The StatSport GAA Proximity Report says that 2.5 seconds is the average length if time that football players are within 2m of each other during a game.
The report also said that on average players break the 2m social distancing rule 17 times per minute in a game.
Some are reassured by the report while others argued that a tight marker could spend a whole game holding another players jersey.
I’m sorry but I’m not buying this. Ask Man Markers or players who have been Man-Marked. They’d be lucky if they have 2.5secs without the man holding onto his jersey... https://t.co/PHlqnKlvB5— Mark McHugh (@MarkMcHugh1) June 4, 2020
Jesus😅. If u were sent out to do a man marking job and u were anywhere outside of 2m off him, ud be hauled off in 2.5 seconds https://t.co/4cgPdFUfIH— Michael Sweeney (@MacSuibhne01) June 5, 2020
If I was more than 2m AWAY from my player for 2.5 seconds of a games I'd get a bollicking!!😂 christ who comes up with this stuff??— Michelle Madigan (@shellymad87) June 5, 2020
1 This info is not peer reviewed— Shane Mangan (@Shane_Mangan) June 4, 2020
2 No info on the method is given
Yet it is published in a national newspaper.
Avg club player will make 3.5 tackles a game, concede 1 free, win 1 free, contest 2 breaking balls from k/os ➕ stand beside their marker at the start of both halves https://t.co/afef6AbmAo