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Derry CCC propose 'opt in' championship schedule

All competitions to be played off in a group format

Derry CCC confirm championship schedule

Derry CCC have opted for a group format across all their adult championships for 2020, guaranteeing all players at least four games as part of a new schedule.

It comes after the new-look dates forced the county, like others across Ireland, into a revamp which was sent to clubs on Sunday.

"We would like to stress from the outset that any club not wishing to participate at either underage or adult level is entirely free to do so. There will be no penalty of any kind for wishing not to return to play at this time," read a statement from Derry GAA.

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"Participation in the proposed schedule is on an opt-in basis. We ask that clubs consider the games programme and provide CCC with a formal indication of your willingness to take part in the adult competitions on or before Friday, June 19," the statement continued.

At this stage the draws for the various competitions will be completed.

"We would once again like to thank clubs for all of the work in the community during this global pandemic and say thank you in advance for all the work that is required within the return to play roadmap," the statement went on.

"We appreciate the financial implications that this time has caused to both county and club finances. With this in mind, clubs will retain all gate receipts collected from home championship games in 2020."

All 16 senior football teams will be divided into four randomly drawn groups, guaranteeing them three games - home, away and neutral, for a knockout game.

Group games will commence on the weekend of August 8/9 and placings from the group will dictate pairings (1v4, 2v3) for the knock-out round set for 12/13 September, with the county final to fixed for the weekend of October 10/11.

The intermediate football championship will take the format of three groups of four, also randomly drawn.  It will commence on the weekend of August 8/9.

The top team in each group, and the best runner-up, will go straight to the quarter-finals, with the other eight teams playing off to populate the other four spots.  The intermediate final is also planned for the weekend of October 10/11.

For the senior and intermediate football championships, the quarter and semi-finals will be based on an open draw, with an effort to avoid repeat pairings in the quarter finals.

The junior football championship, also beginning on August 8/9, will take the format of a group of five and a group of four, drawn at random.  The top four in each group will make it through to the quarter-finals. 

The quarter-finals will be 1v4 and 2v3, with semi-finals an open draw ahead of a final, which will take place one week later, October 17/18.

In hurling, the eight teams will be drawn onto two groups based on the 2019 league placings, which will keep Slaughtneil and Kevin Lynch's apart. 

The top four teams will play off in the semi-finals, with the beaten semi-finalists playing in the intermediate final.  The other four teams from the groups will compete in the junior hurling championship.

The hurling championship begins first, on August 1/2 with the finals slotted in for September 20.

Teams can start training, under the GAA's return to action policy, on July 20 and Derry CCC must have all their championships complete within a tight 11-week window before the start of the inter-county season.

SFC (and reserve)

• 16 teams drawn randomly into four groups each containing four teams. Each team will have three games (home, away and neutral), played after the reserve game.
Game 1 - August 8/9
Game 2 - August 15/16
Game 3 - August 29/30

• All 16 teams will qualify for the knock-out stages and the draw will see teams seeded from the group stages. An open draw with 1 v 4 and 2 v 3 with no repeat pairings from the group stages.
Knock-out games - September 12/13

• Quarter Finals (Open draw, avoiding repeat pairings if possible)
September 26/27

• Semi Finals (Open draw)
October 3/4

•  Final
October 10/11

IFC (and reserve)

• 12 teams drawn randomly into three groups each containing four teams. Each team will have three games (home, away and neutral), played after the reserve games

• The top three teams and the best placed runner up will qualify directly to the Quarter finals. The remaining eight teams will play off for the last four Quarter final spots. This will be done in two pots next top four placed teams in one pot and remaining four in the other pot in an open draw with no repeat pairings
Knock-out games - September 12/13

• Quarter Finals (Open draw, avoiding repeat pairings if possible)
September 26/27

• Semi Finals (Open draw)
October 3/4

•  Final
October 10/11

JFC

• Nine teams drawn randomly into two groups. Teams will play three or four games depending on which group they are in. Each team will have at least 3 games (home, away and neutral, with two neutral games in the group of five).
Game 1 - August 8/9
Game 2 - August 15/16
Game 3 - August 29/30
Game 4 - September 12/13
Game 5 - September 26/27

• The top four teams in each group will advance to the quarter finals

• Quarter finals – 1 v 4 and 2 v 3
October 3/4

• Semi Finals – Open Draw
October 10/11

• Final
October 17/18

Hurling

• Eight teams in two groups of four. These groups will be based on last season’s league standings. Each team will have three games (home, away and neutral).
Game 1 - August 1/2
Game 2 - August 12
Game 3 - August 22/23

• The top two in each group (1v2) with play in the semi-finals, with beaten teams advancing to the intermediate final
Semi-finals - September 5/6

• The bottom two teams in each group will play off (3v4) with the two winners advancing to the junior final.
Finals - September 19/20

Thirds FC
• All teams will be in one group and will play each other once with the top four teams advancing to the semi finals, 1 v 4 and 2 v 3.
Game 1 - August 8/9
Game 2 - August 15/16
Game 3 - August 29/30
Quarter-Finals - October 3/4
Semi-finals - October 10/11
Final - October 17/18

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