The 2019 campaign for the Laois footballers gets underway tonight as they face Meath in the first round of the O’Byrne Cup.
The match will be played at 6pm in O’Moore Park.
Laois will also face Wexford and Wicklow in the competition too with the top team from the group qualifying for the semi finals.
The O’Byrne Cup will also see the introduction of the new rules put in by the GAA.
These will be trialed in this competition before being put under a review to see if they will be used again in the National Football League.
Here is a rundown of how the rules will apply to the games:
1: Hand Pass
To introduce a restriction of three consecutive passes of the ball with the fist or open hand by players of the team in possession. The playing of the ball by open hand(s) or fist for the purpose of scoring a point shall not be deemed a hand pass. Once an opponent touches the ball in play, this will be considered a break in the hand pass chain.
Free kick from where the foul occurred except as provided under the Exceptions in Rule 2.2.
2: Side-line Kick
The ball shall be played forward from the kick except where the kick is inside the 20m line of the opposing team.
Cancel side-line kick. Throw-in the ball in accordance with Rule 2.2.
3: The Advanced Mark
To extend the application of the Mark to the clean catching of the ball from a kick in play (i.e. not from set-play) delivered by the kicker on or beyond the opposing team’s 45m line, that travels a minimum of 20 metres and without it touching the ground.
The application of the Mark shall be standardised as follows:
Fifteen seconds shall be allowed for a Free to be taken from a Mark.
A player shall signify he is taking a Mark as per current Rule 2.12 where the ‘player shall signify to the Referee he is taking the ‘Advanced Mark’
A score may be made from a free awarded for a Mark in all cases.
Exception: A free-kick from a Mark shall be taken from the
To have a Penalty on the day for a Black Card Infraction by ordering off the offending player for 10 minutes in a Sin Bin. The 10 minutes shall commence with the ordering off to the sin-bin and shall end on the expiry of the 10 minutes, irrespective of delays. The 10 minutes shall be monitored by the 4th Official, where operating, and otherwise by the Referee. The player may only re-join the game at a break in play and on the instruction of the 4th Official or Referee. A subsequent Black Card Infraction shall be penalised by the showing of a Black Card followed by a Red Card. In this case there shall be no substitution allowed.
– The maximum number of substitutions in normal
time to return to five.
5: Kick-Out from 20m Line
The kick-out shall be taken off the ground from a point on the part of the 20m line that forms the semi-circular arc.
All players, other than the Goalkeeper (and another player if the goalkeeper is not taking the kick-out) shall be outside the 20m line, outside the arc and 13m from the ball until it has been kicked.
Cancel kick-out. Throw-in the ball on defenders’ 20m line in front of the scoring space.