Following sustained pressure; the GAA have decided to adjust the controversial November/December inter-county training ban.
Delegates at a meeting in Co. Laois voted by 84% to 16% to bring in a rolling training ban based on a team’s exit from that season’s championship. The new ruling means that a county knocked out of the championship in June can return to training on November 15th, while one knocked out in July can return to training on 1st December.
Sides exiting the championship in August can return to training on 8th December, while those reaching the All-Ireland finals in September can only return to training from 29th December – just three days earlier than the current arrangement.
All other teams will be banned from training in November and December while there will be no training/games from 21st-28th December.
Inter-county U21 football teams can begin training on 1st January, while hurlers in the same age category can train from 1st May onwards. Inter-county minor hurling and football teams are permitted to start training on 1st March.