The GAA may be about to change the Super 8s structures following criticism of the round-robin stage over the past two seasons.
At the GAA’s Central Council meeting over the weekend steps were taken to overhaul the Super 8s system. Round 1 games will remain as is with the four provincial champions facing teams that have come through the qualifier route.
The change is set to take place in Round 2 where the winners of the Round 1 clashes face each other while the losers also meet head-on. This is to avoid any potential dead-rubber matches that have blighted the Super 8s somewhat since its inception in 2018.
Many fans and pundits have lamented the GAA’s decision to use Croke Park as a venue for one round of Super 8s games. Some have taken umbrage with the fact that it leaves Dublin with two home games while others have raised concerns about poor attendances inside the 82,000 seater stadium.
However, the GAA’s CCCC may have the power to fix these games for alternative venues. This change requires the approval of a full GAA Congress, though, and will go forward as motion to Congress 2020 early next year.