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60% of Club GAA players reject 'Super 8' championship structure

The controversial system was approved at Congress last month.

The Official launch of the Club Players Association.
The Official launch of the Club Players Association.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

60% OF CLUB GAA players have voted against the introduction of the ‘Super 8′ championship restructure, according to a survey conducted by the Club Players Association (CPA).

Almost 5,000 players responded to the survey about the controversial change to the All-Ireland football championship, with just 12% voting in favour of the change, while less than 30% voted ‘not sure.’

The ‘Super 8′ system, which was approved at the annual GAA Congress last month, will see the introduction of a round robin stage come in to replace the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

It will come into effect in the 2018 championship, on a three-year experimental basis.

Survey Source: CPA

The survey also asked players for the three improvements they would like to see implemented.

The top three most popular suggestions were:

  • 72% – An unchangeable & predictable fixtures schedule.
  • 46% – Regular games during the summer.
  • 41% – A defined holiday period.

The CPA said today that they will be surveying all of their members on an ongoing basis about all matters of interest.

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