THE Armagh Club Championship will be changed from 2014 onwards to include a backdoor format. The motion, proposed by St Michael's, Newtown, was passed at this year's county convention and will apply to senior, intermediate and junior grades. All three grades are expected to have 16 teams in 2014 and an open draw will determine eight winners and eight losers.
The format will be as follows:
Armagh Senior, Intermediate & Junior Football Championships 2014
Championship Round 1 (16 Teams)*
Open Draw between competing teams Winners gain entry to Championship Round 2 Losers gain entry to Qualifiers Round 1
Championship Round 2
Open Draw between winners in Championship Round 1 Winners gaining qualification to Championship Quarter-finals. Losers gaining entry to Qualifiers Round 2
Qualifiers Round 1
Open Draw between losers in Championship Round 1 Winners gaining entry to Qualifiers Round 2 Loser exiting championship Extra time, if required
Qualifiers Round 2
Four losers from Championship Round 2 drawn against winners of Qualifiers Round 1 Winners gain entry to Championship Quarter-finals Losers exit championship Extra time, if required
Winners from Championship Round 2 drawn against winners of Qualifiers Round 2 Winners gain entry to Semi-finals Losers exit the championship
Winners from Quarter-finals drawn against each other Winners gain entry to Final Losers exit championship
Winners from Semi-finals play each other Winners receive trophy and medals Loser receive runners-up medals
* Where there are less than 16 teams in any championship the following shall apply:
Teams who are given a bye in Championship Round 1 will join the winners of that Round in Championship Round 2.
*Where there are more than 16 teams in any championship the following shall apply:
A number of teams shall be drawn to play each other in a Championship Preliminary Round Winning team(s) gain entry to 1st Round of Championship
Losing team(s) shall be drawn to play losing team(s) of the 1st Round of Championship losing teams (not their Preliminary opponents) in a Qualifier Preliminary Round with winners gaining entry to Round 1 of Qualifiers and losers exiting Championship.