The GAA Fixtures Calendar Review Task Force has accelerated plans to debate and consult on the 'split season' model and aim to make a presentation to Central Council at the end of the year.
A meeting of the committee this week outlined the direction that the agreed proposal to divide the season between club and inter-county will take before a final motion comes before Congress 2021.
With so much uncertainty around this year’s inter-county series due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the shape and format of the 2021 campaign could yet be guided by Government restrictions.
This may yet incorporate a shorter League, and a possible re-visiting of round-robin competitions.
While the GAA monitors that evolving landscape and plans accordingly, strategically they are also looking ahead with a comprehensive consultative campaign set for the next two months as part of preparations to have defined seasons for both club and county.
From original findings and investigations by the Task Force, it was feared that having county players apart from clubs for a large chunk of the year would not be acceptable or satisfactory.
There were also reservations about playing the All-Ireland finals so early in the season.
Meanwhile, initial analysis also suggested there were no guarantees that a split season would automatically add to the number of weekends where club games could be played free of inter-county activity.
But the 2020 experience - where club action ran until mid-October, followed by the inter-county series - has shown that the club championship can thrive in its own space.
Clubs are free from demands to release inter-county players.
Domestic campaigns can run smoothly, and fixture-makers have more conviction when it comes to planning county campaigns.
Feedback from within the association has shown that the split-season model is receiving huge support.
There are four proposals currently for consideration.
The Task Force will now hold a series of online seminars for club and county representatives.
These seminars will start next month and run through November.
The aim of the workshops is to give further clarity on proposals and to explain the reasons for presenting those respective plans.
Further explanation of the split-season template will be forthcoming as clubs and counties get a better insight into the scheduling scenarios they will face.
Once consultation is made and feedback received, the Task Force hope to present to Central Council in December.
It will then be decided which proposal should be put forward next February at Congress 2021.
The successful motion will, in effect, look for the All-Ireland senior finals to be completed before the end of July.