UPDATED - All-Ireland football championship will be straight knock-out

Donegal's footballers and hurlers learn fixture dates

All Ireland championship

Ulster success for Donegal and captain Michael Murphy

This season’s All-Ireland football championship will be a straight knock-out, the GAA has confirmed.

It means that the losers of the eagerly awaited meeting of Donegal and Tyrone in the Ulster Senior Championship quarter-final wont get a second chance through the back door system.

The Ulster Council have confirmed the dates for the Ulster Championship ties. Donegal's game against Tyrone will be played on the weekend of Saturday October 31/Sunday, November 1.

The All-Ireland senior football championship final will be played just before Christmas on Saturday, December 19. The schedule of fixtures is included below.

Unlike the football, the hurling championship will contain a backdoor format. Their All-Ireland final is scheduled for Sunday, December 13.

Donegal's hurlers will be at home in the quarter-finals of the Nicky Rackard Cup against Longford. That tie is scheduled for the weekend of October 24/25.

The draws for the Munster and Leinster Senior Hurling Championships will take place live on RTÉ's Six One news this evening, along with the Leinster Football Championship to decide potential semi-final pairings. 

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

The GAA say the inter-county season will recommence on October 17 with the final two rounds of the league to be played before the championship fixtures start.

The hurling series will kick-start the inter-county championship season with provincial games commencing at the end of October. 

The Joe McDonagh Cup format remains the same, but the finalists won't proceed to the race for Liam MacCarthy and will be a curtain raiser to the All-Ireland hurling final.

Participation of British teams in the Ring and Rackard competitions will depend on travel situation between Ireland and Britain.  

The Association has confirmed that the provincial and All-Ireland club championships as well as the All-Ireland Schools Series and Tailteann Cup, have been postponed for the calendar year.

GAA Inter-county fixtures

24/25 October
Allianz Football League Round 7
Munster SHC 1/4-final
Leinster SHC 1/4 final
Christy Ring and Nickey Rackard 1/4 finals
Joe McDonagh & Lory Meagher Round 1

31 October/ 1 November

Connacht SFC 1/4 finals
Munster SFC 1/4 finals
Leinster SFC Round 1
Ulster SFC preliminary round/1/4 finals
Munster SHC semi-finals
Leinster SHC semi-finals
Joe McDonagh & Lory Meagher Round 2
Christy Ring & Nickey Rackard semi-finals & relegation semi-finals

7/8 November

Connacht SFC semi-finals
Munster SFC semi-finals
Leinster SFC 1/4 finals
Ulster SFC 1/4 finals
All-Ireland SHC Qualifier Round 1 (2 games)
Joe McDonagh Round 3 (1 Game)
Christy Ring & Nickey Rackard Relegation finals
Lory Meagher Round 3

14/15 November 

Connacht SFC final
Leinster SFC semi-finals
Ulster SFC semi-final
Leinster SHC final
Munster SHC final
All-Ireland SHC Qualifier Round 2 (2 games)
Joe McDonagh Round 3 (1 game)
Christy Ring, Nickey Rackard & Lory Meagher finals

21/22 November

Leinster SFC final 
Joe McDonagh Round 4
All-Ireland SHC quarter-finals (2 games)
Munster SFC final
Ulster SFC final
Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U20 SHC final

28/29 November

All-Ireland SHC semi-final (Leinster champion v 1/4 final winner)
Joe McDonagh Round 5
All-Ireland SHC semi-final (Munster champions v 1/4 final winner)
All-Ireland MFC semi-finals
All-Ireland MHC semi-finals

5/6 December

All-Ireland SFC semi-final (Leinster champion v Ulster champion)
All-Ireland SFC semi-final (Connacht champion v Munster champion)
All-Ireland MFC final
All-Ireland MHC final

13 December
All-Ireland SHC final
Joe McDonagh final

19 December
All-Ireland SFC final

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