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Explained: Everything You Need To Know About GAA Special Congress

Explained: Everything You Need To Know About GAA Special Congress
By Jonathan Browne
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The GAA will convene a special congress tomorrow to decide on the Gaelic football championship structure for 2022 and beyond.  Proposal B is going to a vote among all 183 eligible delegates. It is a major event for the GAA and could change the Gaelic football championship as we know it. Here's all the information on how to follow GAA special congress live.

How to follow GAA special congress live

The Conference begins at 11am tomorrow, Saturday 23rd October.

The GAA confirmed to Balls on Friday that the Special Congress will not be streamed online or broadcast on TV. However they will be running a liveblog of the vote. You can follow that here.

You should also keep track of all the activities on the GAA's social media feeds.

What is 'Proposal B'?

While there will be two potential championship structures, 'Proposal B' is the one that has some real momentum behind it. A number of high profile figures within the sport have already given it their support, with quite a few counties confirming their delegates will back the proposal.

What changes would it make?


Essentially, this format would see the All-Ireland linked to league standings, with most teams from Division 3 and Division 4 entering a second tier competition.


The provincial championships would no longer be linked to the All-Ireland series and would instead become a pre-season competition.

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Unsurprisingly, this proposal has faced some opposition from provincial councils.

How does the voting work?

So 183 delegates will vote on whether Proposal B will come into effect from next year. For the proposal to be passed there needs to be a 60% majority at least. Therefore 110 votes is the number that needs to be reached if Proposal B will come into effect.

90 of the 183 votes are split among the 32 counties. There are 34 votes for the oversees councils like London and New York while 52 of the votes are for the central council itself.


Many counties have already decided which way they are voting. In Munster, Cork, Tipperary and Clare and in favour of Proposal B. In Leinster there are many counties like Kildare, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, and Wexford are too for Proposal B.

Many other counties like Kerry, Waterford and Laois will decide on the day whether the county is for or against Proposal B.

This could be the biggest vote in the 135 years of inter-county play. The new league-based proposal will scrap the traditional provincial format and change the football championship completely. You'll certainly won't want to miss this vote.


SEE ALSO: Proposal B's Flaws Are By Design, Not Accident

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