GPA wants 2020 All-Ireland Championships to be concluded in calendar year

The Gaelic Players Association has been mandated to seek a conclusion of the 2020 All-Ireland Championship within the calendar year.

In an email sent out to their members this weekend seen by Sky Sports, the players’ body outlined the results of their survey surrounding the GAA’s return-to-play roadmap.

The formats of the intercounty championships are yet to be announced, although the GAA indicated there is a possibility that they may spill over into January and February of next year.

Currently, intercounty matches are set to resume from October 17, with no training sessions allowed before September 14 with the club game given precedence before that.

According to the GPA survey, players were “strong and forthright in [their] views” in four areas:

  • That competitions must be completed within the calendar year
  • There should be a minimum four-week window between the completion of club championships and the first intercounty game
  • A defined off-season must be set out before the 2021 season begins
  • Any intercounty training session organised before September 14 must be covered by the GAA Injury Benefit Scheme

Regarding the structures of the competitions themselves, they said that if the football championship is to be run off on a straight knockout basis, it ought to be an open draw without provincial competitions.

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