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New Rules For Gaelic Football

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Nothing much wrong with the rules if the teams are evenly matched. That said, advance mark has to go in its current form. Any rule specifically designed solely to outlaw the current Dublin style of play is nonsense.

A simple, beneficial change to improve fairness would be 3 subs max in normal time (2 further in extra time). Extras subs were added as a balance to the introduction of the black card, but was not altered since the move to a sin bin format.

3 subs max would curb the practice of the big teams emptying the bench with 1/3 of a new team to see off the less resourced opponent in the last 20 minutes.

It would level the terms for smaller panels at club and county alike and not be just targeted at Dublin. Bye laws on subs for juvenile games to allow as many kids as possible to get game time.

Eddie the Exile (Monaghan) - Posts: 861 - 09/12/2020 22:24:21    2320895

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Replying To Whammo86:  "Reducing the number of players is the wrong idea.

It'll only make it easier to retain possession.

The pitch is too big for 15 players rather than being too small."
I would disagree

We need more kicking and man on man play and less running

13 a side - 3 subs - 80 min games (4x20 min)
45 yard arch with two points for a score outside it

End of blanket defending as the opposition will beat you with long range points and you'll be too tired to attack on the break

tirawleybaron (Mayo) - Posts: 879 - 13/12/2020 04:20:07    2321760

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Replying To tirawleybaron:  "I would disagree

We need more kicking and man on man play and less running

13 a side - 3 subs - 80 min games (4x20 min)
45 yard arch with two points for a score outside it

End of blanket defending as the opposition will beat you with long range points and you'll be too tired to attack on the break"
It'd make for a rubbish game.

There'd just be so many blowouts. There's almost nothing worse than seeing teams just reducing the opposition to shooting practice.

There's nothing wrong with having to work for scores or for a team to have to work their way up the pitch.

The pitch is too big for 15 a side, it'd be way too big for 13 a side.

Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 3627 - 13/12/2020 12:36:51    2321843

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I'd abolish the advanced mark, makes it too much like Aussie Rules and often removes the chance of a goal. The mark from the kickout can stay as we should be protecting high fielding, which is one of the great skills of gaelic football.

I'd change the black card to a sin bin. Black card offences in the last five minutes of a game should be either automatic sendings-off or bringing the ball forward 50 metres.

I'd also like to see something that would get rid of the aimless handpassing across the field when teams funnel men behind the ball. Perhaps a shot clock once the ball gets worked in beyond the opposition's 45?

Either give the umpires discretion to stop the game to bring things to the referee's attention or get rid of them altogether, because as it stands too many of them are the square root of useless.

Gleebo (Mayo) - Posts: 1973 - 13/12/2020 15:05:12    2321898

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Replying To Gleebo:  "I'd abolish the advanced mark, makes it too much like Aussie Rules and often removes the chance of a goal. The mark from the kickout can stay as we should be protecting high fielding, which is one of the great skills of gaelic football.

I'd change the black card to a sin bin. Black card offences in the last five minutes of a game should be either automatic sendings-off or bringing the ball forward 50 metres.

I'd also like to see something that would get rid of the aimless handpassing across the field when teams funnel men behind the ball. Perhaps a shot clock once the ball gets worked in beyond the opposition's 45?

Either give the umpires discretion to stop the game to bring things to the referee's attention or get rid of them altogether, because as it stands too many of them are the square root of useless."
Agree on advanced mark in attack removal, it slows the game down in attack. The sin bin is a better rule than the prior one of straight player replacement. However with current defensive setups I haven't seen it have a material affect, maybe awarding a straight penalty and sin bin would deter teams. Many black cards are issued for stopping a player with a strong likelihood of scoring a goal, rugby awards a penalty try in these cases.
Dunno about the shot clock though it kinda gives the defense power to just stop the shot for x seconds and doesn't fix what is the biggest problem with shooting in football today, the risk/reward for a single point from distance is not wort it. You give up possession and may walk away empty handed, whereas keeping possession and shooting or punching from 10-15 yards out or playing for a free gives a higher rate of success. There needs to be incentive to shoot from distance, this would force blanket defenses to protect larger scoring areas and would reward the skill of long distance shots.

BostonGuy (Galway) - Posts: 29 - 13/12/2020 17:39:09    2321983

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