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Thirty-three teams took part – thirty-one of the thirty-two Counties of Ireland, London and New York. Kilkenny, as in previous years, did not enter.
Dublin are the defending champions; they claimed a record-equalling fourth consecutive title in 2018, becoming only the fourth team to achieve this feat (the others are Wexford in 1915–18 and Kerry in 1929–32 and 1978–81). If Dublin win, they will become the first county football team to win five consecutive senior championships
Twenty eight of the twenty nine teams beaten in the provincial championships enter the All-Ireland qualifiers, which are knock-out. Sixteen of the seventeen teams (New York do not enter the qualifiers) eliminated before their provincial semi-finals play eight matches in round 1 of the qualifiers, with the winners of these games playing the eight beaten provincial semi-finalists in round 2. The eight winning teams from round 2 play-off against each other in round 3, with the four winning teams playing the four beaten provincial finalists in round 4. This completes the double-elimination format as the four round 4 winners re-enter the main competition at the Super 8 stage (officially named The All-Ireland Quarter-Final Group Stage). Further details of the format are included with each qualifier round listed below.
In rounds one to three, teams from divisions three and four of the National Football League have home advantage if drawn against teams from divisions one and two.
All qualifier matches are knockout with “Winner On The Day” rules being applied if a match is level at the end of the normal seventy minutes. Initially two extra time periods of ten minutes each way are played. If the score is still level two further periods of five minutes each way are played. If the score is still level, the winner is determined by a Penalty shoot-out.
Significant changes to the format of the All-Ireland championship were made at the GAA’s Annual Congress in February 2017 and introduced in 2018. The major change was the creation of the All-Ireland Quarter-Final Group Stage commonly know as “The Super 8’s”, which replaced the four knockout quarter-finals. Two groups of four teams compete in the Super 8s with the top two teams in each group contesting the semi-finals on a weekend in mid August. The All-Ireland final is played “by the 35th Sunday of the year”.
The changes will be trialed for three years before being reviewed by the GAA in late 2020.
Live Gaelic Football On TV
RTÉ, the national broadcaster in Ireland, will provide the majority of the live television coverage of the football championship in the second year of a five-year deal running from 2017 until 2021. Sky Sports will also broadcast live games and have exclusive rights to a number of matches including some All-Ireland football super 8 matches. Both RTÉ and Sky Sports televise the two All Ireland Football semi-finals live and All Ireland Football Final Live
All-Ireland Quarter-Final Group Stage Group 2
- 4 August 2019 Cork vs Roscommon
- 4 August 2019 Tyrone vs Dublin
- 10 August 2019 Semi-Final : Kerry/Donegal/Mayo vs Dublin/Tyrone ; 17:00 IST (UTC+1)
- 11 August 2019 Semi-Final : Dublin/Tyrone vs Kerry/Donegal/Mayo ; 15:30 IST (UTC+1)
The Central Competitions Control Committee of the GAA decided in October 2018 that, in future, the final should be played “by the 35th Sunday of the year”. Traditionally the final was held on the third Sunday in 1st September.
- 1 September 2019 Grand Final : Winner Semi-Final 1 v Winner Semi-Final 2 in Croke Park, Dublin [ 15:30 IST (UTC+1) ]