GAA to consider seven subs for league games

There may be as many as seven substitutions allowed in hurling and football league games when the season opens at the end of next week. The association is considering the change because of the short run-in that teams have had in terms of preparation and an associated increase in the possibility for injuries.

Two double substitutions are also being considered in the second half to prevent teams running down the clock coming towards the end of games.

The ‘water breaks’, which were introduced into competitive matches in 2020, will remain for the forthcoming league season and will be reviewed prior to the start of the championships.

The GAA at national level will meet this week to finalise details ahead of the start of the inter-county season on the weekend of May 8th and 9th.

Meanwhile, the GAA has told county boards that they can expect to receive less in terms of grants to cover the costs of preparing teams for the championships is 2021.

Last year, each county board received in the region of €130,000 while Government funding to the GAA was €15 million. However, this year that funding could be reduced to as little as €100,000 per county. The Government has made no decision on funding for 2021.