GAA Football

National Football League finals to stay for 2023

Kerry's David Clifford and Joe O'Connor celebrate victory in this year's National League Division One final victory over Mayo Picture by Philip Walsh

THE National Football League's divisional finals will go ahead as normal next year after Saturday's meeting of the GAA's ard comhairle decided against any change for 2023.

It had been suggested before the Croke Park meeting that the league finals were to be scrapped across all four divisions in football in order to facilitate the inter-county Championship commencing a week earlier. This year, the league finals in football and hurling were played on the first week of April, just two weeks before the start of the Championship. However, central council decided against any change for the year ahead.

Meanwhile, next year's All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final will take place on the last Sunday in July. This year's decider between Kerry and Galway took place at Croke Park on July 24 and another high summer date of July 30 has been rubberstamped by Headquarters.

A November 24 date has been set for the return to collective training for senior inter-county teams.

The 2023 Joe McDonagh Cup final is to be played as a double-header alongside the All-Ireland U20 hurling final, while the U20 development leagues are to be retained for at least another year.

Also at the weekend, the GAA announced that former president Mary McAleese has agreed to act as an independent chair of the integration process between the Camogie Association, the GAA, and the Ladies' Gaelic Football Association.

Mark Dorman will work alongside the north Belfast native as project manager of the integration process. A timeline on discussions between the three associations will be agreed in the coming weeks to advance the project.

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