Motions for Change in Cork Next Weekend

The GAA world will be focused on Pairc Uí Chaoinh this weekend as a Special Congress convenes to debate a number of potential rule changes, as well as the introduction of a second-tier All Ireland Football Championship.

That will be the first of five motions to be debated on Saturday, and voted on by delegates from around the country.

The proposal is that a Tier Two competition be introduced for all National League Division 3 and 4 Counties in the competition year.

That means big guns Cork, Down and Derry will have an opportunity to get back into Sam Maguire contention so long as they secure promotion.

Kildare and Roscommon are among the teams in Division two that will be looking over their shoulders.

Teams from the divisions that make it to their provincial final will be upgraded regardless but with Cork facing Kerry in the Munster semi Final that might not be a get out for the men from Leeside.

If the motion is passed it will then become a rush to sort out when and where the final would be played. Putting it on as a doubleheader with the battle for the Sam Maguire might put inordinate pressure on tickets for a game that always sells out and the Electric Ireland Minor Final would still have to be accommodated.

Putting it on the previous day might work but next year that will clash with the Notre Dame vs Navy College Football match at the Aviva Stadium and may be difficult from a policing perspective.

Other motions to be debated include the ‘Advanced Mark’ rule, the introduction of a Sin Bin and one amending the Kick Out in Gaelic Football.

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