All Ireland Football Championship (GAA Football 2021)

The All Ireland Senior Football Championship is the major Gaelic football competition in Ireland. It is a tournament that takes place every year and is organised by GAA Ireland. Read on to find out what you need to know about the All Ireland Football Championship 2021.

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Format of the Competition

A county in Ireland is a geographical region, and there are a total of 32 counties in the country, all with their own GAA football team. Each county's team, apart from Kilkenny, plays in their own Provincial Championships, which is reflective of the four provinces of Ireland - Connacht, Leinster, Ulster, and Munster. Gaelic football teams from London and New York usually compete in the Connacht Championship, but that is not the case this year due to the pandemic. The whole normal Gaelic football season was ruined in 2020 thanks to the pandemic, meaning that the All Ireland Championship had to be played in December instead. Fans across the country did not mind though as they were just eager to see GAA return to play.

The Provincial Championships are a knock-out competition format that takes place in the months of May and June. The winners from the four Provincial Championships earn themselves a spot in the All Ireland Super 8s stage, which is a round-robin that takes place in July and August.

Teams that do not win their provincial championships have two different pathways. A team will either remain alive in the GAA All Ireland event and enter the All Ireland football qualifiers, or they will enter a second-tier knockout tournament that is known as the Tailteann Cup. The following teams are those that make their way to the qualifiers:

  • Division One and Two teams from the current year's National Football Leagues
  • The two Division Three teams from the current National Football League who got promoted
  • If a Division Three or Four team lose their provincial final, they enter the qualifiers

All other teams are entered into the Tailteann Cup, which is played in a knockout format.

The qualifiers for the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship are played out as follows:

Round 1: Eight teams participate in this round, with those teams that failed to make it to their provincial final being drawn against another team. The winners make it through to Round 2, while the losing teams are eliminated.

Round 2: Eight teams play in this round; the four winners from Round One and the four teams that lost their provincial final. There is a draw to see who will play who and the winning teams qualify for the All Ireland Super 8 stage, while the losing teams are eliminated.

The All-Ireland Championship is played as follows:

Super 8s: The four champions of their provinces and the four teams that win in Round Two of the qualifiers play in a group stage that happens in July and August. The group stage is played as a league, with two groups consisting of four teams that play each other once. Each team will play one home match, one away game, and one match at Croke Park, Dublin. The two teams that finish top of their group qualify for the semi-finals.

Semi-finals: The winner from Group One will play the runner-up from Group Two, while the winner of Group Two will play the runner-up of Group One. These semi-finals are played over one weekend.

Final: The two teams that are left will compete in the GAA All Ireland Final that is played at Croke Park, Dublin, in the month of August. The winning team gets to lift the Sam Maguire Cup.

N.B. Due to the current pandemic issue, there was a slight change to the format for the 2020 edition and also the 2021 All Ireland Football Championship. The Super 8 stage was dropped altogether and the winning team from each provincial competition will go on to compete at the All Ireland Semi-Final 2021, with the two winners of these matches going on to compete in the All Ireland Football Final 2021. Hopefully, the format will be able to go back to normal in 2022.

The Provincial Championships

As we mentioned above, there are four provincial championships that are an integral part of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, and we are going to take a closer look at these right now in relation to the 2021 GAA All Ireland event. We are not going to go into a lot of detail, since each provincial championship has its own dedicated page where you can find all the information that you need.

Leinster Senior Football Championship

The Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, known to most as the Leinster Championship, is the most prestigious Gaelic football event in Leinster and it has taken place each year since 1888. There are 11 teams that take part in the Leinster Championship, and one of them is Dublin who is one of the most successful Gaelic football teams.

Below we have given you a breakdown of the Leinster Senior Football Championship. Kildare, Dublin, Meath, and Laois all received byes to the quarter-finals due to the fact that they made it to the semi-final stage last year. After the quarter-finals have been played, there will be another draw to determine who will play who. We cannot fill in all the data since the information is not available at the moment, but we will update the tables as soon as we know.

Round 1:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
27th June – 13:30OffalyLouth
27th June – 15:00WicklowWexford
27th June – 16:30CarlowLongford

Quarter-finals:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
4th July - TBCLouth/OffalyKildare
4th July – 15:30Wicklow/WexfordDublin
4th July - TBCLaoisWexford
4th July - TBCMeathCarlow/Longford

Leinster Football semi finals:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
18th July - TBC
18th July - TBC

Leinster Football final date:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
1st of August - TBC

Connacht Senior Football Championship

The Connacht Senior Football Championship is the biggest Gaelic football event in Munster, and it has been around for 133 years. There are 7 teams that compete in this championship, and Mayo is the most successful team, having won the competition no fewer than 47 times.

Below you will find a breakdown of the 2021 Connacht Senior Football Championship. Due to the fact that London and New York were withdrawn from the competition because of Covid restrictions, there are only five teams competing this year. Leitrim, Galway, and Roscommon received byes to the semi-finals, while Mayo and Sligo will play a quarter-final to see who gets to join them. Once again, we will update the following table as and when the GAA matches are played.

Quarter-Final:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
26th June - 16:30MayoSligo

Semi-Finals:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
4th July - 14.00GalwayRoscommon
11th July - 14:00LeitrimMayo/Sligo

Final:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
25th July - 13:15TBDTBD

Munster Senior Football Championship

The Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship, which is known to Gaelic football fans as simply the Munster Championship, is the biggest Gaelic football event in Munster. It was formed back in 1888 and there are five teams that compete in it, with Cork being the most successful thanks to their 54 titles.

Below you will find the breakdown of the 2021 Munster Championship. Since Tipperary won the competition in 2020, they have been given a bye into the semi-finals, while Cork got a bye as well thanks to their semi-final finish last year. As usual, the tables will be updated when the matches have been played.

Quarter-Finals:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
26th June - 15:00KerryClare
26th June - 19:00LimerickWaterford

Semi-Finals:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
10th July - 15:00CorkLimerick/Waterford
10th July - 19:00TipperaryKerry/Clare

Final:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
24th July- 15:15TBDTBD

Ulster Senior Football Championship

The Ulster Senior Football Championship is the main Gaelic football event for teams in Ulster. It has been in existence since 1888 and is considered by many to be the hardest of the provincial competitions to win. There are 9 teams that compete in this event, and Cavan is the most successful thanks to their 40 titles.

Below we have given you the lowdown of the 2021 Ulster Senior Football Championship. This Championship has a preliminary round, but Derry, Cavan, Tyrone, and Monaghan are exempt from it.

Preliminary Round:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
27th June - 13:15DownDonegal

Quarter-Finals:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
3rd July - 15:30MonaghanFermanagh
4th July - 15:30ArmaghAntrim
10th July - 16:30TyroneCavan
11th July - 16:00DerryDown/Donegal

Semi-Finals:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
17th July - 16:00Antrim/ArmaghMonaghan/Fermanagh
18th July - 16:00Tyrone/CavanDown/Donegal/Derry

Final:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
1st August - 15:15TBDTBD

All Ireland Semi Final 2021

As mentioned earlier, there will be no qualifiers or Super 8 stage in 2021 due to the current pandemic issue. Instead, all four winners of the provincial tournaments will advance straight to the semi-final stage. This is not really ideal since Gaelic football fans will miss out on plenty of tasty matches, but it is what it is at the moment.

Below we have given you a table of what the semi-finals, which are scheduled to take place in August, will look like. Just to reiterate, we will update this table when we know the teams that win their provincial championships and make it through to the semi-finals of the GAA Championship.

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
Connacht winnerLeinster winner
Munster winnerUlster winner

All Ireland Football Final 2021

Once the semi-finals have been played, we will finally know the two teams that will be battling it out for the most prestigious trophy in Gaelic football. The final will be played in August at Croke Park, Dublin, and we hope that there will at least be some attendance allowed this year. The 2020 final between Dublin and Mayo was an entertaining match, but it really was not the same without fans cheering their team on.

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
Connacht winner/Leinster winnerMunster winner/Ulster winner
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The Stadiums That Are Used

The All Ireland Football Final is played at Croke Park in Dublin, but there are obviously other stadiums that are used for the provincial championships. There are 16 different stadiums that are used, and in the table below you can find all the information that you could possibly want to know about them.

CountyLocationStadiumCapacity
CavanCavanBreffni Park32,000
CorkCorkPáirc Uí Chaoimh45,000
DerryDerryCeltic Park22,000
DonegalBallybofeyMacCumhail Park18,000
FermanaghEnniskillenBrewster Park20,000
DublinDrumcondraCroke Park82,300
GalwayGalwayPEarse Stadium26,197
LaoisPortlaoiseO'Moore Park27,000
LeitrimCarrick-on-ShannonPáirc Seán Mac Diarmada9,331
MonaghanClonesSt. Tiernach's Park36,000
OffalyTullamoreO'Connor Park20,000
RoscommonRoscommonDr. Hyde Park25,000
TipperaryThurlesSemple Stadium45,690
WaterfordDungarvanFraher Field15,000
WestmeathMullingarCusack Park11,000
WexfordWexfordWexford Park20,000

All Ireland Football Odds

As we have shown above, there are plenty of All Ireland GAA fixtures 2021 that Gaelic football fans can sit down and enjoy. However, apart from watching the entertainment, there is something else that you can do to make the matches even more entertaining, and that is doing a spot of Gaelic football betting.

Gaelic football is not the most popular sport in the world for people to bet on, but any sports betting site that accepts Irish punters should have All Ireland club football odds for you to take advantage of. Gaelic football predictions are becoming more and more popular though because of the variety of markets that are now available for Gaelic football fans to bet on. To add to this, the All Ireland football odds are usually pretty enticing due to the competitive nature of the competition - there is never usually one team that is head and shoulders above the rest.

In the following section, we are going to provide you with some Gaelic football tips that can help you out when you are looking to do a bit of All Ireland betting. However, before we give you such useful information, we are going to provide you with tables that showcase the odds on offer for the All Ireland football winners as well as the Footballer of the Year. The latter is a great market to bet on as the All Ireland odds for this market are always very high because it is a hard bet to get right. Despite its difficulty, we recommend that you try to predict the GAA Footballer of the Year as even if you do not win, you will get plenty of entertainment from following your chosen player throughout the competition.

Since we are still some distance away from the business end of this tournament, we obviously do not know which teams will be competing in the semi-finals, nor are bookies yet to give odds for the Footballer of the Year. When the All Ireland football winners odds are out, we will update the table below. Also, when the players in contention for Footballer of the Year are known and odds are out, we will update that table too.

(All Ireland club final 2021):

TeamBookie 1Bookie 2Bookie 3Bookie 4
Connacht winner
Leinster winner
Munster winner
Ulster winner

Footballer of the Year:

TeamBookie 1Bookie 2Bookie 3Bookie 4
Martin Reilly
Gearoid McKiernan
Thomas Galligan
Tiernan McCann

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So, we have spoken about All Ireland football odds 2021, and the next thing that we are going to take a closer look at are free bets. It is great fun to do a spot of All Ireland betting, but it is even more fun when you are making use of the All Ireland football final betting odds with money that has been given to you by the sportsbook that you have an account with.

Nowadays, bookmakers will provide potential customers with free bets as an incentive to get them to register with them. Free bets are not all created the same, so you have to look around to make sure that you are getting the best deal possible when signing up with a bookmaker. You obviously do not want to sign up with a bookie to do a spot of All Ireland club football betting only to find out that their odds on All Ireland football are poor and their Welcome Bonus is not even one of the best around.

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Gaelic Football Tips

When it comes to GAA betting, you can, if you so wish, dive right in and start placing bets without doing a single bit of research. However, if this is your betting strategy, do not be too surprised when you start losing more money than you win. Okay, you might win a bet every now and then, but you will end up losing your bet more often than not. Below we are going to give you some valuable GAA tips that you should always keep at the forefront of your mind when you are looking at Gaelic football betting odds.

Check the Form

This might sound like the most obvious thing to do when betting on a Gaelic football match, but you will be shocked by the number of people who do not bother to look at recent form. Whenever you are thinking about betting on a match, it is imperative that you check out how the two teams have been playing as of late as there is no substitute for form.

Obviously, this could be a bit tricky when both teams have strung together a number of wins to go deep into a competition. When this is the case, we suggest that you look at how they have achieved their victories. Have they been blowing teams away? Did they scrape by in their last few matches? Did they get a controversial win? Have they dominated their opponents all season? You have to ask these questions for both teams participating in the match and answer them, of course.

Stick to Your Local Counties

If you have just started your GAA betting experience, then a good piece of advice that we can give you is to stick with matches from your local county to start with. Why do we recommend this? Well, it is because there is more of a chance that you will have plenty of knowledge on the teams and you can form a more educated opinion about how the game could pan out.

If you are not living in Ireland or are new to the sport, then you have to read up before you start betting. Once again, you can select a county and then improve your skills in that sector. If you do this, you will be able to concentrate on a small number of teams instead of dozens, which can be quite intimidating even for experienced Gaelic football bettors.

Check the Number of Games Played

The number of games a team plays in a season can vary drastically. Teams that consistently make it to finals, such as Kerry or Dublin, will play many more games than most as being successful means less rest period. Therefore, fatigue can play a huge role when it comes to betting on this sport. If a favourite is coming up against a team that many has as the underdog, but you feel that the underdog is fresher, it is not a foolish move to bet on the underdog to win the game. If you are not that confident that they will win, then you can consider placing a handicap as it is likely that they would not need to win the game for your bet to be successful.

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Kerry Will Be Looking to Make It 38 Total Wins

When it comes to the number of titles won, Kerry sits at the top of the pile having won this prestigious competition no fewer than 37 times. They have also finished second on 23 occasions, which goes to show just how much success they have had in this competition over the years. However, they have not lifted the trophy since 2014, so they will feel that it is about time that they did.

Last year, they did not even make it to the semi-finals as they lost in the Munster Championship semi-finals to Cork, who then went on to lose to Tipperary. They will be hoping to finish top of their provincial championship this time around, so that they have a shot at making it to the All Ireland club final and picking up the title for the 38th time.

Dublin Will Be Looking to Retain Their Title

Dublin beat Mayo in the 2020 final to claim their 30th title, but what is impressive about Dublin is the fact that since 2010 they have won this title a staggering 8 times. In fact, if you take a look at a list of all Ireland football winners over the last decade or so, you will see that they have lifted the All-Ireland Football Championship trophy for the last 6 years in a row. Now, that is total dominance if you ask us. They have a very good team, and very few will bet against them making it 7 from 7.

Cillian O'Connor Will Be Looking to Make Hay

Cillian O'Connor, who plays for Mayo, is the all-time top scorer in this competition and averages 7.1 points per game. He was the top scorer last year with an average of 11.0 points per match, and he will be looking to finish at the top of the leaderboard for the second year in a row. With the skills that he has, there will not be much betting against him doing exactly that.

Other players that will be looking to challenge him for this trophy are Dean Rock (Dublin), Conor Sweeney (Tipperary), and Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin). Whenever you are thinking about placing a top scorer bet, it is always wise to take a look at how the players have been performing as of late.

A Look Back at 2020

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 edition of the All-Ireland Football Championship took place in December, and it was won by Dublin, yet again. In the table below, we have given you both the semi-final results and the final GAA All Ireland score from the 2020 edition of this prestigious competition.

Semi-Final:

DateTeam 1Team 2
5th DecemberDublin 1-24 (27)Cavan (12) 0-12
6th DecemberMayo 5-20 (35)Tipperary (22) 3-13

Final:

DateTeam 1Team 2
19th DecemberDublin 2-14 (20)Mayo (15) 0-15

FAQS

When is the All-Ireland Football Final in 2021?

The All-Ireland Football Final will take place at some point in August, but at this moment of time there is no exact date for it. Once a date is known, we will come back to update this page.

What Time is the All-Ireland Football Final in 2021?

Once again, the time of the All-Ireland Football Final has not yet been revealed,

What Player Has Won the Most All Ireland Football Medals?

There have been 12 players that have won a total of 8 All-Ireland medals and these are; Pat Spillane (Kerry), Páidí Ó Sé (Kerry), Mikey Sheehy (Kerry), Denis Moran (Kerry), Ger Power (Kerry), Stephen Cluxton (Dublin), Michael Fitsimons (Dublin), Kevin McMahon (Dublin), James McCarthy (Dublin), Cian O'Sullivan (Dublin), and Michael Darragh MacAuley (Dublin).

Who Are the Current All-Ireland Football Champions?

The current All-Ireland Football Champions are Dublin. They have won the title for the last six years in a row, and have won the tournament 8 times in the last 11 years.

What Does GAA Stand for?

GAA stands for Gaelic Athletic Association and they are responsible for promoting all Gaelic games in Ireland such as Gaelic football, hurling, handball, and rounders.

What is GAA Football?

GAA football is an Irish team sport where players can carry the ball in hand for a total of four steps before they must bounce or kick the ball back into their hands. The ball can be passed to a teammate using a boot to kick it or a hand to fist punch it. The aim of this game is to score points by either punching or kicking the ball into the opposing team's net (three points) or kicking it between the upright posts (1 point).

Which Bookmaker Offers the Best Betting Odds for GAA?

There are plenty of bookmakers out there that accept Irish sports betting fans and have odds for Gaelic football, but not all odds are created equally. Some of the bookmakers with the best odds when it comes to Gaelic football includes the likes of William Hill, Ladbrokes, and Bet365.

Who Will Win the All-Ireland Football Championship in 2021?

It really is quite difficult to give an answer to this quite early on, but if we were to put our money on a team at this moment in time, we would probably go for Dublin. They have been the team to beat over the last decade or so, and we do not see it being much different this time around.

How Long is a Gaelic Football Match?

Most Gaelic football matches are 60 minutes long with two halves lasting 30 minutes each, but senior inter-county Gaelic football matches last for 70 minutes, with two halves lasting 35 minutes each.

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