GAA Reveal 2020 Championship Plan

The GAA have confirmed that this year’s truncated football championship will revert to its traditional format.

The four provincial championships will all be straight knock-out, with the winners advancing to the All-Ireland semi-finals, with games commencing on the October bank holiday weekend.

The All-Ireland hurling and football finals will both be played before the end of 2020, with the hurling on Sunday December 13th, and the football to follow six days later.

All games will finish on the day (i.e. extra-time and penalties) to be introduced in all inter-county knock out games including, the All-Ireland Finals at all levels.

The hurling championship will also see the round-robin provincial championships scrapped for this season, reverting to the traditional knockout format.

In the Connacht football championship New York will not be involved and London involvement will be involved pending travel restrictions.

The Tailteann Cup is be postponed until 2021.

Rounds six and seven of Allianz Football Leagues to be completed with the top team in each Division declared the League winner for that Division. These games will resume on weekending October 17th and 24th.

There will be no football league finals.

In hurling the Liam Mac Carthy Hurling Championship to revert to straight knock out provincial championship – 2 Round back door with All-Ireland Quarter finals with the New draw to be made for Leinster and Munster SH Championships (Draws to be made on Friday, June 26th)

The Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard cups are  to be straight knock-out. The beaten quarter-finalists enter Relegation semis. The Lory Meagher Cup is to retain existing format*

Participation of the Overseas Units from England in Ring, Rackard and Meagher Cups will have to be on the basis of all games being in Ireland (Football and Hurling); it is also based on no travel restrictions in place between Ireland and Britain *

(If it is not possible for overseas units to participate, alternative structures will be confirmed for the Ring, Rackard and Meagher Competitions and in particular in relation to Promotion, Relegation and the impact on the Leinster Council’s Hurling Championship motion passed at Congress 2020)

2020/2021 Provincial and All Ireland Club Championships will not take place and there will be no junior football in 2020.