Extra Time in Championship Games, GAA Press Release

PRESS RELEASE
22.05.09

Use of extra-time to be restricted to two periods of ten minutes.

The GAA has confirmed that extra time used in games that finish level after 70 minutes in this year’s championships will be restricted to two periods of 10 minutes.

In accordance with the rule change made at last year’s Special Congress, extra time will be used in games that finish level before the semi-finals and finals of the provincial championships and All-Ireland series.

This policy applies to Senior, Minor, Intermediate, and Junior inter-county games.

The decision to use extra time was taken in an effort to avoid the need for replays and the disruption replayed games cause to club fixture schedules across the country.

Despite the original intention to use two additional periods of five minutes in the event that a game is still level after two periods of 10 minutes, the Association has confirmed that the use of extra time will now be restricted to the initial two periods and not four.

This decision has been taken for practical reasons related to the scheduling and broadcasting of games and in light of the potential for an over run in games, which would cause disruption for spectators and players involved in other games.

The GAA’s Central Council has sanctioned this change and the issue will be re-visited at Congress 2010.

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