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Im going off point here but why aren't there more evening and Saturday night games scheduled in for the Championship. Especially in Munster with the Gaelic Grounds, Thurles and Cork all having 1 million euro + floodlights..seems a waste

bloodyban (Limerick) - Posts: 1283 - 03/10/2020 16:03:34    2295444

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Replying To bloodyban:  "Im going off point here but why aren't there more evening and Saturday night games scheduled in for the Championship. Especially in Munster with the Gaelic Grounds, Thurles and Cork all having 1 million euro + floodlights..seems a waste"
For media reasons I expected to see more evening games as they're good times for TV but they've went down the road of 13:30hrs throw in's instead to fit the games in. To be fair it is November/December, not a particular nice time of year in Ireland (weather) so maybe player welfare/travelling to evening games etc was a factor in staying away from evening games. If that's the reason it's right one!

sam1884 (UK) - Posts: 645 - 03/10/2020 16:13:12    2295447

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Replying To Whammo86:  "It's interesting.

I'd be surprised if they could get rid of the Provincials.

It's not a bad system though.

Division 1 and 2 teams get a double chance, division 3 and 4 teams need to win 2 games to get to the last 16. It makes the league more competitive without excluding teams from knockout football.

It could work well."
Double Chance 16 (divs 1 & 2) to 8 Prov SFs, and keep everything else the same ?

omahant (USA) - Posts: 1815 - 04/10/2020 04:28:31    2295521

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Replying To omahant:  "Double Chance 16 (divs 1 & 2) to 8 Prov SFs, and keep everything else the same ?"
If you really wanted to keep a regional element to the championship you could have something along these lines.

16 start the year qualified for championship 1

16 teams have a chance at qualifying for it over 4 weeks.

Weeks 1 and 2 each team plays 1 home and 1 away match. Games played to a winner, with extra time and penalties if needed.

A team winning both their matches goes straight to week 4
Any team to have won 1 of their 2 matches play in week 3.
8 teams will emerge to week 4 and the winners of those ties qualify for Championship 1.

Championship 1 will be 20 teams split into 2 groups of 10.
It can be championship 1 North and Championship 1 South if it is to be regionalised.

Top 4 in each group to All Ireland playoff rounds.

Top 6 in each group retain their championship 1 status.

7th in each group hosts the 8th placed team in the other group, the 2 winners of these ties retain their championship 1 status.

That'll be 14 championship 1 teams going forward to the following season.

9th and 10th in each group will have to go through the following season's qualifying competition.

Championship 2: 12 teams play an 8 game schedule each. Top 6 teams in championship 2 playoffs.

Championship 2 finalists qualify for the following season's championship 1.

Season is 16 game weeks long. 4 weeks for qualifiers.

9 weeks for group stages.

3 weeks for All Ireland playoffs.

Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 3049 - 04/10/2020 15:22:27    2295588

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