Playing rules up for experiment

May 23, 2023

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The GAA will trial alternative rules relating to the kick-out, free-kicks, sideline kicks, and free kicks awarded for a mark during the Higher Education Freshers 1 football competition later this year.

The proposed trial rule relating to the kick-out would require it to travel beyond the near 45-metre line before a team-mate of the goalkeeper who kicked it could play the ball.

The proposed rule relating to free-kicks, sideline kicks and free kicks awarded for a mark would prohibit players from kicking the ball backwards between the two 20-metre lines.

The GAA will also trial an alternative rule relating to the handpass in hurling during the forthcoming Higher Education Freshers 1 hurling competition.

This is the result of a close examination of the unlawful use of the handpass in hurling by the Standing Committee on Playing Rules.

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