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Published: 12:04 | 14/3/18

Horan wants two-tiered championship

New GAA president John Horan wants to see the introduction of a two-tiered football championship by the time his term ends in 2021.

From this year, the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland Football Championship will be replaced with a round-robin format and replays scrapped for all games bar provincial and All-Ireland finals. The new 'Super 8' format will be trialled for three years.

While all football counties compete for the Sam Maguire, only a handful battle it out for the Liam MacCarthy as the hurling championship is divided in four competitions - the Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher Cups are also contested.

Speaking in Wednesday's Herald, Horan is keen for the football Championship to be divided and he hopes to have a two-tiered championship in place by 2021.

"The big challenge for me comes in my last year, when the hurling and football championships are up for review," Horan told the Herald.

"I would have hopes that we would end up with a two-tiered senior football championship. That would be one of my ambitions.

"We will have to give them time to bed down and see what way things are evolving."

He went on: "I think if we put it together properly, we may get engagement. I think the previous attempt to put together such a competition didn't come to fruition.

"So, as part of that review in three years' time, I would hope that we will end up with a two-tiered competition." 

eir Sport has live and exclusive coverage of 17 Saturday matches in the 2018 Allianz Football and Hurling Leagues. Coverage continues on Saturday, 17 March with defending Allianz League champions Kerry hosting Kildare at Austin Stack Park [live on eir Sport 2, throw-in 7pm], while Cork face Clare at Pairc Ui Rinn [live on eir Sport 1, throw-in 7pm].

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