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The GAA propose plans to end the All Ireland Under 21 Football Championships

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12:45 3 Nov 2015


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The dropping of the All Ireland Under 21 Football Championship and changing the Minor grade from Under 18 to Under 17 are two of the proposals in the GAA's discussion paper on player over training and burnout and the fixtures calendar.
 
The paper suggests that dropping the Under 21 grade at inter-county level will reduce pressure on those involved in third level teams and will lessen the amount of training those players have to do.
 
The abolition of the Football League semi finals and the moving back of the All Ireland Hurling Final to the last Sunday of August and the Football final to the first Sunday of September have also been mooted to allow counties more time to run off their club competitions.
 
It has also been suggested that the All Ireland Club Championship should finish within the calendar year. Currently both finals are decided on St Patrick's Day
 
The paper compiled by GAA Director General Paraic Duffy also pitches the idea of replays only if a game finishes level after extra time.
 
You can view the discussion paper in full here.

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