GAA: 2021 Inter-County Fixtures Plan Released

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Inter county GAA action will return from the weekend of May 8th/9th after the updated Fixtures calendar was released this afternoon.

The opening round of the National Hurling League begins in four weeks and the season will conclude with the All-Ireland Senior Football Final on the last weekend of August.

There will be no qualifiers in the All-Ireland football championship; but there will be a backdoor in the hurling competition, similiar to 2020.

The National Football League begins May 15th/16th while club championships are scheduled to commence in September with the All-Ireland club finals taking place in February 2022.

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The inter-county fixtures programme will be run off in a 20-week period and guarantees a minimum of five games for each Senior County Football and Hurling team with all bar three counties guaranteed six games in hurling.

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2021 Allianz Football League

  • Divisions split into North & South
  • Starts (May 15th/16th), Finishes (June 19th/20th)
  • Four teams (based on geography) in each groups.  Top two qualify for semi-finals
  • Bottom two in each group contest relegation.
  • No League Final if either participant is playing in opening weekend of championship.
  • Championship begins (June 26th/27th)
  • London not be participating in 2021 Allianz Football League.

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2021 Allianz Hurling League

  • Divisions 1 & 2 (start May 9th). Finishes June 12th/13th
  • No Division 1 knockout series.  Joint winners unless Division 1A and 1B winners meet in championship
  • Division 1 Relegation play-off to be curtain raiser to All-Ireland semi-final.
  • British based teams will not be involved in the Allianz Hurling Leagues this year.