The GAA published its roadmap for a return to play on Friday evening – and looks set to move even quicker than scheduled towards a return to play as conditions through the country in the battle to suppress Covid-19 appear more favourable.
Club and county football and hurling are set to return in 2020.
Counties will have an 11-week window from the end of July to complete club competitions before the intercounty season begins in mid-October.
The headline recommendations in the document are as follows:
- Club matches to return from July 31st
- Intercounty Championship from October 17th
- Fixtures schedule to follow by July 20th
- Full contact training from July 20th
- Intercounty teams can resume training from September 14th.
Non-contact training for club teams can resume from June 29th.
Croke Park will roll out Covid-19 education programmes for its players, underage parents, club officers and supervisors over the next two weeks.
The GAA’s Central Competitions Controls Committee (CCCC) will publish an intercounty competitions format over the next two weeks after setting Saturday, October 17th as the earliest start date.