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Gaelic football to return from May 15th

Apr 8, 2021 15:04 By Dave Hooper
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GAA action to resume from June 15th

Inter-county Gaelic football and hurling will return from the weekend of May 16th as the GAA announce their 2021 fixture list.

The All-Ireland football and hurling championships will once again be straight knock-out with the Allianz league to begin first.

In a detailed statement, the GAA have announced that the 2021 fixture list will be upheld with the original programme set for 27 weeks to be moved to 20 weeks.

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There will be no Tailteann cup in 2021, London and New York have both been excluded from the football championship.

Preparation window and games provisions:

  • Return to collective Senior inter county training on April 19th

No return dates as of yet for collective inter county minor or U20 training – current exemptions only relate to Senior level. The below provisions guarantee a minimum of 5 games for each Senior County Football and Hurling team (all bar 3 counties guaranteed 6 games in Hurling)

  • Objective – balance
  • Ensuring sufficient games at inter-county
  • League v Championship
  • Club window (2020 and 2021)
  • Inter county completed by end of August
  • Original Programme announced in December – 27 weeks; new programme is 20 weeks
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Allianz Leagues

  • Run from May 15th/16th to potential League finals weekend on June 19th/20th.
  • Divisions will be split into North and South as planned in December.
  • 4 teams in each group – based on geography.
  • 3 Round Robin games per team.
  • Top two in each Divisional group to league semis, followed by league final*.
  • Bottom two in each Divisional group to Relegation semis – losers (2) relegated.
  • Bottom teams in Division 4 to Shield semi and final.
  • Changes to what was originally announced: London will not be participating.

*League finals will only be played (on June 19th/20th) if Counties involved are not playing in the Championship on the following weekend.

In that circumstance, Div 1 – joint winners; Div 2, 3, 4 – joint winners and promotion.

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2021 Football Championships

  • Provincial knock-out Championships
  • No Qualifiers
  • New York and London NOT involved
  • No Tailteann Cup in 2021

2021 Club Window Provisions

  • Important to note that we still do not have permission to return to club training or games yet (only training in pods of 15 allowed in the North)
  • However, calendar is set up in such a way that:

Club competitions with county players can take place as County teams exit the Championships (in football, teams start exiting from the end of June; in Hurling July 10th) [RESTRICTIONS PERMITTING]

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From August 1st, all Counties bar All Ireland Semi-Finalists in Football and Hurling, and the teams in the Div 1 Hurling Relegation play off, will be free to stage club competitions with county players.  [RESTRICTIONS PERMITTING]

Additionally, the commencement of the Provincial Club Championships will be delayed until Mid-November.

Provinces have been requested to ensure Clubs from teams in the senior inter-county All Ireland Semi-finals and Finals will not be involved in the earliest round of the relevant Provincial Championship (where possible).

  • Senior Provincial Club Championship will most likely start in or around the weekend of Nov 20/21 (dates to be finalized by each Provincial Council).
  • All Ireland Senior Club Finals are provisionally scheduled for the weekend of February 12th/13th 2022.
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