25:52 PM ---So Cavan and Tipperary get an exemption  ::) Mayo too if they get relegated presumably  ::)

Why do the GAA always have to over complicate things. I thought they only did that kind of thing in the Hurling i.e. change the format every year to prevent some of the big counties getting knocked out early or relegated to lower division. It makes a mockery of the second tier.

Why can't they be more like the ladies and call the second tier championship what is too, Tailteann cup is the Junior championship and Sam Maguire is the Senior. It should not be linked to the league or provinces after the first season, and it should have promotion and relegation.

The inter county hurling grades are even worse with about five different grades with obscure names instead of Senior, Intermediate, Junior A, B & C.

We are almost as bad in Laois with our Senior A hurling which as far as I can tell should be called intermediate!

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Senior A hurling championship in laois is changed nearly a year at this stage

Do Keep up

recyclebin:
Sorry, don't follow the hurling too much. Can someone explain what Premier Intermediate is?

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