GAA Championship Formats Confirmed

Clare’s senior footballers will be back in action on the weekend of October 17th, with the hurlers to return one week later.

Colm Collins’ side will complete their last two matches of the Allianz League before going straight into their Munster Championship a week later.

Clare’s hurlers, meanwhile, could be in action from October 24th and may yet get a chance to be crowned League champions, even though that competition won’t return.

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The GAA’s calendar for inter-county games between October and December sees the entire Championship run-off over just nine weeks.

Before that, inter-county action will return in the form of the Allianz Football Leagues on the weekend of October 17th when Clare are due to play Fermanagh, followed by Armagh a week later.

Colm Collins’ side will then play Tipperary in a Munster Quarter-Final on Halloween weekend, before a hoped-for semi-final against Limerick or Waterford a week later.

The Munster Football Final is due to be played on November 22nd, with two-week gaps then between it, and the All Ireland Semi-Final, and Final which is due for Saturday December 19th.

Clare’s hurlers have been declared as the winners of Division 1B of the Allianz Hurling League, and that competition won’t return, but the League Champions during the Championship could still be determined if Clare are drawn to face 1A winners Limerick.

Unlike the footballers, there will be a hurling backdoor in a system similar to before 2017, with the final slated for Sunday December 13th.

Underage competitions in both codes will also be held during this window as straight knockout competitions.