The GAA's management committee will today consider the prospect of seven subs being used during the Allianz Leagues - but only at five different intervals.
The GAA’s central competitions committee will put the proposal before the management committee later today as the association looks to confirm matters ahead of the weekend’s intercounty resumption.
It had been widely flagged that there could be seven replacements allowed as the GAA considers the short run-in that teams have had in terms of preparation and concerns about the possibility of increasing injuries.
Already some managers are reporting that players are flagging three-quarters of the way into internal matches.
The GAA is extremely conscious of allowing panels to minimise injury concerns by sharing game time among squad members - but they also want to maintain a flow to matches.
With the water breaks - which were introduced into competitive matches last year – set to stay for the foreseeable future, the GAA are also conscious of not having too many stoppages in games.
This would especially be an issue during the second half of matches.
With only five slots allowed for seven substitutions the GAA would keep as much continuity as possible – whilst also catering for the load on players.
Inter-county hurling managers agreed to just a three-week build-up to the league in order to get five games.
On that note, managers are also hoping that this week will bring further clarity on whether inter-county challenge games can be played in the 26 counties.
The Government is due to give feedback on this matter during the week after the GAA specifically requested it.
Meanwhile, there are hopes that the outstanding 2020 minor hurling and football fixtures could be pencilled in for mid-July. The hurling championship would need two weekends to run off whilst the football series would need at least four.
This year's minor and under-20 managers will also be hoping for some indication on their potential schedules with the possibility remaining that both competitions could be played later in the year.