Under-21 inter-county football changed to U20 at GAA Congress

The GAA’s Under-21 inter-county football championships are to be replaced by an Under-20 grade, after the motion was passed at tonight’s Congress.

From 2018, teams will compete between June and August in the new set-up with any player that is named on a senior inter-county team ineligible for the new competition.

There will be no replays and if teams cannot be separated after extra-time, a sudden-death free-taking shoot-out, with details to be confirmed, will be used.

Hurling and club football are not affected by the new rule.

The Minor grade, currently played at Under-18, has been changed to U-17, also from 2018.

The age-grade switches are seen as an attempt to alleviate issues of player burn-out in Gaelic games.

The motion proposing a new All-Ireland ‘B’ championship for lower-ranked teams was withdrawn.