New league formats up for discussion

New league formats up for discussion
Donegal GAA will hold their annual regulations meeting on Monday night next January 27th in Jackson’s Hotel, in Ballybofey.

Donegal GAA will hold their annual regulations meeting on Monday night next January 27th in Jackson’s Hotel, in Ballybofey.

In all, there are 54 regulations from 11 clubs up for discussion with the bulk of them in relation to football leagues and championships, while there are also a number relating to hurling leagues and championships.

While the proposed regulations cover all aspect of the playing of the various competitions in football and hurling, the greatest number of proposals centre around the All-County-Football Leagues.

Those proposals vary from a radical overhaul of the current league structures and the formation of a three division structure replacing the existing five league system by county champions Glenswilly. They are proposing a 15 team Division One, replacing the current nine team Division One. The 15 teams to be drawn from the current nine in Division One and the top six in Division Two at the end of 2013. The teams would play each other once, 14 games (7 at home and 7 away) with the fixtures reversed the following season.

Under this proposal Divisions Two and Three would be made up of 12 teams each to play each other home and away which would give each team 22 games per season. These divisions be made up of the bottom teams in last year’s Division Two, Three Four and Five.

The top teams in Divisions Two and Three being promoted with bottom teams in Divisions One and Two automatically relegated while the second from the bottom would play-off off with the second from the top of the lower league to determine their status for the following season.

The current relegation playoff system at the bottom of Divisions One, Two and Three is also under threat from a number of clubs. Both Four Masters and Naomh Muire are proposing that the second and third from bottom of the league play-offs be replaced with the second from the bottom being relegated along with the bottom team.

A number of proposa,l too, are in favour of midweek games with Ardara proposing that this apply where teams are no further than 40 kilometres apart. There are a number of proposals too encouraging a stricter adherence to the fixtures schedules laid down.

In relation to the senior football championship Kilcar are proposing where teams meet in the group stages of the championship they cannot be drawn against other in the quarter-finals.

Killybegs are proposing that the Intermediate championship be played on a round robin basis similar to the senior championship. Carndonagh are proposing a €5 charge of entry to all club games in the county in 2014

For a full lists of the match regulations that have been proposed see