Square ball rule change next week

From Monday next, May 14, Gaelic footballers, and goal-keepers in particular, will have a major adjustments to make with the introduction of the new square ball rule.

From Monday next, May 14, Gaelic footballers, and goal-keepers in particular, will have a major adjustments to make with the introduction of the new square ball rule.

The change, made at the GAA Congress in Laois, will allow a player enter the small recetangle once the final deliberate play of the play has been made, i.e. as soon as the player kicks, hand-passes, fist passes or deliberately flicks the ball into the small rectangle, then the attacking player may enter.

The rule is unchanged with regard to free kicks, line balls and 45s, in these instances players are not permitted to enter the small rectangle before the ball. This change will become operative in all club and intercounty games from May 14 next.