Hurling and camogie

At a glance - the key motions up for debate at today's Special Congress at Croke Park

Galway's Conor Cooney and Waterford's Shane Fives battle for the ball during the All-Ireland SHC final earlier this month. Picture by Hugh Russell
Neil Loughran

A Special Congress takes place today to consider potential restructures to the All-Ireland senior, U21 and minor championships. Here are some of the key motions:

LIAM MacCARTHY CUP

Motion Two (CCCC/Central Council)

* Confine the Liam MacCarthy Cup to 10 teams – five in Munster and five in Leinster

* Provincial Championships to be run on a round-robin basis, with each team having two home and two away games

* Winners in each province qualify for All-Ireland semi-finals

* Third-placed teams would meet beaten provincial finalists in All-Ireland quarter-finals

* One team from either Leinster or Munster relegated, replaced by winners of newly-proposed Tier Two Championship

* Tier Two competition comprises six teams, reduced to five in 2019

* Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard Cups to become round-robin competitions

Motion Three (Tipperary)

* Confine the Liam MacCarthy Cup to 10 teams – five in Munster and five in Leinster

* Munster and Leinster remain knockout competitions with a Qualifier system

* Tier Two winners must win a play-off in order to be promoted

Motion Four (Dublin)

* No change to current provincial system

* Change Qualifier system so that four round one winners go straight into All-Ireland quarter-finals

* Provincial champions would play in one of the four quarter-finals

Motion Five (Cork)

* Retain current provincial championships

* Change Qualifier system so that four round one winners go straight into All-Ireland quarter-finals

* All-Ireland quarter-finals played on round-robin basis, same as ‘Super Eight’ football format

ALL-IRELAND U21 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP

Motion Nine (CCCC/Central Council)

* Reform U21 championship to include Galway and agreed Ulster teams in Leinster

* Provincial winners go straight into All-Ireland final

Motion 10 (Offaly)

* Galway U21s play in Munster and any Ulster teams that wish to do so play in Leinster

Motion 11

* All-Ireland U21 semi-finals to continue between Munster and Leinster finalists

ALL-IRELAND MINOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP

Motion 12

* Chosen Ulster teams, as agreed by Ulster and Leinster Councils, to participate in Leinster minor championship

* Galway to enter at a round-robin stage with beaten finalists from Munster and Leinster

* Two of those three qualify for the All-Ireland semi-finals

MOTIONS TO FACILITATE THE PLAYING OF CLUB GAMES

Motion 13 (CCCC/Ard Chomhairle)

That Rule 6.40(a) Tournament games be amended to permit inter-county tournament games to be organised up to the U16 grade only

Motion 14 (CCCC/Ard Chomhairle)

That Rule 6.41(b) Challenge games be amended to provide that after the conclusion of the national hurling and football League, an inter-county challenge game in that code may only be played on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (except within the period specified in Rule 6.22(a) in accordance with which inter-county players are not expected to fulfil inter-club championship games). A penalty for breach is provided

Motion 15 – CCCC/Ard Chomhairle

That Rule 6.22 (a) Inter-county players’ availability to clubs be amended by reducing by three days the periods during which inter-county players shall not be expected to fulfil inter-club championship fixtures prior to inter-county championship games in the same code i.e. All-Ireland finals reduced from a maximum of 20 days to 17 days and all other games from a maximum of 13 days to 10 days. A penalty for breach is provided

Motion 16 (CCCC/Ard Chomhairle)

That Rule 3.6(a) of the rules of specification be amended to provide that, if a game in the All-Ireland football Qualifiers, knock-out games in the National Leagues and provincial club championships end in a draw after extra-time, that two additional periods of extra-time of five minutes each shall be played and, if still level after the additional extra-time, the result will be determined by a free-taking competition, the Regulations for which will be determined by the Central Council

Motion 17 (CCCC/Ard Chomhairle)

That Rule 3.6(b) Rules of Specification be amended to provide that if a replay of a provincial senior championship final ends in a draw after extra-time, two additional periods of extra-time of five minutes each shall be played

Motion 18 (CCCC/Ard Chomhairle)

That Rule 6.40(k) be amended to provide that adult pre-season inter-county competitions organised by provincial councils shall be completed before the final round of games in Division One of the respective National Leagues

AGE GRADES

Motion 20 (Minor Review Workgroup/Ard Chomhairle)

(1) That underage age grades at club level be altered from U12, U14, U16 and U18 to U11, U13, U15 and U17.

(2) That the lower age level eligibility at different levels should not be altered.

PLAYING RULES

Motion 21 (Standing Committee on Playing Rules/Ard Chomhairle)

This relates to the kick-out in football.

(1) The proposal is that the ball must additionally travel ‘outside the 20-metre line’ before being played by another player of the defending team

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