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Infographic explaining the basics of Gaelic Football


The ball can be carried in the hand for a distance of four steps and can be kicked or "hand-passed", a striking motion with the hand or fist. After every four steps the ball must be either bounced or "solo-ed", an action of dropping the ball onto the foot and kicking it back into the hand. You may not bounce the ball twice in a row. Players may contest for the ball by playing it with the hand or by shoulder charging an opponent side-to-side. VIA: GAA


Roc City Gaelic is proud to field teams for both Men's and Ladie's Gaelic Football. While the games are fairly similar, there are a few key differences in the style, but not the spirit of the play on the pitch. 

According to the USGAA, the rule differences are as follows: 

  • A player may pick the ball up directly from the ground, so long as she is standing

  • Most matches last 60 minutes; in men’s senior inter-county football, games last 70 minutes

  • Kickouts may be taken from the hand

  • A countdown clock with siren is used if available; in the men’s game, the referee decides the end of the game

  • All deliberate bodily contact is forbidden except when “shadowing” an opponent, competing to catch the ball, or blocking the delivery of the ball

  • A smaller size 4 gaelic ball is used compared to the size 5 ball used in the men’s game.

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