The GAA have confirmed that the Allianz Hurling League quarter-finals will be decided by a penalty shoot-out should the teams be level after two periods of extra-time.
The new ‘Result on the Day’ regulation was approved by Ard Chomhairle on January 19 this year.
In accordance with the new regulation, a period of extra-time with 10 minutes a half will be played if the teams are level after normal time.
Should nothing separate them after the period of extra-time, there will be a continuation of extra-time with two more five-minute halves.
If after the two periods of extra-time, the teams are still level, then a penalty competition will decide the outcome.
Each team would register five penalty takers, a goalkeeper and a substitute goalkeeper.
If both teams are level after the five penalties are taken then the penalty competition will proceed to a sudden death format using the same five registered players until one team has scored a goal more than the other from the same number of pucks.
The regulation will also be in use for the relegation playoff between Kilkenny and Cork.
Last year, a free-taking competition was used to decide the winner between Limerick and Clare in the Allianz Hurling League quarter-final.
The sides could not be separated after normal time as a late Colin Ryan substitute left the scoreline on 3-16 to 0-25. Just as Clare looked to have the game won in extra-time, Diarmuid Byrnes scored a goal to send the game to a second period of extra-time.
Limerick have beaten Clare in the Allianz hurling League, dramatic finish Limerick winning by frees! pic.twitter.com/ixIdZW1cTN
— The GAA (@officialgaa) March 19, 2018
After 100 minutes of hurling, the teams remained level and so the game went to a first-ever free-taking competition, which the eventual All Ireland champions won.
Limerick are already safely through to the semi-finals following their comprehensive win over Laois last weekend. Due to poor weather conditions two weeks ago, the other quarter-finals, which were due to be played last Sunday, will now take place on Saturday.
Galway face Wexford in Pearse Stadium at 1.30pm while Waterford welcome Clare to Walsh Park at 3pm.
The final quarter-final sees Dublin take on Tipperary in Semple Stadium at 4.30pm while Kilkenny face Cork in the relegation play-off in Nowlan Park at 2pm.