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Tyrone CCC issues radical proposals for 2018 season

The Tyrone CCC has issued radical proposals for the 2018 season

The Tyrone CCC has issued radical proposals for the 2018 season

The Tyrone Competitions Control Committee has issued a series of radical proposals for the 2018 season in a discussion document circulated to clubs.

Recapping fixture problems that cropped up during this past year, the CCC have asked clubs to consider a number of options aimed at tackling the issue, which would entail restructuring the League and Championship.

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Stats released in the document underline the lack of activity in adult football during the height of last summer.

During July and August senior teams played only two games in each month across all three divisions of the All-County League. This meant enduring on average a 3/4 week gap between ACL matches during those months.

The figures also show that the problem was exacerbated for some clubs during the closing stages of the league season, with the maximum wait between league games in September/October as lengthy as eight weeks.

The haphazard nature of Reserve Football in the County is also highlighted in the document, with the average number of games played in the 2016 season working out at 10 (Division One), 11 (Div Two) and 9 (Div Three), meaning more than a third of scheduled matches were postponed.

Possible changes which the CCC have put forward to address these ongoing issues, that would be implemented in time for the 2018 season, include altering the ACL to form four leagues, with 12 teams in each league. These would be played on a home and away basis, which would mean 22 games in total, an increase from the present 15 (16 in Div Three).

Non-Starred Games (county players available) would see four points awarded for a win, and two for a draw, while Starred Games (Tyrone men omitted) would result in 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.

This would leave 66 maximum points available, with two teams promoted via the league, and the end of season play-offs removed.

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