Huge changes for All Ireland championship as congress votes in favour of two-tier split in 2020
The All Ireland football championship will be split into two tiers in 2020 after the GAA Special Congress voted to pass the motion ahead of next season.
75.6% of delegates voted in favour of introducing two tiers, with the championships to be split by league position. The sides in Division 1 and 2 will play in the top tier, with those in Division 3 and 4 competing in the second tier.
The provincial championships will be played as is, with teams from Division 3 and 4 only gaining entry into the qualifiers if they reach a provincial final.
As things stand, Down, Derry and Antrim would be consigned to the second tier but the championships will only be finalised after the 2020 National League, so there will be plenty of jockeying for position to come next spring.
Belfast Telegraph Digital