THE Cork ladies footballers will be seeded, along with Dublin, Galway, and Mayo, in a revamped round-robin TG4 All-Ireland series.
The formats for the TG4 All-Ireland Junior, Intermediate and Senior Ladies Football Championships have been ratified — and the draws will take place on Tuesday evening.
The 2020 Senior Championship will be contested by 12 counties — with four groups of three teams each set to battle it out in the round-robin stages.
The top team in each group will progress straight through to the All-Ireland Senior semi-finals.
The 2019 semi-finalists, namely champions Dublin, runners-up Galway, Cork, and Mayo, will be seeded and placed in separate round-robin groups.
An open draw will then determine who will join those four teams in the various pools.
The 2020 TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship will be contested by 13 counties — and will also be run off on a round-robin format to determine the four semi-finalists.
There will be three groups of three teams, and one group of four, in the qualifier phase, with the top team in each group progressing to the last four of the competition.
Westmeath, who were relegated from the TG4 Senior Championship in 2019, are one of the seeded teams, along with Meath, the 2019 Intermediate Championship runners-up, and last year’s beaten semi-finalists Roscommon and Sligo.
Six counties, meanwhile, will compete in the 2020 TG4 All-Ireland Junior Championship — Antrim, Derry, Fermanagh, (the 2019 runners-up), Carlow, Wicklow and Limerick.
An open draw will take place to make up two groups of three teams — with the top two teams in each pool then progressing to the semi-finals.
It is envisaged that each championship will be played off over seven weekends, with a two-week break between the conclusion of the group phases and the All-Ireland semi-finals, and a further two-week break between the semi-finals and finals.
The dates for the round-robin fixtures, and the All-Ireland semi-finals and finals, will be agreed upon and circulated in due course.
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