Leitrim convention agrees to championship overhaul

Radical changes are to be introduced to the league and championship-structure in Leitrim.

The number of teams in the 2020 senior and intermediate championships is to be cut from 12 to ten, with a round-robin series to be introduced.

At present, the county board feels the number of teams competitive in these competitions is reducing every year.

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Proposals placed to clubs at today’s convention in the Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon were passed with widespread support.

At senior level, there’d continue to be 12 teams in a seeded championship next year, but in 2020, this would be reduced to ten.

There’d be two groups of five, with each team playing each other in a round-robin series.

The top-placed team in each group will qualify for the semi-finals.

The second and third-placed teams will play in quarter-finals, while there’d be a open draw in the semi-finals, with the top-placed teams in the groups stages kept apart in this draw.

The bottom-placed team in each group would play each other, with the losing team relegated.

This format would apply at intermediate level after a seeded championship next year, also meaning that by 2020, the number of intermediate teams will be cut from 12 to ten.

Changes to the format of the league were also passed, with premier and secondary competitions to be introduced across five divisions.

This is in attempt to ensure a greater spread of games throughout the year.