GAA Central Council have endorsed the 'Green Proposal' for reform of the All-Ireland senior football championship at a meeting today, meaning the plan will now go forward to a vote at Congress next month.
Two alternatives were up for discussion this afternoon, the 'Red Proposal' - a slightly revamped version of Proposal B which was shot down at Special Congress last October - and the 'Green Proposal', a plan roughly based on the vision of former GAA President Sean Kelly.
In a short statement following the meeting, the GAA said "It was agreed to put forward the 'green' proposal for the football championship to Congress for consideration"
The Green Proposal leaves the basic structure of the GAA calendar unchanged, creating instead an All-Ireland round robin system comprising of four groups of four, consisting of the eight provincial winners/finalists plus the top eight placed teams in the league who didn't qualify via the provincial route.
If successful at Congress, the system will come into operation for the 2023 championship.
The plan was heavily tipped to win out over the Red Proposal - which switched the league and provincial championships in the calendar - and received the endorsement of the GPA during the week.
Elsewhere at the meeting, it was agreed to submit a motion to introduce an U19 Minor Intercounty Hurling and Football Championship from 2023 onwards