“New football rules will not benefit teams in the lower divisions” – Willie Quinlan

The rules are to road-tested next year in the pre-season provincial competitions

Former Carlow Senior Footballer Willie Quinlan thinks the new Gaelic Football rules will not benefit Carlow and the other teams competing in Division 3 and Division 4 of the National League.

The Gaelic Players Association will seek an urgent meeting with the G-A-A over concerns surrounding the trialing of new football rules.

Central Council confirmed that five alterations would be road-tested next year in the pre-season provincial competitions as well as the Allianz Leagues.

An overwhelming majority of G-P-A members are said to be against a new rule which would limit consecutive handpasses to three.

A clear majority are also against a rule that would mean all sideline kicks need to be played forward – unless inside the opposition 20-metre line.

The G-P-A don’t want the new rules trialled during the League.

Willie Quinlan says that referees are going to be tested more than ever…..

“Those kind of rules are definitely not going to suit the weaker, the Division 3 and Division 4 Teams because they like to hold onto the ball, they like to starve the other team of possession of the football and there is guys saying that after the third pass maybe if you drop the ball on the ground and pick it up again, you can restart.”

“It’s going to be difficult for officials and if you go to a club match and this is happening, how does a referee implement these rules on his own where he has no linesman or nobody to tell him, that’s a 3rd pass, it’s going to be very difficult”

“I think it’s going to be very confusing for the early stages of the League anyway”

Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne is the Head of Sport and News in KCLR96FM. He's an avid rugby fan and can be seen frequenting Leinster and local clubs games. He loves his GAA too and is a former hurler and footballer and stood between the posts for his home club of Kiltegan for many years. He's also a Man U fan for his troubles and shouts for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
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