Group format plan for GAA football championship

All-Ireland quarter-finals to go under director general's proposal

4th August, 2016
New format for All-Ireland football championship proposed Picture: Inpho

The plan will add eight extra matches to the provincial and All-Ireland senior football championship programme, but the overall inter-county programme will increase by only six as the Allianz League semi-finals are to be abolished.

The main innovation is a proposal to replace the quarter-final stage of the championship with a group stage contested by the four provincial champions and the four round four qualifier winners. Four teams will emerge from this stage to contest...

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