GAA Football

Alterations made to proposed new football rules

The SCPR has proposed extending the 'attacking mark' to any catches made inside either 45'.

THE Standing Committee on Playing Rules will push ahead with the proposal to limit the number of consecutive handpasses in football to three, but have made alterations to three of their other proposed new rules.

Perhaps the most significant change is the extension of the proposed ‘attacking mark’, which would see a player making a clean catch inside either 45-metre line now rewarded with a mark.

The initial proposal had been that the mark would apply inside the 20-metre line, but following a consultation period and analysis of trial games in which the rules were used, the SCPR are proposing extending it to any catch made in open play inside the two 45s.

The committee has also decided to relax restrictions on the positioning of players from kickouts. It had initially been proposed that only two players from each side would be allowed between the two 45s on a restart, but that idea has now been abandoned.

It’s replaced by all kickouts having to pass the 45’, with fears about the viability of that in certain conditions answered by bringing the kick out to the 20-metre line rather than the 13’.

The SCPR also confirmed the expected change to the implementation of the yellow card, whereby a player would have had to receive three to be sent off under the original proposal.

That has now been returned to two, and the 10-minute sin bin would therefore only apply to players receiving a black card.

The proposals on the limit of consecutive handpasses, and banning sideline kicks from being played backwards, will go before Central Council as they were.

They will meet this weekend to determine which rules will be used on an experimental basis in the 2019 pre-season competitions and Allianz Leagues.

None of the rules will be in-play in next year’s championship but if the trials prove successful, they could become permanent from 2020.

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