U17 Gaelic Football Development

U17 Gaelic Football Development

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U17 Gaelic Football Development

February 23, 2017

A Chara,

I am delighted to announce that London GAA will be launching an U-17 Gaelic Football Development Tournament next week. Please see the Fixtures and Team Sheet attached.The Tournament will operate under the following rules: 

  • The Tournament will be played at 11-a-side.
  • A panel will consist of 16 players for each match and the Team Sheet must be handed in 30 minutes before the start of each match - panels can be changed each week. There will be an unlimited use of substitutes throughout each match so players can come on/off.
  • The matches will be played every Saturday night under floodlights in Greenford (UB6 0NZ) and St.Paul's Academy (SE2 9PX).
  • The Tournament will start on Saturday, February 25th.
  • The matches will be 25 minutes a side and will start on the hour each week (5.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m). If the teams are late for the starting time then they will suffer a 5 point penalty and the match will be shortened.
  • Every Club will have a match each week and will be guaranteed 5 matches in total.
  • A Club will receive 3 points for a win and 2 points for a draw.
  • Clubs will be awarded a losing bonus point if they lose by 8 points or less.
  • There will also be a bonus point awarded if a Club scores 15 points or more in the match.
  • If a player receives a YELLOW card then they receive a 5-minute Sin Bin and the team are down to 10 men for 5 minutes.
  • If a player receives a BLACK card then they can not come back on for the rest of the match but can be replaced by a teammate.
  • If a player receives a RED card then they can not come back on for the rest of the match and they can't be replaced so the team are down to 10 men for the remainder of the match. The player is also suspended for the next match.
  • There will be a zero tolerance policy on dissent of any kind from players or management of any Club.

*Please note that the stronger Clubs will be asked to play under modified rules as the intention is to make the Tournament as competitive and meaningful as possible for each Club in preparation for the season ahead*

We see these matches as a vital part of their player development & a great opportunity for the young players to play the game in a competitive environment so we would encourage all Clubs to participate.

The London GAA U-17 Development Squad Management will be in attendance each week at the matches and this year's Development Squad will be selected after the Tournament has been completed.

Thank you all very much for your co-operation & I look forward to seeing you all in Greenford on February 25th. Is mise le meas, Lloyd Colfer,Community Development Administrator,London G.A.A.078 72600073