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Armagh league proposals very interesting

February 4, 2013

Prior to the draws for the 2013 championships delegates at the meeting were given detailed proposals of a new league structure. Clubs have been asked to consult with their members, especially players and a decision will be made at a Co Board meeting on Thursday 7 Feb.  No doubt this will lead to lively debate following all the controversy with last year’s leagues.

2013 Senior Intermediate & Junior Leagues – Proposal

Given the amount of discussion relating to the Armagh Football leagues during 2012, both at County Board meetings and on the Fans Forum of the Official website (relating to the summer meltdown for senior fixtures and the complete collapse of the Reserve leagues), it was no real surprise that the Armagh Competitions Control Committee / Fixtures committee released the following proposal to the clubs ahead of the first Co Board meeting of the year :

•Senior League — To consist of 16 teams (as per 2012 finishing position taking into account the promoted / relegated teams), single round of fixtures. Games to be played one per week to be completed prior to start of Senior championship (if desired).

This will guarantee all teams at least 16 games (15 league plus 1 championship) per season

Relegation to remain as three (3) down and should the Senior / Intermediate champions finish in the bottom 3, they will be replaced by the fourth bottom team (also fifth bottom should both senior & intermediate champions be in the bottom 3)

•Intermediate League— To consist of 16 teams (as per 2012 finishing position taking into account the promoted / relegated teams), single round, to be played one game per week to be completed prior to start of Intermediate championship (if desired).

This will guarantee each team at least 16 games (15 league plus 1 championship) per season.

Promotion / Relegation to remain as three (3) up and three (3) down. Should the Intermediate champions finish outside the Top three of the Intermediate league (including the relegation places), they will replace the third placed team and be promoted to the Senior league / championship for 2014. Should the Intermediate / Junior champions finish in the bottom 3, they will be replaced by the fourth bottom team (also fifth bottom should both intermediate & junior champions be in the bottom 3)

Given the apparent gulf that exists in the Junior league (which would not be evident in the Senior or Intermediate leagues), the following proposal was submitted :

•Junior League to be divided into Junior A and Junior B leagues both double round ie home and away fixtures. Junior A and B shall contain 8 teams each (as per 2012 finishing position taking into account the promoted / relegated teams) which would give each team 14 league games. If any other team/s enter ACL they would be placed in Junior B section. If an uneven number of teams in this league overall then “extra team” would be in Junior A.

NB (With the successful admission of Pearse Og II’s into this league at the Co Board meeting, Junior A would contain 9 teams (each guaranteed 16 league games against teams of a similar ability) while Junior B would contain 8 teams (each guaranteed 14 league games against teams of a similar ability).

•Junior Championship would be played for by all teams in A and B leagues and the Junior Championship winners will be guaranteed promotion to the Intermediate league / c’ship for the 2014 season regardless of which section of the league they played in.

Depending on number of teams in A and B it may not be possible to complete leagues prior to championship if current starting date of championship were to apply.

Promotion from Junior A to Intermediate : would be on a three (3) up and three (3) down basis. Should the Junior champions finish outside the Top three in the Junior league (including the relegation places), they will replace the third placed team in Junior A and be promoted to the Intermediate league / championship for 2014.

Relegation from Junior A to Junior B : would be on a two (2) down and two (2) up basis. Should the Junior champions finish in the bottom two in the Junior A league, they will be replaced by the third bottom team (who will be relegated to Junior B instead) and be promoted to the Intermediate league / championship for 2014 (again replacing the third placed team in Junior A).

Promotion from Junior B to Junior A : would be on a two (2) up and two (2) down basis. Should the Junior champions finish in the Top two (2) in the Junior B league, they will replace the third place team in Junior A in being promoted to the Intermediate league and the third place team in Junior B will be promoted to Junior A league.

Should the Junior champions finish outside the Top two in Junior B, the top two teams shall be promoted to Junior A league for 2014 and the Junior champions will replace the third place team in Junior A league in gaining promotion to the Intermediate league for 2014

In the event that the Junior championship winners should also gain promotion from the Intermediate league to the Senior league, they will play in the Senior league / c’ship in 2014.

All leagues to have a top two play off to decide winners (if desired by clubs)

Games called off as per Rule 4a (bereavement in club) — will be refixed for the following Friday provided clubs involved have not already been allocated a fixture on that date in which case CCC will inform clubs of re-fixture date.

This change of re-fixture day for games affected by Rule 4a will enable Reserve teams to be allocated Wednesday evenings for their games without interruption. This is an effort to give Reserve teams their rightful place in our calendar of fixtures with regular guaranteed fixtures.

These proposed changes will not impinge on the proposed championship set up as already in County Bye laws / Regulations which have been agreed for the 2014 season and beyond.

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