The GAA confirmed on Friday that the 2020 All-Ireland football championship will be straight knock-out while the hurling championship will contain a backdoor format.

For the first time since 2000, the football championship will be a do-or-die scenario with the All-Ireland final set to be staged on Saturday, December 19th, two weeks after the semi-finals.

The hurling final will be played on Sunday, December 13th.

All knockout games will be finished on the day, with penalties if required, including provincial and All-Ireland finals.

The inter-county scene will recommence on October 17th where the final two rounds of the league will be played before the race for Sam Maguire begins in earnest. 

Connacht GAA Secretary John Prenty says there is a lot of challenges to be met between now and October from an inter-county point of view.

He says the process of a return has been underway since March and this is now the fifth programme which he hopes will come to fruition.

It is unsure yet where Mayo’s Connacht Senior Football Quarter Final with Leitrim will be.

There is likely to be problems around social distancing and Croke Park will probably host the provincial decider.

John Prenty joined Michael D. McAndrew on Sunday Sport today to discuss a range of topics and look at the roadmap ahead.

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