2019 National Football League (Ireland)

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2019 National Football League
League details
Dates26 January 6 April 2019
Teams32
League champions
Winners Mayo (12th win)
Captain Diarmuid O'Connor
Manager James Horan
League runners-up
Runners-up Kerry
Captain Paul Murphy
Manager Peter Keane
Other division winners
Division 2 Donegal
Division 3 Westmeath
Division 4 Derry
2018
2020

The 2019 National Football League , known for sponsorship reasons as the Allianz National Football League, was the 88th staging of the National Football League (NFL), an annual Gaelic football tournament for Gaelic Athletic Association county teams. Thirty-one county teams from the island of Ireland, plus London, competed; Kilkenny do not participate.

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The GAA announced a new broadcast agreement on 10 January 2019, expected to run from 2019 until 2022. Eir Sport and RTÉ provided live TV coverage of the league on Saturday nights. TG4 broadcast Sunday afternoon games. The highlights programmes were RTÉ2's League Sunday on Sunday evenings, TG4's GAA 2019 on Monday evenings and Eir Sport's Allianz Leagues Reloaded on Wednesday evenings. [1] [2]

Mayo were the winners, defeating Kerry in the final. [3]

Experimental rules

On 24 November 2018, the GAA Central Council approved five experimental changes to the football playing rules which were amended slightly and trialled in the 2018–19 early season competitions organised by the four provincial councils (FBD League - Connacht, O'Byrne Cup - Leinster, McGrath Cup - Munster and McKenna Cup - Ulster). [4]

The rules trialled were [5]

  1. The maximum number of consecutive handpasses allowed is three.
  2. A sideline free must be kicked forward except when it is inside the opposing team's 20 metre line.
  3. An advanced mark (sometimes also referred to as an attacking mark, inside mark or offensive mark) may be taken where the ball is kicked in the area outside the opposing team's 45 metre line, travels more than 20 metres, and is caught cleanly without touching the ground in the area inside the opposing team's 45 metre line by an attacker or a defender. Up to fifteen seconds are allowed for the free resulting from the mark to be taken.
  4. Ten minutes in a sin bin without replacement is imposed on a player who commits a black card offence. The offending player can re-enter the game or be substituted after the ten minutes have elapsed.
  5. Kickouts must be taken from the 20 metre line but are not required to travel beyond the 45 metre line.

The effectiveness of the new rules was reviewed by Central Council on 19 January 2019. Although one of the key aims of the experiment was to reduce the number of handpasses in Gaelic football, they voted 25-23 to not continue with the rule that restricted the number of consecutive handpasses to three (which was previously trialled in the 1989 National Football League and quickly abandoned [6] ). This decision followed an almost universal campaign by GAA county team managers in the media against its permanent introduction [7] The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) were also strongly against the three handpass rule. [8]

Experimental rules 2 to 5 (see above) were trialled in the 2019 National Football League, beginning on 26 January 2019 and ending on 31 March 2019. There was little criticism of the four rules in the league games though Jim Gavin, the Dublin manager, said the decision to experiment in the league, the GAA's second tier inter-county competition, was "disrespectful". [9]

GAA rules only allow changes to the playing rules in years divisible by five which means that, at the earliest, the experimental playing rules could only be approved by Congress 2020 for implementation in the 2020 Championship. [10]

A Special Congress was held on 19 October 2019. [11] Three rules were passed and were introduced beginning in 2020 –

Competition format

League structure

The 2019 National Football League consists of four divisions of eight teams. Each team plays every other team in its division once, usually four home and three away or three home and four away. Two points are awarded for a win and one point for a draw.

Teams by Province and Division
ProvinceDivision 1Division 2Division 3Division 4Total
Connacht 30115
Leinster 126211
Munster 13026
Ulster 33129
Britain 00011
Total888832

Tie-breaker

If only two teams are level on league points -

If three or more teams are level on league points, score difference is used to rank the teams.

Finals, promotions and relegations

Division 1

The top two teams in Division 1 contest the National Football League final. The bottom two teams are relegated to Division 2.

Division 2, Division 3 & Division 4

The top two teams in Divisions 2, 3 and 4 are promoted and contest the finals of their respective divisions. The bottom two teams in Divisions 2 and 3 are relegated.

Division 1

Division 1 table

PosTeamPldWDLPFPAPDPtsQualification
1 Colours of Kerry.svg Kerry 760111392+2112Advance to Division 1 Final
2 Colours of Mayo.svg Mayo 750210292+1010
3 Colours of Tyrone.svg Tyrone 741210895+139
4 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin 740312299+238
5 Colours of Galway.svg Galway 74039510388
6 Colours of Monaghan.svg Monaghan 7205103114114
7 Colours of Roscommon.svg Roscommon 711592121293Relegation to 2020 NFL Division 2
8 Colours of Cavan.svg Cavan 710690109192
Updated to match(es) played on 1 April 2019. Source: GAA.ie
Rules for classification: 1) League points; 2) Where two teams only are involved – the outcome of the meeting of the two teams in the League; 3) Score difference – subtracting the total scores against from the scores for; 4) Highest total score for; 5) Highest total goals for; 6) A play-off.

Division 1 Rounds 1 to 7

Division 1 Round 1

Division 1 Round 2

Division 1 Round 3

Division 1 Round 4

Division 1 Round 5

Division 1 Round 6

Division 1 Round 7

Division 1 Final

TG4
31 March 2019 (2019-03-31)
16:00 IST (UTC+1)
Final
Kerry2-10 (16) (20) 3-11Mayo
Croke Park , Dublin
Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford)

Division 2

Division 2 table

PosTeamPldWDLPFPAPDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Colours of Meath.svg Meath 760111184+2712Advance to Division 2 Final
2 Colours of Donegal.svg Donegal 750211294+1810
3 Colours of Fermanagh.svg Fermanagh 7322697458
4 Colours of Kildare.svg Kildare 7313879367
5 Colours of Armagh.svg Armagh 722310197+46
6 Colours of Clare.svg Clare 721410711365
7 Colours of Cork.svg Cork 721491112215Relegation to Division 3
8 Colours of Tipperary.svg Tipperary 711599110113
Updated to match(es) played on 1 April 2019. Source: GAA.ie
Rules for classification: 1) League points; 2) Where two teams only are involved – the outcome of the meeting of the two teams in the League; 3) Score difference – subtracting the total scores against from the scores for; 4) Highest total score for; 5) Highest total goals for; 6) A play-off.

Division 2 Rounds 1 to 7

Division 2 Round 1

Division 2 Round 2

Division 2 Round 3

Division 2 Round 4

Division 2 Round 5

Division 2 Round 6

Division 2 Round 7

Division 2 Final

TG4
30 March 2019 (2019-03-30)
17:00 IST (UTC+1)
Final
Meath1-15 (18)(20) 1-17Donegal
Croke Park , Dublin
Referee: Derek O'Mahoney (Tipperary)

Division 3

Division 3 table

PosTeamPldWDLPFPAPDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath 74219984+1510Advance to Division 3 Final
2 Colours of Laois.svg Laois 7502117103+1410
3 Colours of Down.svg Down 75029885+1310
4 Colours of Louth.svg Louth 741210888+209
5 Colours of Longford.svg Longford 7313888807
6 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly 72148999105
7 Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow 7214909445Relegation to Division 4
8 Colours of Sligo.svg Sligo 700792140480
Updated to match(es) played on 1 April 2019. Source: GAA.ie
Rules for classification: 1) League points; 2) Where two teams only are involved – the outcome of the meeting of the two teams in the League; 3) Score difference – subtracting the total scores against from the scores for; 4) Highest total score for; 5) Highest total goals for; 6) A play-off.

Division 3 Rounds 1 to 7

Division 3 Round 1

Division 3 Round 2

Division 3 Round 3

Division 3 Round 4

Division 3 Round 5

Division 3 Round 6

Division 3 Round 7

Division 3 Final

TG4
6 April 2019 (2019-04-06)
4:45 pm
Final
Westmeath1-13 (16) (13) 0-13Laois

Division 4

Division 4 table

Possible problem: 775 total for != 760 total against

PosTeamPldWDLPFPAPDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Colours of Derry.svg Derry 770012995+3414Advance to Division 4 Final
2 Colours of Leitrim.svg Leitrim 760111994+2512
3 Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim 730410090+106
4 Colours of Waterford.svg Waterford 7304919766
5 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford 730410511496
6 Colours of Wicklow.svg Wicklow 73047890126
7 Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick 7205829194
8 Colours of London.svg London 71067189182
Updated to match(es) played on 1 April 2019. Source: GAA.ie
Rules for classification: 1) League points; 2) Where two teams only are involved – the outcome of the meeting of the two teams in the League; 3) Score difference – subtracting the total scores against from the scores for; 4) Highest total score for; 5) Highest total goals for; 6) A play-off.

Division 4 Rounds 1 to 7

Division 4 Round 1

Division 4 Round 2

Division 4 Round 3

Division 4 Round 4

Division 4 Round 5

Division 4 Round 6

Division 4 Round 7

Division 4 Final

TG4
30 March 2019 (2019-03-30)
3:00 pm
Final
Derry0-20 (20) (16) 0-16Leitrim
Croke Park , Dublin
Attendance: 30,465

League statistics

Top scorer: Overall

RankPlayerCountyTallyTotalMatchesAverage
1 Ger Egan Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath 3-505987.4
2 Seán O'Shea Colours of Kerry.svg Kerry 1-555887.2
3 Evan O'Carroll Colours of Laois.svg Laois 1-414485.5
4 Jonathan Bealin Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford 0-424276
5 Conor McManus Colours of Monaghan.svg Monaghan 0-414175.9
6 Ryan O'Rourke Colours of Leitrim.svg Leitrim 4-284075.7
7 Dean Rock Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin 2-323875.4
8 Mickey Newman Colours of Meath.svg Meath 1-333684.5
Conor Sweeney Colours of Tipperary.svg Tipperary 2-303675.1
10 David Tubridy Colours of Clare.svg Clare 3-263575
11 Donal O'Hare Colours of Down.svg Down 4-223474.9
12 Peter Harte Colours of Tyrone.svg Tyrone 3-243374.7
13 Bernard Allen Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly 0-313174.4
14 Ryan Murray Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim 3-213065

Top scorer: Single game

RankPlayerCountyTallyTotalOpposition
1 Ryan O'Rourke Colours of Leitrim.svg Leitrim 2-0713 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford
2 Seán O'Shea Colours of Kerry.svg Kerry 0-1212 Colours of Cavan.svg Cavan
Conor Sweeney Colours of Tipperary.svg Tipperary 1-0912 Colours of Clare.svg Clare
4 Shane McGuigan Colours of Derry.svg Derry 2-0511 Colours of Leitrim.svg Leitrim
Donal O'Hare Colours of Down.svg Down 3-0211 Colours of Longford.svg Longford
6 Jonathan Bealin Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford 0-1010 Colours of Derry.svg Derry
David Tubridy Colours of Clare.svg Clare 1-0710 Colours of Armagh.svg Armagh
David Tubridy Colours of Clare.svg Clare 1-0710 Colours of Cork.svg Cork
Ger Egan Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath 1-0710 Colours of Laois.svg Laois
10 Ryan Bell Colours of Derry.svg Derry 0-099 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford
Dean Rock Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin 0-099 Colours of Cavan.svg Cavan
Ger Egan Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath 0-099 Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow
Ger Egan Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath 0-099 Colours of Laois.svg Laois
Ger Egan Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath 0-099 Colours of Longford.svg Longford
Ross Munnelly Colours of Laois.svg Laois 1-069 Colours of Louth.svg Louth
Niall McNamee Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly 1-069 Colours of Sligo.svg Sligo
Peter Harte Colours of Tyrone.svg Tyrone 1-069 Colours of Monaghan.svg Monaghan
Ryan Burns Colours of Louth.svg Louth 2-039 Colours of Laois.svg Laois

Scoring events

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