The Club Players Association has criticised the GAA for bringing forward proposals for a second-tier football championship while the organisation's own fixtures task force has yet to issue its report.

The GAA revealed on Monday that a special congress would be held at Páirc Uí Chaoimh next month to vote on the introduction of a new competition for Division 3 and 4 teams who don't make their respective provincial finals.

However, the CPA, which is represented on the task force set up to examine fixture issues around inter-county games in the GAA, is bemused by the decision to press ahead with plans for a new competition while questions remain about the current scheduling of games and its impact on club players.

CPA chairman Micheál Briody said: "We are very concerned and disappointed that the GAA central management committee has decided to bring forward proposals for the Tier 2 competitions to Special Congress in October while the Fixtures Calendar Review Taskforce has not yet made its report, recommendations and options as directed when it was established in June. The Taskforce was asked to report by November and its work is ongoing."

"Since our earliest engagement with Croke Park we have argued against this sort of incremental change which has hampered real progress in improving the lot of all players.

"Now that we have in place a Fixtures Taskforce, surely we must give the people involved the respect to let them bring forward their considered recommendations within the agreed timeframe so our fixtures problem is addressed for all our players.

"The CPA has engaged fully with the Fixtures Taskforce since its formation contributing feedback and analysis, and making available all materials and proposals that we have developed to date. This has all been done in good faith in the assumption that the Taskforce would be allowed to complete its work unhindered as directed. That appears now not to be the case.

"While we are disappointed that Special Congress is going ahead, we will continue to work within the Fixtures Taskforce to try and find a workable solution for club players from 2021."