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School Competition Rules

Connacht GAA Post Primary Schools Competitions-

General Rules for 2023/24

1) All correspondence for schools will go out via email to your official GAA School email address.

2) All communication in regards school’s competitions must come through the school’s designated coordinator, (

 3) Due to the tight timetable we have available to play off our competitions, especially with Senior Competitions going to All Ireland Stages, all matches must be played on or before the fixture date listed. All fixtures are listed on the Connacht GAA website. 

4) Any unfulfilled games not played prior to the final round of the round robin fixtures will be declared null and void.

5) Mutual postponements will only be allowed when both schools notify the Connacht GAA Office, (, via email of the agreed new date, (which must be within 48 hours of the original fixture), and this is sanctioned by the Schools Committee. All games not played under the above will be deemed null and void.

 6) Results for all games, (Football & Hurling) to be notified to the Connacht GAA Office immediately after the match by the designated home team, (first team listed), via email to or by phone 0949630335

7) If a Championship is partly organised on a League basis, the following Regulations shall apply:

(a) League results shall be credited as follows: 2 points for a win, and one for a draw.

(b) If a Team is Disqualified or Retires during the course of the League Stage, its played Games shall stand and its unplayed Games shall be awarded to the Opposing Teams.

(c) Except where provided for otherwise in these Rules, or in Competition Regulation, when Teams finish with equal points for Qualification for the Concluding Stages, or for Promotion or Relegation, the tie shall be decided by the following means and in the order specified:

(i) The higher number of League Points obtained in the ‘Head-to-Head’ games defined as the games in which the teams involved in the tie have played each other.

(ii) The higher Scoring Difference (subtracting the total Scores Against from total Scores For) in the ‘Head-to-Head’ games.

(iii) The higher Scores For in the ‘Head-to-Head’ games.

(iv) If the application of criteria (i) to (iii) results in a team(s) being successful or eliminated but there is still a relevant tie to be decided, criteria (i) to (iii) are to be repeated for the ‘Head-to-Head’ games only of the still tied teams.

(v) The higher Scoring Difference in all games in the League Group.

(vi) The higher Scores For in all games in the League Group.

(vii) A Play-Off.

As per Rule 6.21(5) T.O. 2023

 8) All Knockout games will be “Winner on the Day”. If level after normal time, extra time will be played (two periods of ten minutes), and if still level, a “penalty competition” to decide the outcome. Match regulations & player registration form will be forwarded on.  

9) If home venue is not available for home matches, teams must travel to opponent’s venue.

10) All schools must have a Staff Member in charge of their team

 11) Referees must be paid before the start of all matches, the €40 fee to be shared by the two schools.

 12) Football– It is the responsibility of all players to wear mouth guards.

Hurling– It is the responsibility of all players to wear helmets.

 13) Participating schools are responsible for the behaviour of their players, managers and supporters.

 14) Particular attention and respect for club property and club personnel where matches are played should be a priority.

 15) Rules regarding discipline and playing games as per Official Guide.

 16) Age Groups- see agenda

(6.17 T.O. 2023).

Grades/Competitions  Age Limits
Senior –        3 year age span for A,B, C football and A hurling

(born after 01-01-2005 and before 01-01-2008)

–        4 year age span for D,E,F football and B,C, D hurling

(born after 01-01-2005 and before 01-01-2009)

Junior Born on or after 01-01-2007 and before 1-7-2011
Juvenile born or after 01-01-2009


17) PLC Students are not eligible to play in Post Primary Competitions.

 18) Each school shall Submit a list of players for each of it’s teams to Comhairle Chonnacht, (, on the standard Team Registration form no later than 3 days prior to the commencement of the competition. The list of players must contain a minimum of 15 players per team and to include the following information, Name, Date of Birth, Home Club and County.

19) Schools that have entered additional teams into the Competitions must indicate their first 15 players, these players can only play with their ‘A’ team and cannot be used on other teams, (see attached Team registration form).

 20) Match Days for Connacht Colleges Football Competitions:

  • Monday- Junior
  • Tuesday- 1st Year
  • Wednesday- Senior
  • Thursday- Juvenile

21) Playing Rules- Football Competitions

– 1st Year & Juvenile Competitions- Unlimited substitutions are allowed on the referee’s permission and only permitted in a break in play.

– 1st Year- The Goalkeeper has the option of taking the kickout from the ground or his hands.

A size 5 Football to be used in all grades except 1st Year where a Size 4 football must be used.

– The 1st Year D & E Football Competition games to be played on 13-a-side basis, however if both teams agree 15-a-side may be played.

Playing Rules- Hurling Competitions

  • 1st Year & Juvenile Competitions- Unlimited substitutions are allowed on the referee’s permission and only permitted in a break in play.