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How the GAA football championship's Super 8 structure will work in the quarter-finals

This season will see the most significant change to the structure of the GAA football championship since the introduction of the qualifier system in 2001.

The GAA Congress opted to do away with the current quarter-final stage and replace it with a round robin format, which has become known as the Super 8.

The new system will be trialled on a three year basis starting in 2018, and is relatively simple.

Here's how the Super 8 structure's going to work

The four provincial champions and the four provincial runners-up, or the team that beats them in round four of the qualifiers, will be sorted into two groups of four.

Each team will play one home game, one away game and one game in Croke Park, with the top two teams in each group progressing to the semi-finals.

Here is how the two groups will be laid out in 2018:

Group 1: Munster champion, Connacht champion, Ulster runner-up (or team that beats them in round four of the qualifiers) and the Leinster runner-up (or team that beats them in round four of the qualifiers).

Group 2: Ulster champion, Leinster champion, Munster runner-up (or team that beats them in round four of the qualifiers) and Connacht runner-up (or team that beats them in round four of the qualifiers).

It will be interesting to see how the games are scheduled, as congress also voted to bring forward the All-Ireland finals by two weeks, thus adding eight extra quarter-finals while condensing the schedule.

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