New league and championship structures on the way for Leitrim GAA

Leitrim GAA officials say the changes to the county’s league and championship structures, which were approved at Sunday’s Annual Convention in Carrick-on-Shannon, will help improve the standard of club football in the county.

From 2020, the senior, intermediate and junior club championships will comprise 10 teams in each grade. It means that every single team in will be playing for their status during next year’s club championship.

For next year’s championship, three clubs from the senior championship, which currently has 12 teams, will be relegated to ensure there are 10 senior clubs for the 2020 senior championship.

Terence Boyle, Leitrim’s County board chairman, says the changes will benefit clubs of all sizes and grades.

The format of the league is changing too. From 2020 the Leitrim club leagues will be divided into three divisions of eight, eight and seven first teams as well as two Reserve Divisions.

In other Convention news, delegates passed a motion calling for the introduction of a Television Match Official or TMO for major GAA matches. The motion will now go forward to the GAA’s Annual Congress for consideration.

The presentation of Leitrim GAA’s annual accounts showed a small surplus of €9,124 for 2018.