Following a football championship short of thrills and spills in 2018, the GAA’s Standing Committee on the Playing Rules (SCPR) issued five proposed experimental rule changes that could be trialled during next season’s Allianz League.
They relate to the handpass – a restriction of three consecutive passes.
For a sideline kick, the ball must be played in a forward direction from the kick, with one exception. In the case of a side-line kick being taken by an attacking player on or inside the opponents’ 13m line, the ball may be kicked in any direction.
As for the mark, its application would be extended to the clean catching of the ball on or inside the 20m line from a kick delivered on or beyond the 45m line without it touching the ground.
A sin-bin proposal and for kick-outs, two players only from each team shall be positioned between the two 45m lines.
The goalkeeper and a maximum of six players from each team shall be behind the respective 45m lines, until the ball is kicked. The ball from the kick-out shall travel beyond the 45m line before being played by a player of the defending team.
So what do players and managers think? We got the views of those who were in attendance at RTÉ for the 2019 Championship draw.
For more on the proposed changes, click here.
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Colm Collins (Clare manager)
"I would be pro change. I think anything that would make the game a better spectacle or more enjoyable to watch and participate I would be for. I don't think we have anything to lose in trialling them.
"Are five of them together going to be a tough gig for referees?
"Indeed, I would advocate something more simple: If the ball goes over the half-way line, it can't go back. You are only allowed x amount of defenders in your half of the pitch.
"The best team in the country won the All-Ireland this year and they didn’t have 15 men behind the ball. The game isn’t quite a dead as some think"
"Such simple rules would militate against the complete blanket defence.
"At the end of the day the best team in the country won the All-Ireland this year and they didn’t have 15 men behind the ball. They play quite an attractive brand of football. The game isn’t quite a dead as some think.
"I would prefer if any proposals were trialled in the pre-season and college competitions.
"And as for the mark, it should be a clean catch over the head. No skill whatsoever if it's caught in the stomach or chest."
Conor McManus (Monaghan footballer)
"Some of the ideas are fine, some are not the answer to the problem. I think the GAA are forcing it a bit with some of them.
"I think the mark will potentially work, as will kicking a sideline ball forward. The three hand-pass rule isn't the answer to the problem. All told I think management teams will look to find ways around these rules and how they will work to their benefit.
"It would be better if such proposals were brought in for pre-season and college games and the gauge the reaction there.
"All told, it will be more work for referees, more complication. That said, I think it’s time for the black card to go."
Conor Sweeney (Tipperary footballer)
"It's hard to know until we actually experience them ourselves. Look, people were crying out for change as there's still some people not happy.
"A couple of them I like - the mark inside the '21 - as an inside forward is something to look forward to. It will encourage team to kick the ball more. The limited handpass one is good to a certain extent - three handpasses is quite short.
"You're only going to experience them for a few months and then go back to orthodox football"
"You are now going to have to look at what kind of midfielder you are going to play. Are you going to play a guy with pace?. Are you going to go with orthodox midfielders?
"Pre-season will be focused on these new rules and implementing them in training. You're only going to experience them for a few months and then go back to orthodox football."
Cormac Costello (Dublin footballer)
"I haven't looked at them in great detail, but if they lead to attacking football then I'm all for it."
Damien Comer (Galway footballer)
"It's hard to know how they are going to work out. I don't think there is a need to bring in as many rules at the one time. No drastic changes are required.
"I like the mark rule - a follow on from the kick-out mark which has been a success"
"It's adding confusion to referees and players alike. There are struggles with some of the rules that are there at the moment. I like the mark rule - a follow on from the kick-out mark which has been a success.
"I favour the kick-out proposal. If you can a mark inside you '21 it's nearly a guaranteed score."
Declan Bonner (Donegal manager)
"I am all in favour of people sitting down and looking at where we can improve our game. That said, I don't think much tinkering is required. It's difficult enough with the referees to police our game at the moment without having to keep tabs on other stuff.
"The three hand-pass rule will be difficult to get through along with the kick-out change."
Donie Smith (Roscommon footballer)
"They are quite radical, particularly the handpass proposal. I don't see that one working if you have a goal opportunity and you need that extra handpass.
"I don't see too many big changes.
"We have a black card, yellow card and red card - that's enough"
"Out of the lot of them, I think the offensive mark is the one that will get through. It encourages long kick pass, something that we are all crying out for.
"As for the sin bin idea, we have a black card, yellow card and red card - that's enough.
"Trialling it during the league could be a disadvantage to a lot of teams who'll be eyeing promotion."
Emlyn Mulligan (Leitrim footballer)
"The mark inside with the big man inside will change things or it could mean that teams pull more players back in front of that big man. Kicking the sideline ball forward may also entice teams to sit back.
"The handpass change, well I'm not sure. We saw Corofin work the ball brilliantly through the hands when scoring a cracking goal in this year's club final.
"It's very disrespectful to throw it in there to see does it work"
"These changes will get a run out during the league. That's not great for us, we take that competition seriously. It's very disrespectful to throw it in there to see does it work. At the end of the day, that's our championship. Why not trial them in the pre-season and college competitions?"
John Maughan (Offaly manager)
"I think they can make a difference. The game had become quite boring in the last year. Attendances were falling, the fascination wasn't there. That said, It will be hard to police the changes, hard on referees.
"The three handpass rule is well worth considering, as is the sin bin.
"I don't think there will be an issue with playing one set of rules for the league and one set for the championship in 2019"
"I'm not too sure about the mark. They'll be huge pressure on goalkeepers to hit various targets.
"I say, let's experiment and see how things manifest itself. I don't think there will be an issue with playing one set of rules for the league and one set for the championship in 2019."