Figures released by the GAA have shown another sharp fall in All-Ireland football championship attendances.

Nine of the last ten years has seen a decline in those going through the turnstiles for inter-county. 2014 saw a slight increase. 

The average attendance for the 2016 championship was 13,146 compared to 20,172 in 2007. 

A total of 788,746 spectators watched this year's campaign, but that figure was down over 100,000 on 2015,  while 2010 was the last year that attendances were over the one million mark.

Dublin's dominance in Leinster and a fall-off in the numbers going to the qualifiers are given as the main reasons for the decline. 

In August, proposed changes to the structure of the championship were announced.

The proposal would add eight extra games to the All-Ireland championship, with a round-robin contested by the four provincial champions and the four round 4 qualifier winners. 

There would be two groups of four teams where each team would play one game at home, one game away from home and one game at Croke Park.

GAA Director General Páraic Duffy believes that new structure has the potential to "invigorate the championship" when speaking recently to RTÉ Sport. 

"No one is claiming that this is the perfect solution," Duffy added.

"But it does have the potential to invigorate the championship and at the same time to restore a better balance between club and inter-county fixtures."

Under the proposals, the All-Ireland senior hurling final would be played in mid-August with both football semi-finals a week later and the final being held a fortnight after that. 

The GAA's Central Council will decide on Saturday week whether to bring the proposals to next year's Congress for formal consideration.