Inter-county senior football managers held a virtual meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss the proposed changes to the All-Ireland championship ahead of next month's annual congress.
The formats up for potential approval were analysed and debated by the comprehensive number of county bosses on the call.
RTÉ Sport understands there was a clear call from the meeting for change to the existing football championship structures.
Further feedback will now be sought by managers from extended backroom team members and players in the lead-up to February’s Congress.
From there it’s expected that managers may alert their individual county boards to the prevailing views from within the group ahead of the vote at Congress.
Two football championship restructuring options will be presented at Congress 2021 which will be held virtually at the end of February.
To-date a number of stakeholders, including officials, county boards, players and clubs have already been contacted by the Fixtures Calendar Task Force Report to hear their views on the restructuring options.
Since the report was commissioned by GAA president John Horan in May 2019 and concluded last month, hundreds of submissions have been received and polls taken on the path ahead.
The initial report was published in 2019 and revised at the end 2020 to include final recommendations on the split season and competitions.
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Last night’s call was organised between inter-county senior football managers to consider the two options up for Congress approval.
The proposals are:
- A league based All-Ireland series with a separate provincial championship, or
- To hold a provincial championship structure with four groups of eight teams and the National League format remaining the same.
RTÉ Sport understands that there was much support from the managers group for a change to the existing structures.
Many of them favoured the option of holding a league-based All-Ireland championship with a separate provincial series.
Following the meeting and a presentation, managers agreed to consult with their extended backroom members and players before reporting back to the group.
It’s understood that managers could let their county committees know of the findings of the group ahead of the restructuring vote.
There are a number of pre-requisites attached to each proposal.
Every team in the championship should be able to win Sam Maguire, provincial competition should be retained and there should be at least two grades in All-Ireland Series.
Separately, the Gaelic Players Association has already consulted with its membership on the suggested changes and has reported findings back to the Fixtures Calendar taskforce.