Concern Debates: league phase

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Concern Debates: league phase

Concern Debates 2017 winners from Sacred Heart Clonakilty

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It’s all go here at Concern Debates HQ! Registrations for the Concern Debates have now closed and we are in the process of placing schools into groups. The Concern Debates team will be in touch with all schools who have registered by Friday 21st September to inform them if they were successful in securing a place in the Concern Debates competition. Schools will receive a timetable of their upcoming debates and a welcome pack with details of how the competition works.  The competition itself will commence on Monday 8th October.

New to Debating?

Are you new to the Concern Debates? The Concern Debates is divided into stages- League Phase, Playoff, Knockout, Quarter/Semi Final and Final. All schools will be entering the League Phase commencing on

October 8th. Each school will have four debates during the league phase. Two Debates will take place in their school (home debates) and two debates will take place in the opposing schools. For more information, check out our FAQ section here.

Three volunteer adjudicators are recruited by Concern to mark each debate. Debates generally take place at 7 or 8pm.

Want more information about the rules or videos of past Concern Debates? Check out our page here.

How does it work?


Teams debate four out of five motions in the League Phase. The motions are provided to participating schools after the registration deadline. Teams receive points (out of 3) for each debate, 3–0 for a unanimous win/loss, 2-1 for a majority win/loss and 1.5–1.5 for a draw. These are added up in the league table and their place in the table is calculated. The top 24 schools then go through to the playoffs or straight to the knockout phase.


What are the motions for this year?

  1. Individuals serious about combatting climate change, must give up eating meat
  2. Thirty years on, the world is no closer to ending the global HIV and AIDS epidemic
  3. NIKE should be applauded for standing with Colin Kaepernick
  4. The global population ‘time bomb’ has been all but defused
  5. The United Nations has become irrelevant

*Each school will debate four of these motions.


Please find information about each motion and a set of research links here.

Stay in touch

Follow our twitter account @concerndebates for updates and email the team [email protected]