GAA Director General Páraic Duffy believes that the All-Ireland Football Championship qualifying system has "lost a bit of its lustre" and that proposed changes to the structure of the Championship will breathe new life into it.
Under the new proposed structure announced at Croke Park today, there would be eight extra games in the All-Ireland Championship, with the GAA hoping to off-set this by removing the semi-finals from the Allianz League.
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This would come by the introduction of a group stage replacing the current quarter-finals.
The proposals would see the four provincial champions and the four round 4 qualifier winners form two groups where each team would play each other once with the top two teams from each group going forward to the semi-finals.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Duffy explained the need for change and said: "There has been a feeling over the last year or two that the qualifying system has lost a little bit of its lustre.
"We felt that it needed to be refreshed and looked at, and we started looking at new ways of invigorating the closing stages of the Championship.
"You’ll have the winners from two provinces plus the runners up from two other provinces of the team that has beaten them.
"It will mean that there’ll be eight additional games. Each team will play one game in Croke Park, one game at home and one game away."
Duffy also believes that the proposals would help spread more fixtures outside of Croke Park with eight group games guaranteed to be played outside of the GAA’s head-quarters.
“Eight of the extra games will be played outside of Croke Park and I think that’s good for the Championship,” he insisted.