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Armagh release plan to finish 2020 season – but release three other options for new season

ARMAGH GAA remain hopeful of completing the outstanding 2020 fixtures as they released four possible options to clubs.

“I have attached a document of possible time-frames and formats for the commencement of Adult Football Competition for discussion, as requested at Convention due to the Postponement of 2020 Leagues,” Orchard secretary Sean McAlinden said.

The first option would see the promotion and relegation issues from last year’s leagues sorted, while the other three options would see them scrapped.

Armagh GAA are leaving wiggle room to allow them to adapt to the Covid-19 situation, so a final decision is unlikely to be taken any time soon.

1) OPTION ONE
Commencing in mid-April/May, priority would be given to the 2020 leagues before the 2021 season begins. The 2021 leagues would include one round of fixtures, seven games for senior and intermediate leagues and possibly more in the junior division. The group stage championship would return following the knockout format used in 2020.

2) OPTION TWO
Commencing in late-May/June, the 2020 league would be voided with last year’s Intermediate (Clan na Gael) and Junior (Forkhill) Championship winners promoted. The 2021 leagues would include one round of fixtures while the championship would include a group format.

3) OPTION THREE
Commencing in late-June/July, the 2020 league would be voided, the 2021 league would be one round of fixtures and a knock-out championship would remain in place.

4) OPTION FOUR
Commencing later than the other three options, the 2020 league would be voided, the 2021 league would not take place and there would be a group championship.

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