The GAA are set to retain water breaks for the coming national league and championship seasons.

Game day regulations are to be finalised this week but the Irish Independent is reporting that water breaks, which were introduced last year as part of Covid-19 protocols, will be retained ahead of the new campaigns despite some high-profile opposition.

The water break rule allows for a pause in play of no more than a minute between the 15th and 20th minute of each half.

The rationale behind the move was to discourage players from sharing water bottles in the midst of the pandemic.

Referees have also insisted that with less incursions on the pitch, it makes games easier to manage while Congress’ decision to remove the role of maor foirne means only medical personnel will be allowed on the field along with players and officials.


GAA analyst and former Roscommon Senior Football manager Kevin McStay told Midwest Sport that he doesn't understand the logic behind the water break and says it gives an unfair advantage to the side who kicks a wide just before the break.