GAA President, Liam O’Neill established the Football Review Committee (FRC) to examine the state of Gaelic football at all levels of the game. The President stressed that the FRC was to consult widely with GAA people from all over Ireland and abroad to establish what the football community was thinking about the state of football and what, if any, changes they would like to see.
This was a very wide remit because of the high level of participation in Gaelic football which spreads into every parish in the country and beyond. The FRC decided at the outset to consult to the maximum extent, so that its findings would be as representative as possible of all those involved in and supportive of Gaelic football. The consultation exercise undertaken was the largest ever conducted by the GAA and accordingly the findings in this report, which are drawn directly from that consultation, should be seen as of pivotal importance to the future of the game.
The FRC is indebted to all those who made their views known to us, whether through completing the online survey, by email or by post, or through the many face-to-face meetings. We hope this report does justice to the efforts of all those involved and that it will stimulate the kind of changes that are generally judged necessary to improve the wonderful game of Gaelic football.
This is the first of two reports by the FRC. The second report, on competition structures and related matters, will be published early in 2013.