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Sam Maguire 2023: Who's In, Who's Out, Who Can Still Get In

Sam Maguire 2023: Who's In, Who's Out, Who Can Still Get In
Eoin Harrington
By Eoin Harrington
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The 2023 All-Ireland senior football championship sees the debut of a brand new format (again), with a second go at a group phase in the Sam Maguire.

The new format sees places in the All-Ireland series decided by a combination of factors. The previous year's Tailteann Cup winners (in this case, Westmeath) are guaranteed a place, while all the provincial finalists will also play in the Sam Maguire series. The remaining spots will be filled through the ranking of county's league positions.

It's a complicated system that has added intrigue and jeopardy to the provincial championships, and left fans wondering who has sealed their place in the 16-team group stage.

We have all the info you need on the teams who have secured their place in the 2023 All-Ireland football championship.

2023 All-Ireland football championship: The teams who have qualified for Sam Maguire

David Clifford Sam Maguire

24 July 2022; David Clifford of Kerry celebrates with the Sam Maguire Cup after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kerry and Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

We have a full explainer on the new All-Ireland football championship format for 2023 right here, but the gist of it is this. 16 teams will contest the All-Ireland series, with four groups of four seeing each team play one home game, one away game, and one game at a neutral venue. The 16 teams will qualify from:

  • The eight provincial finalists
  • The 2022 Tailteann Cup winners (Westmeath)
  • The remaining seven spots will be filled by the seven next highest-ranked teams from the 2023 Allianz League who do not fall into either of the above categories

With the provincial championships motoring along at a fierce pace, we have nearly all of the slots filled, with just a few remaining.

The teams who have confirmed their place in the 2023 All-Ireland football championship are:

  1. Westmeath (2022 Tailteann Cup winners)
  2. Kerry (Munster championship finalists)
  3. Clare (Munster championship finalists)
  4. Sligo (Connacht championship finalists)
  5. Galway (Connacht championship finalists)
  6. Louth (Leinster championship finalists)
  7. Derry (Ulster championshiop finalists)
  8. Armagh (qualified through league position)
  9. Mayo (qualified through league position)
  10. Roscommon (qualified through league position)
  11. Monaghan (qualified through league position)
  12. Dublin (qualified through league position)
  13. Tyrone (Ulster championship finalists)
  14. Donegal (qualified through league position)
  15. Kildare (qualified through league position)
  16. Cork (qualified through league position)

The four provincial winners will be top seeds in the Sam Maguire draw, while the defeated finalists will be second seeds.


The order of the third and fourth seeds will be determined by league finishing position in descending order.

2023 All-Ireland football championship: The teams who will contest the Tailteann Cup

The remaining counties will contest the 2023 Tailteann Cup. They are as follows:

  1. Meath
  2. Cavan
  3. Fermanagh
  4. Down
  5. Offaly
  6. Limerick
  7. Antrim
  8. Wicklow
  9. Longford
  10. Tipperary
  11. Laois
  12. Leitrim
  13. Wexford
  14. Carlow
  15. Waterford
  16. London
  17. New York

The rankings above are the order of the seeds, with New York entering the competition at a provisional quarter-final stage.


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