The Football Review Committee of the GAA have come up with some very interesting proposals in an effort to improve the game. Among the five proposals are the curtailing of the the handpass; the introduction of a Sin bin and for kick-outs only four players (two from each) team can positioned between the two 45.
The five proposals are as follows:
Proposal (1): Handpass - To introduce a restriction of three consecutive passes of the ball with the fist or open hand by players of the team in possession.
Proposal (2): Sideline Kick - That the ball shall be played in a forward direction from the kick.
Proposal (3): The Mark – To extend the application of the Mark to the clean catching of the ball on or inside the 20m line from a kick delivered on or beyond the 45m line without it touching the ground.
Proposal (4): Sin-Bin – The Penalty on the day for a Black Card Infraction or two Yellow Card Infractions - an ordering off for ten minutes in a Sin Bin.
Proposal (5): Kick-Out/Zoning - For a kick-out, two players only from each team shall be positioned between the two 45m lines. The goalkeeper and a maximum of six players from each team shall be behind the respective 45m lines, until the ball is kicked.
If approved by Coiste Bainistíochta, the proposed rule changes would be implemented as a trial during the 2019 Allianz Football Leagues. Any trial rules would not feature in the 2019 Championship but, based on their success in the trial phase, could be approved for implementation in the 2020 Championship.