The Senior Inter-County GAA Season came to a conclusion at the weekend but the 2021 winners are expected to be decided within the next seven months.
Whether we will be able to attend matches in person is of course, still subject to getting Covid-19 under control.
Proposals that are expected to be signed off this week will include the Senior Men’s Football Championship running from April 18th to July 18th and the Hurling Championship running from the weekend of April 25th to a Final on July 11th.
Provincial Championships will be retained with the Leinster Hurling Championship including Galway and Antrim next year. Hurling will continue on a knock out basis as it did this year, with a qualifier system in place to give all sides at least two games.
In Football, the Tailteann Cup will be introduced for Division Three and Four sides that have not reached their Provincial Final. It is expected though that as reigning Provincial Champions from 2020 Cavan and Tipperary will be included in the Sam Maguire Cup competition.
The Final of the competition is scheduled to take place on the last weekend in June and to be played at Croke Park.
The Allianz Leagues are expected to commence on the last weekend in February with each Division split into four teams along regional lines.
In Division One Kerry, Dublin, Roscommon and Galway will play on one side with Armagh, Donegal, Monaghan and Tyrone on the other. Each team will play each other once within their group. The top two on each side will then go into a semi-final and the bottom two into a relegation playoff.
The Finals will take place in Football on the 4th April with the Hurling one week later.
It is hoped that Minor and U20 competitions in both codes will take place in parallel to the Senior Championships and that the Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cups will be played out in the spring, subject to public health advice.
The inter-county season concluding in July would then allow for a Club season that should run through to October at County level and then with provincial and national titles being decided across November, December and January.
2020 has tough us that we need to expect flexibility when it comes to our sporting fixtures but drawing up a timeline for competition is an essential part of sports administration.
Details of the proposed League, Championship and club competitions in Camogie and Ladies Football will be confirmed shortly as well.
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