The GAA are to introduce a new format for next year’s GAA Championship in a bid to make the game more open and competitive.
Officials today announced that the All Ireland will now run on a ‘Next Score Wins‘ basis and it is hoped that it will level the playing field and help traditionally weaker counties progress further in the championship.
The ‘Next Score Wins’ rule has proved popular and successful nationwide on the training ground and it is now set to make the step up to competitive senior county matches.
The new rule means that a team could be getting hammered, but once they score first after the referee has shouted ‘Next Score Wins’, they would ultimately win the match and progress to the next stage of the championship.
Games will no longer be timed either, but will be ended after the referee has decided he has had enough and would like to go home. This will ensure a level of uncertainty and excitement affects both sides.
The referee will also have the power to extend his ‘Next Score Wins’ decision an infinite number of times. This means that if he doesn’t like a team who have scored the next point, he can simply declare ‘Next Score Wins’ again and the game will continue.
Football and hurley ball will see the introduction of the new rule in 2014. Speaking about the decision, GAA President Liam O’Neill said
It’s an exciting development for GAA. This system has been proven time and time again on a grassroots level to be affective and I’m glad to be introducing it on a national platform. It will no doubt help the weaker counties, like Louth, because their pretty much shite at everything.
Teams around the country are expected to welcome the decision, as many have already been familiarised with the system for some time now.
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