Get Inspired: How to get into Gaelic football

Gaelic football

How do I start?

You can find your local club in Northern Ireland on the Gaelic Athletic Association website.external-link Gaelic football in England, Scotland and Wales is overseen by the Provincial Council of Britain GAA.external-link

What is it?

  • Gaelic football is one of the most popular sports in Ireland. It's fast paced, with two 15-a-side teams, and is played on a field a little bit bigger than a football pitch.
  • The aim of the game is to put the ball in your opponents' net (worth three points) or between the posts and above the crossbar (for one point).
  • Matches last for 70 minutes, using a ball slightly smaller than a football. You can move the ball along the pitch by either kicking it out of your hands, along the ground or passing it to a team-mate by hitting it with your fist.
  • With the ball, you can only run a maximum of four steps, after which you either have to bounce it or kick it up and catch it to carry on.
  • It may sound complicated but it's really easy to pick up - the GAA websiteexternal-link has a full list of rules.

Is it for me?

  • Gaelic football is full contact, fun, fast and will improve your fitness. Not only that, you'll meet new people and make friends, with team-mates known to create strong bonds off the field.

What to expect when I start?

To get you in the mood ...

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