The Gaelic Players Association are against the introduction of the handpass restriction, sideline kick and kickout zoning proposals but in favour of the mark and sin bin.

The GPA said that they consulted widely with all football squads and former inter-county players in recent weeks and their feedback has been submitted to the Standing Rules Committee.

Their findings also revealed that players believe consideration should be given to the introduction of additional referee to help apply any new rules of play.

If approved, the changes will be trialed in the pre-season competitions and the Allianz League.

"The findings of this GPA membership survey are interesting and provide a lot of detailed information for the GAA to examine and to take into account before any decisions are made on the proposed rule changes," said GPA chief executive Paul Flynn.

"Players are of the view that the handpass restriction, sideline kick and kickout zoning proposed changes won’t work.

"They are, however, in favour of the mark and sin bin rule proposed changes.

"The GPA has presented the survey findings to the GAA with detailed squad feedback and we have made it clear how important it is that the feedback is taken on board before any decisions are made.

"For many squads promotion from the National Football League is their main objective for the season.

"Implementing all of these significant rule changes at this stage, they fear, would disrupt their detailed game plans which have already been developed over the past couple of seasons and it could cost them a promotion," added Flynn.  

"Players are also of the view that consideration should be given to the introduction of an additional referee to help apply any new rules.

"The GAA must be fair and reasonable in how it decides to move on the proposed rule changes. Players, fans and officials deserve nothing less."

Main findings of GPA Member Survey:

Handpass Restriction: Players strongly against the proposed change

Sideline kick: Players against this proposed change

Kickout zoning: Players strongly against this proposed change

The Mark: Players marginally in favour of this proposed change

Sin Bin: Players marginally in favour of this proposed change