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GPA Football Competitions Proposal with New All-Ireland Series

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Football Competitions
Proposal with New
All-Ireland Series

1.
Provincial winners guaranteed number one seed in All-Ireland Series

2.
Provincial winners have home advantage over 2nd seeds

3.
Provincial Championships played over a 6 week period in April and May

4.
Provincial Councils can structure competitions as they
see fit
WHY
CHANGE
THE
FORMAT?

1.
Majority of County Players surveyed favour change

2.
Administrators also accept that change could help maximise the potential of our games

3.
Changes will result in a more competitive National Football League

4.
Leagues and Provincial Championships linked to All-Ireland Series

5.
Change will significantly increase the games-to-training ratio
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE NATIONAL LEAGUE?
WHAT
ABOUT
THE CLUB SCHEDULE?
BASED ON THE 2016 CALENDAR:

1.
24 counties (non Provincial Finalists) are free three consecutive weekends in May for Club Programme

2.
All 32 counties are free on the 4th weekend of May to conduct Club Programme as appropriate

3.
Eight counties are free to resume Club Programme to completion from July 3rd

4.
24 counties are free to resume Club Programme to completion from July 17th

5.
Four more counties free to resume Club Programme to completion following August bank holiday weekend
6.
All-Ireland Finalists free after 1st weekend in September to complete Club Programme

7.
County schedule now includes designated mid-season 'club weekends'. This is to be agreed in managers' charters at start of season

8.
New format results in fewer Inter-County Championship weekends freeing up more Club weekends

9.
This can also be achieved without impacting the profile of county games in any way. In fact the new format will add significantly to the exposure and interest in all county competitions

10.
The vast majority of both club and county players would be in favour of this proposal over the situation as it currently exists
THE
ALL-IRELAND
SERIES
EXPLAINED
6.
Designated closed- and pre-seasons from November through January

7.
More structure and definition to both County and Club fixture programmes

8.
Increase number of Club weekends facilitating a more coherent Club fixture programme

9.
Increase number of high profile games in regional venues which will be a welcome boost to many rural economies

10.
More games for lower-division counties to assist their on-going development

11.
Strengthen profile of our games and players through more activity, TV and media exposure

12.
Boost in commercial revenue through higher gate receipts, more sponsorship opportunities and greater TV rights competition

13.
Increase unpredictability of results - what sport in general, and Gaelic games in particular, thrive on
1.
Retain National Football League in the current format but pre-season competitions are removed

2.
Squads can organise challenge games in preparation for NFL

3.
New format will allow for more definite closed- and pre-seasons

4.
As an example, based on 2016 calendar, the NFL could commence in the 2nd weekend in February, and be played over 8 weeks with a free weekend after round 4
5.
Final NFL positions determine seeding for Championship

6.
No NFL semi-finals/finals

7.
NFL Division winners determined by top-ranked teams in each division in traditional league style

8.
After the conclusion of group stages, if two teams have equal points, the higher ranked team will be decided by the following criteria:

a.
Head-to-head result

b.
Score difference between the two teams

c.
The overall highest scoring team

d.
Team with most goals scored

PROVINCIAL
CHAMPIONSHIPS
1.
In all Round Robin games, a team will be awarded two points for a win or one point for a draw

2.
Round Robin games - each team has three games in their group

3.
Bottom-ranked team in each group has home advantage against the top seed

4.
Two pools A & B, with four groups in each pool - by separating groups into pools games can be fixed on alternate weekends to facilitate extensive TV coverage and bigger attendances
9.
4th seeded teams guaranteed home advantage should they qualify to preliminary or last 16 stage

10.
Group winners play preliminary round winners in last 16

11.
After the conclusion of group stages, if two teams have equal points, the higher ranked team will be decided by the following criteria:

a.
Direct head-to-head result between these two teams

b.
Score difference between the two teams

c.
The overall highest scoring team

d.
Team with most goals scored
BASED ON RESULTS OF NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE HERE'S WHAT THE SEEDINGS WOULD LOOK LIKE THIS YEAR

FIRST SEEDS
Dublin
Cork
Monaghan
Donegal
Mayo
Kerry
Down
Roscommon

SECOND SEEDS
Tyrone
Derry
Meath
Galway
Cavan
Laois
Armagh
Fermanagh

THIRD SEEDS
Westmeath
Kildare
Tipperary
Sligo
Clare
Limerick
Offaly
Longford


FOURTH SEEDS
Louth
Wexford
Antrim
Leitrim
Carlow
Waterford
Wicklow
London
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS 2015
DIVISION ONE
Dublin
Cork
Monaghan
Donegal
Mayo
Kerry
Tyrone
Derry
DIVISION TWO
Down
Roscommon
Meath
Galway
Cavan
Laois
Westmeath
Kildare
DIVISION THREE
Fermanagh
Armagh
Tipperary
Sligo
Clare
Limerick
Louth
Wexford
DIVISION FOUR
Longford
Offaly
Antrim
Leitrim
Carlow
Waterford
Wicklow
London
HERE'S HOW THE NEW FORMAT WOULD FIT INTO THE 2016 CALENDAR:
WHAT
IS
THE
PROPOSAL?

October 2015
Here's how the full calendar for the year looks:
THE PROPOSED NEW STRUCTURE WILL IMPACT POSITIVELY ON THE REVENUES GENERATED FROM SENIOR INTER-COUNTY FOOTBALL COMPETITIONS AS FOLLOWS:


(These are conservative estimates from the GPA. Independent assessment from market experts, PSG Sponsorship, would indicate these projected revenues are indeed conservative. This analysis is available on request)

The projected impact on revenues only relates to the GAA centrally and does not take into account the commercial benefit accruing to counties as a result of competition restructuring

APPROX INCREASE IN COMMERCIAL INCOMES FROM PROPOSED NEW CHAMPIONSHIP STRUCTURE:
€1,700,000
In the event a Provincial Winner comes from outside Division 1, three teams from Division 1 will be seeded in Pot 2 i.e. the two teams relegated from Division 1, plus the last-placed non Provincial winning team

This will have a domino effect in lower divisions
IN THE EVENT OF A PROVINCIAL WINNER COMING FROM OUTSIDE DIVISION 1 (eg IF KILDARE HAD BEATEN DUBLIN IN THIS YEAR'S LEINSTER FINAL), HERE'S HOW THE SEEDING POTS WOULD LOOK

FIRST SEEDS
Dublin
Cork
Monaghan
Mayo
Kerry
Kildare
Down
Roscommon

SECOND SEEDS
Donegal
Tyrone
Derry
Meath
Galway
Cavan
Armagh
Fermanagh

THIRD SEEDS
Westmeath
Kildare
Laois
Tipperary
Clare
Limerick
Offaly
Longford


FOURTH SEEDS
Louth
Wexford
Antrim
Leitrim
Carlow
Waterford
Wicklow
London
In the above example Kildare must go to pot one as provincial champions but as both Kerry and Mayo also won their respective provincial titles they too retain seed one status. Therefore Donegal must move to pot no. two despite having ranked higher in final NFL standings than both Kerry and Mayo. This offers great incentive to teams outside Division 1 in Provincial competition but also encourages all teams in the NFL to finish as high up the league table as possible to avoid a situation where you could become displaced like Donegal and Laois in this example. This results in added competitiveness in league also.

Previous provincials winners outside of Division 1 include Monaghan 2013, Meath 2010 and Roscommon 2010
IN THE EVENT OF A DRAW IN THE KNOCKOUT SERIES – THAT IS GAMES IN THE PRELIMINARY ROUND, LAST 16 AND QUARTER- FINALS

• Extra time consisting of two 10 minute halves will occur to decide winner

• If teams are still level at that point there will be a second period of extra time with two additional 5 minute halves

• If teams are still level after the second period of extra time the result will be decided by a shootout from the 45m line – five kicks per team from the hand or the ground. Teams still tied will move into another 5 kicks from different players and then into sudden death

IN THE EVENT OF A DRAW IN THE SEMI-FINAL OR FINAL A REPLAY WILL OCCUR TO DETERMINE THE OUTCOME
5.
Top three teams in each group qualify for last 24

6.
Winners of each group straight into last 16

7.
2nd and 3rd placed teams from all groups enter open draw in a preliminary round to qualify for last 16. A 2nd placed team will play a 3rd placed team and teams from the same group cannot play each other in this round

8.
2nd placed team gets home advantage
Maintaining the Provincial Championships and connecting them to the new All-Ireland Series was considered important to the viability of this proposal.
The following explains how the Provincial Championships will be structured in the new format and how Provincial winners are prioritised:

GROUP STAGES OF ALL-IRELAND SERIES
Over the past number of years the debate has intensified around the need to change the senior inter-county football structures
with issues such as club fixture
schedules, fairness of provincial
competition structure, player
experience, schedule gaps,
spectator experience, revenue
generation and training v games
ratio arising. The following
points indicate the reasons
why change is favourable:
While the appetite for change has increased considerably in this decade, a number of fundamentals need to be incorporated in any proposal including the retention of the National League and the Provincial Championships
HOW IT WILL WORK
SCENARIO ONE
SCENARIO TWO
(THESE ARE FROM SCENARIO ONE ABOVE)
REVENUES
POOL A
POOL B
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