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Breaking: Huge Change For Gaelic Football As Congress Passes Tier 2 Motion

Breaking: Huge Change For Gaelic Football As Congress Passes Tier 2 Motion
By Maurice Brosnan

The All-Ireland senior football championship will have two tiers from 2020 after the motion was passed at Special Congress this afternoon.

It means that only teams from Division 1 and Division 2 of the Allianz Football League will be eligible for the All-Ireland qualifiers as well as teams from the lower divisions who reach their provincial final.

Division 3 and 4 teams knocked out of their provincial championships will go straight into a Tier 2 championship.

To pass, the proposal required a 60% majority from delegates in Páirc Uí Chaoimh and it received 75.5%.

Tipperary's motion to base the unnamed competition on league positions at the end of next year's Allianz League also passed. That received 87.5% support. It means current league standings are not relevant. The teams eligible for Tier 2 will only be known next April.

The Advanced Mark in Gaelic football was also passed with 68.9%. This would see a 'mark' awarded to players who cleanly catch a ball kicked from on or outside the opposition's 45m line, that travels at least 20m and without touching the ground.

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