GAA Congress 2013

The GAA Congress was held recently in Derry and it proved a very interesting affair with a number of notable motions being sanctioned or not-sanctioned. The most newsworthy motions were as follows;

Motion 4 has been passed. A ‘Black card’ will be introduced in Gaelic Football games from 1st January 2014. The introduction of the new black card will deal with five specific cynical fouls including

1. Aggressively remonstrating with an official.

2.Pulling down an opponent.

3. Deliberately tripping an opponent.

4. Body-checking after the ball is played.

5. Using threatening, abusive or provocative language to an opponent.

A player shown the black card will be sent from the field of play, to be replaced by a substitute. The rule will come into force on 1st January 2014.

Motion 3 which dealt with opening Croke Park and other GAA stadiums for future Rugby World Cup bid was also passed.

Motion 19 was passed and allows a referee wait five seconds after an offence to see whether a team can obtain an advantage by playing on.

Motion 20; The Mark. The motion to allow a player who has cleanly caught a kick-out past the 45 metre line take an unchallenged kick or play on with the ball in hand needed a two-thirds majority and narrowly failed.

Motion 21 dealing with the Clean Pick-up only received 46% and thus will not be carried.

Motion 22 passed with a big majority and you will be able to score a point with the open hand from 1st January 2014.

Motion 24 will be implemented and a public clock at senior championship fixtures to allow the attending crowd clearly see how much time has been played.

Motion 25; A massive 83% of delegates voted against the motion to increase the duration of all adult games from 60 minutes to 70 minutes and all games will remain at sixty minutes.

Motion 27 dealing with increase amount of branding on jerseys was passed and more than one sponsor can now appear on jerseys.

Motion 49: Release of teams to the media. The motion proposed demanded that senior championship teams would be announced four days before a game. The motion failed to reach a two-thirds majority.

Motion 52; Technology will be used on a trial basis in Croke Park after congress voted overwhelmingly in favour of it. The trial will take place over a period yet to be confirmed by central council. In that period Hawk-Eye will be available to a referee or umpire to help clarify whether a point has been scored, or if the result should be a wide or 45/65.

Motion 54 ‘Enshrining stance on anti-sectarian and anti-racist behaviour in the Official Guide got a lot of support from the delegates. 90% of delegates voted in favour of the motion which provides for a 96-week suspension for: “Any conduct by deed, word or gesture of sectarian or racist nature or which is contrary to the principles of inclusion and diversity against a player, official, spectator or anyone else, in the course of activities organised by the Association, shall be deemed to have discredited the Association.”

Full details of all the motions can be viewed on