With just three weekends left to complete in the 2020 All-Ireland senior series, the GAA is hoping to confirm plans for next year's structure in the coming days.

And whilst GAA management is set to meet at the end of the week to adapt a template for 2021, the Fixtures Review Task Force is also busy in consultation with counties as that committee looks to recommend structures from 2022 onwards.

In a constantly evolving pandemic climate, the GAA has managed to get a compacted All-Ireland series in both senior codes to the business end of affairs.

Counties have now been put on alert that the minor football and hurling and under-20 hurling championships could be played this month.

In fact, provincial competitions at those levels could take place as early as next week with fixtures bosses currently discussing the week ahead.

The Under-20 Football final featuring Galway and Dublin will be played ahead of the All-Ireland Senior Football decider in Croke Park on 19 December.

These grades were paused at the end of October when the Government ruled that they could not be held during Level 5 restrictions.

This Friday the GAA’s management committee is set to reconvene following a decision last weekend not to endorse the structure agreed by Central Council that would have seen the 2021 season begin with inter-county and then switch to club affairs at the end of July.

The proposed template was due to kick in once the current All-Ireland series ended on 19 December.

A closed season would have been observed from then.

All pre-season fare would have ceased with competitions like the provincial hurling and football leagues, the Kehoe, Walsh, McKenna, O'Byrne, and McGrath Cups not running.

The Allianz Leagues would resume at the end of February, with regionalised groupings for all four sectors. The All-Ireland championships would have finished by the end of July.

However, management made the call to press pause on those plans last weekend, citing the fluid nature of the pandemic and possible post-January public health restrictions as a reason.

In addition, the possibility of a vaccine coming into circulation on the horizon soon after Christmas was raised.

So too was the fear that counties may not afford to run inter-county teams without first having a club championship to help revenue streams.

It was mooted that it would be better to commence the inter-county season later in 2021 when crowds may be allowed to attend games. 

A final decision on whether club or county goes first could be made by this weekend.

Another option which could be discussed by management is a blend of both formats.

This could potentially lead to the 2021 structure mirroring the adapted 2020 template.

That pathway might mean an inter-county pre-season in mid-January, with the Allianz Leagues then running near the end of February.

The leagues could run through until the start of April with the inter-county season pausing again.

If that template was looked at favourably, the club season could then run from April to September.

This could allow the inter-county season to run from October with some backdoor elements for both the hurling and football championships.

There is certainly much up for debate once more.

Meanwhile, aside from all of that lying on the immediate horizon, the association continues to plan for 2022, taking a holistic look at life beyond next year.

This approach involves consulting county boards, provincial councils and other stakeholders.

The Fixtures Review Task Force are looking to best incorporate the staging of second and third level competitions, underage grades like Under-17 and 19, examine the preferred split season model, and assess the optimum future structure of the football championship.