GPA supports the league-based All-Ireland SFC format

The GPA is now ready to back “Proposition B”, the rapidly gaining support, league-based SFC All-Ireland championship structure, at the Special Congress later this month.

The body of players has engaged in extensive consultation with their members and the Irish Independent has learned that an overwhelming majority is in favor of the most radical of the three proposals to be presented at the meeting.

If passed, “Proposition B” would cause the biggest format change since the inception of the championship.

The GPA, through its team representatives, presented to each panel across the country the merits of the three proposals and would be in the final stages of their consultation.

The wave of feedback is a strong indication that current inter-county players believe “Proposition B” provides a fairer game schedule.

Teams have now been encouraged by the GPA to communicate their preference to their county councils ahead of the October 30 vote.

At least for the record, “Proposal B” is now considered the most likely motion to pass, although it has generated some hostility.

Essentially, this would tie a county’s final position in the league to a two tier championship system, with provincial competitions kept as preseason competitions.

If the motion garners 60% of delegates’ votes, the provincial championships would be played as stand-alone competitions, something former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness strongly opposed.

There are two alternatives.

“Proposition A” would retain the overall structure of the inter-county football season, but with redesigned provincial boundaries, ensuring an even number of teams in each province.

The third option is to preserve the status quo.

The GPA has not publicly commented on its findings, although it will likely do so next week after a meeting of its national executive committee.

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