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Gaelic Football

Gaelic Football is a combination of rugby and football.

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An Overview of Gaelic Football

Gaelic Football is a field game which is played on a rectangular pitch. The goalposts are the same shape as on a rugby pitch, with the crossbar lower than a rugby one and slightly higher than a football one.

The ball used in Gaelic Football is round and slightly smaller than a football. The ball can be carried by the player for a distance of four steps and must then be kicked or "hand-passed" (a striking motion with the hand or fist). A player cannot bounce the ball twice in a row. To score, the ball must go over the crossbar by foot or hand / fist for one point or under the crossbar and into the net by foot or the hand / fist, in certain circumstances for a goal, the latter being the equivalent of three points. Each team consists of 15 players.


  • Increase endurance
  • Increase agility
  • Develop physical coordination
  • Build muscle strength


Whilst Gaelic Football can be played anywhere for free wherever there is a space to play, some costs to consider when trying Football for the first time.


A football costs between £20-£60 depending on the ball. Some leisures can provide balls if a pitch is booked out.

Can be free or you can book a pitch for an average £25-£50.


You should consider buying decent football boots. Most major sports retailers can provide you with information required on what will suit you best.


  • The first legal reference to football in Ireland was in 1308
  • Gaelic sports at all levels are amateur, in the sense that the athletes, even those playing at elite level, do not receive payment for their performance

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