Gaelic football is a form of football, played mainly in Ireland. Along with Hurling, it is the most popular sport in Ireland. The games history goes back to 1537, but the modern game came into place in 1887.
Gaelic football is played with two teams that have 15 players each on a rectangular grass pitch with H-shaped goals at each end. The main goal is to score by kicking, hitting or throwing the ball in the opponents goal. The team that has the most goals at the end is the winner.
Players run the ball up the pitch using a combination of Carrying and “Soloing” (Gently dropping the ball and kicking it back up), kicking it or passing it by hand to your teammates.
The grass pitch is rectangular, it can be up to 150 metres long, and up to 90 metres wide. There are H-shaped goals at each end with a net in the lower section.Lines are marked at 13m, 20m and 45m between each “deadline“.
At the senior level, matches last 70 minutes split into two 35 minute halves each for men, and 60 minutes split into two 30minute halves for women. In the event of a draw, teams can either play again or play an extra 20 minutes (2 x 10). The variety of a men’s match has changed overtime. Originally, the game would only last 60 minutes. In 1970 the games time was increased to 80 minutes. Today where a football match last 70 minutes applies from the changes in the 1975 season.
The teams consist of 15 players (1 keeper, 2 cornerbacks, 1 centre back, 3 halfbacks, 2 midfielders, 3 half forward, 2 corner forward and a centre forward) plus up to 15 substitutes, 5 of which can be used. Each players is numbered from 1-15, startet with the keeper, who must where a different coloured jersey.
The following are considered as technical Fouls (doing something “illegal” with the ball):
- Picking up the ball directly from the ground.
- Throw the ball.
- Run 4 steps without a prop, moving or “soloing” the ball (dropping and kicking the ball back up).
- Drop the ball twice.
- Hand the ball over the opponent’s head and run round to retrieve the ball.
- Hand the ball into the goal (it can be hit in from the air).
- Changing hand (throwing the ball left to right, and vice versa).
For example: Team 1, 0-15 / Team 2, 1-11.
Team 1 won with fifteen points against one-eleven. (1 + 11 = 14 ; 3 + 11 = 14).
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