GAA and GPA to Meet Over New Rules

GAA President John Horan insists they’re not a “kneejerk organisation” despite agreeing to meet with the GPA over incoming football rule changes.

The Players Association is unhappy that the changes are to be trialled in next year’s Allianz Leagues.

The limiting of three consecutive handpasses is the rule with which the GPA have the biggest problem, with 96 per cent of their membership believed to be against it.

Horan says the decisions of Central Council are unlikely to be reversed so quickly.

Overview of how new rules came about

June/July 2018: Consultation process with County Boards in relation to Playing Rules

July 2018: Meeting with Chairperson, Referee’s Development Committee

October 2018: Consultation process with Senior Intercounty football players/managers/referee’s on proposed playing rules for experimentation

October 2018: 9 trial games held to identify any unintended consequences/challenges arising from the possible implementation of the proposed playing rules for experimentation.

November 2018: Following review and analysis of consultation responses/feedback from key Stakeholders/trial games/data sets, SCPR finalised its position in respect of proposed playing rules for experimentation to be submitted to An Coiste Bainistíochta and Ard Chomhairle for decision.

The research carried out by the standing committee on the playing rules

The total number of hand pass ‘chains’ containing 4 or more hand passes has grown by 20% in the past 7 seasons.

If the situation remains unchanged, by 2024 and the next SCPR Experimental proposals, the number of kick passes in an average game of inter-county Gaelic football will be between 90 and 95.

Almost 6 in every 10 players surveyed strongly agreed/ agreed with the proposal to introduce a sin-bin sanction for black card infractions.

The number of kick outs passing the 45m line has fallen 40% since 2011 although players do not like this proposal.

Former Leitrim footballer spoke to Kevin McDermott about the future of Gaelic football. The Gortletteragh clubman says “you need something that is interesting and high-scoring”

“ you are getting to the stage with games sometimes coming up to half-time in games where you’re saying I don’t know whether I’ll watch the second half”

“The GAA haven’t been afraid of change. We’ll try the new rules and see but it will be needed to be implemented in major competition to see if it will work or not”.

“Hopefully they’ll tweak the new rules and hopefully it will bring it into an open game”

Take a listen to their full conversation on the future of gaelic football here: