The 2022 All-Ireland hurling and football finals are the only games that will revert to a replay if necessary with every other championship clash next season to be decided on the day.

It's part of the continuing push to give both inter-county and club structures as much space as possible to thrive.

Traditionally, inter-county teams have resumed training in mid-October with the season running right the way through until late September.

This time around teams will only recommence training on 8 December, a week before the expected 15 December resumption date.

Both 2022 inter-county championships will be concluded by the end of July.

Significantly, this means that the inter-county season will be more compacted than usual.

Typically, the inter-county games calendar has ran up to 36 weeks, but in 2022 it will incorporate 25 weeks of playing activity.

The Allianz Football League will commence in the last weekend of January and the hurling a week later, and, barring replays, everything will be concluded by the end of July.

Next year’s All-Ireland hurling final is down for 17 July with the All-Ireland football final taking place a week later on 24 July.

At least 13 weeks will then be provided for county championships to be concluded before the provincial club series takes place.

The AIB All-Ireland hurling semi-finals will be held on week 49 with the football semi-finals rounding off the calendar year in week 50. Both club hurling and football finals will take place in early February 2023.

Another key landmark in the 2022 calendar is the staging of the first Tailteann Cup final which takes place on week 28 and will likely take place as a curtain-raiser to an All-Ireland senior football semi-final.

Meanwhile, the Central Council of the GAA last weekend decided to reintroduce pre-season inter-county competitions for 2022.

It had been expected that the various competitions would be scrapped following a revision of the fixtures calendar.

A recommendation from the Fixtures Task Force Calendar Review Committee called for the abolition of the O’Byrne, McGrath and McKenna Cups and the Connacht League in football, and hurling's Munster League and Walsh Cup, but following representations from counties it was agreed last Saturday to let those competitions continue.