GAA’s Central Council votes ‘green’ on football championship proposals

The GAA’s Central Council has voted in favour of the ‘green’ proposal to revamp the structure of the All-Ireland football Championship.

The proposal, which retains the Allianz Football League and provincial championships in the current format, with round-robin groups for the Sam Maguire and Tailteann Cup competitions, will be the only proposal going before Annual Congress in February.

The red proposal, which could see a round-robin provincial championship in February and March of 2023, followed by a national league type championship from April., was withdrawn at the start of Saturday morning’s virtual meeting.

Donegal GAA Chairman Mick McGrath welcomed the decision and said the green proposal was inclusive for all counties and was progressive for the game’s restructuring.

The successful ‘green’ proposal had the backing of Croke Park officials, the four provincial councils and the Gaelic Players Association.

However, it’s understood that the tweaked ‘red’ proposal had attracted decent support from players involved with Division 3 and 4 counties.