All-Ireland SFC final on December 19 as championship starts on October 31

June 26, 2020

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire Cup. ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson.

The GAA have confirmed that this year’s football championships will start at the end of October and will be straight knockout.

The decision on the football championship was expected as was the intention to retain the provincial and All-Ireland format.

Opening round provincial football games will start on October 31 with the All-Ireland final penned in for December 19.

Roscommon will play London in the Connacht SFC pending the lifting of travel restrictions but New York will not take part this year.

All games must be decided on the day, even the All-Ireland final.

The Ulster, Leinster and Munster provincial football finals will be played on November 21/22 with the Connacht final on the previous weekend.

The final two rounds of the Allianz FL will be played on the weekends of October 17/18 and 24/25 but no finals will take place. The team that finishes top of each division will be deemed the winner.

The All-Ireland U20FC semi-finals and final will also be on the last two weekends in October.

There will be no Tailteann Cup this year and the provincial and All-Ireland MFC will have no backdoor. The final of the MFC is not scheduled to be played alongside the senior decider.

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