The GAA have today announced their revised fixtures roadmap for the 2021 season, beginning with the NHL taking place across the weekend of the 8th/9th of May.
The National Football League kicks off on the weekend of 15th/16th of May, with each division split into two groups of four.
As revealed a number of years ago, Armagh will be placed in an all-Ulster Division 1, meeting Donegal, Tyrone and Monaghan.
The top two in each group go through to the league semi-finals while the bottom two will play in a relegation play-off.
In Hurling, Armagh will get their league campaign up and running on the same weekend and Division 3A will not have a league final, but the team that finishes top will be crowned the league champion.
The 2021 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship will follow the same path as last year, with a straight knockout format.
The first round of the Championship is due to start on the weekend of 26th/27th of June.
The club calendar is set up as follows:
- Club competitions with county players can take place as County teams exit the Championships (in football, teams start exiting from the end of June; in Hurling July 10th) [RESTRICTIONS PERMITTING]
- From August 1st, all Counties bar All Ireland Semi-Finalists in Football and Hurling, and the teams in the Div 1 Hurling Relegation play off, will be free to stage club competitions with county players. [RESTRICTIONS PERMITTING]
- Additionally, the commencement of the Provincial Club Championships will be delayed until Mid-November.
- Provinces have been requested to ensure Clubs from teams in the senior inter-county All Ireland Semi-finals and Finals will not be involved in the earliest round of the relevant Provincial Championship (where possible).
- Senior Provincial Club Championship will most likely start in or around the weekend of Nov 20/21 (dates to be finalized by each Provincial Council).
- All Ireland Senior Club Finals are provisionally scheduled for the weekend of February 12th/13th 2022.