By Pat Costello
THERE was good news for Jack O’Connor, David Herity and all the other inter-county managers with news this afternoon that the GAA is to proceed with the 2020 Championships in football and hurling. This follows a meeting of the Ard Chomhairle of the GAA earlier today which heard of specific Government financial support for the inter-county game.
In order to curb the financial burden on counties also, it is expected that limitations will be placed on the number of county squad sessions per week and squad numbers per county. Group sessions are expected to be at a maximum of 3 per week, including a game, and squad sizes to be limited to the low 30’s.
Backroom teams are expected to be capped at 11 while the match day squad will contain 26 players.
As well as the senior championship the U20 and minor competitions are also to proceed.
The full statement issued by the GAA following today’s Ard Chomhairle is outlined below.
“The GAA’s Ard Chomhairle held a meeting on-line earlier today where it was decided to formally proceed with plans to stage the All-Ireland senior, under-20 and minor inter-county football and hurling championships for 2020. The decision was made following positive interaction with the Government and an understanding that specific financial supports will be made available.
Due to the reduced level of funding available as a result of the pandemic, a series of strict financial controls will be put in place by the Association which will govern the costs and preparation of teams. In addition to this, a plan and a series of protocols produced by the
Association’s Covid Advisory Group, and which will facilitate the safe staging of inter-county games, will be circulated to counties.
Following consultation with the counties, it was agreed that London, Warwickshire and Lancashire will not be involved in the 2020 championships. The special emergency powers for the administration of the Association have been reapproved and extended until December 4.”