GAA propose Champions League-style group stage for football q-finals

All change on the way in the race for Sam Maguire?
All change on the way in the race for Sam Maguire?

GAA supremo Páraic Duffy today announced a radical new proposal for how the football Championship would run.

In a proposal published on the GAA's website today, Duffy proposes that the Championship would run largely as it does now up to the quarter-final stage.

Then, the final eight (four provincial winners and the four teams that emerge from the qualifiers) would be split into two groups of four, with the top two in each side making the semi-finals.

The move would inject eight extra games into the Championship, though with the abolition of League semi-finals, only six more additional games would be played over the season.

The proposal also says that both All-Ireland semi-finals would be played on the same weekend, meaning each side had the same time to prepare and rest.

The proposal also contains the idea that teams from Division 3 and 4 would get home draws in round 1, 2 and 3 of the qualifiers if they face a team from Division 1 or 2.

The idea will now go to Central Council for discussion.

The full proposal can be examined here