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Gaelic Football (Irish: Peil, Peil Gaelach or Caid ), commonly referred to as "football", or "Gaelic" , is a form of football played mainly in Ireland. It, along with Hurling, is the most popular spectator sport in Ireland.[1] Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the Cornish sport, see Cornish Hurling. ...


Gaelic football is played by teams of 15 on a rectangular grass pitch with H-shaped goals at each end. The primary object is to score by kicking/striking the ball with your hand and getting it through the goals. The team with the highest score at the end of the match wins.

A child participates in a game of gaelic football
A child participates in a game of gaelic football

Players advance the ball up the field with a combination of carrying, soloing (dropping and then toe-kicking the ball upward into the hands), kicking, and hand-passing to their team-mates. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 573 pixel Image in higher resolution (1024 × 733 pixel, file size: 202 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Image from :http://www. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 573 pixel Image in higher resolution (1024 × 733 pixel, file size: 202 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Image from :http://www. ...


Gaelic football is one of four Gaelic Games run by the Gaelic Athletic Association, the largest sporting organization in Ireland. It has strict rules on player amateurism and the pinnacle of the sport is the inter-county All-Ireland Football Final. The game is believed to have descended from ancient Irish football known as caid which dates back to 1537, although the modern game took shape in 1887. Gaelic games are the native sports of Ireland: principally Hurling, Gaelic Football and Camogie. ... For other uses, see GAA (disambiguation). ... Look up amateur in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Bank of Ireland All-Ireland Senior Football Championship is the premier knockout competition in the game of Gaelic Football played in Ireland. ... Caid was the name used for a collection of various ancient and traditional Irish football games. ...

Contents

Rules

Diagram of a Gaelic football pitch
Diagram of a Gaelic football pitch

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Playing field

The grass pitch is rectangular, stretching 130–145 metres long and 80–90 metres wide. There are H-shaped goalposts at each end with a net on the bottom section. The same pitch is used for hurling; the GAA, which organizes both sports, decided this to facilitate dual usage. Lines are marked at distances of 13m, 20m and 45m from each end-line. Shorter pitches and smaller goals are used by under-14s [2]. For the Cornish sport, see Cornish Hurling. ...


Duration

aws are decided by replays or by playing 20 minutes of extra time (two halves of 10 minutes). All Gaelic football matches last for 60 minutes, divided into two halves of thirty minutes, with the exception of senior inter-county games which last for 70 minutes (two halves of 35 minutes). Dr

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Teams

Teams consist of fifteen players (a goalkeeper, two corner backs, a full back, three half backs, two mid fielders, three half forwards, two corner forwards and a full forward) plus up to fifteen substitutes, of which five may be used. Each player is numbered 1–15, starting with the goalkeeper, who must wear a different coloured jersey. A football goalkeeper leaves the ground to parry a shot on goal In many team sports, a goalkeeper (termed goaltender, netminder, goalie, or keeper in some sports) is a designated player that is charged with directly preventing the opposite team from scoring by defending the goal. ...


Positions

Further information: Gaelic football and Hurling positions

The following are the positions in the Gaelic sports of Gaelic football, hurling and camogie. ...

The ball

The game is played with a round leather football, similar to a soccer ball, but heavier, and with horizontal stitching rather than the hexagon and pentagon panels often used on soccer balls, and similar in appearance to a standard volleyball. It may be kicked or hand passed. A hand pass is not a punch but rather a strike of the ball with the side of the closed fist, using the knuckle of the thumb. A football is used to play one of the different sports known as football or Rugby. ... Soccer redirects here. ... For other uses, see Hexagon (disambiguation). ... Look up pentagon in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A Mikasa volleyball, the official ball of FIVB beach events A volleyball is a ball used in the sports of indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. ...

The ball, made by Irish company O'Neills, being used for a Gaelic football match.
The ball, made by Irish company O'Neills, being used for a Gaelic football match.
A player from a Canada GAA club shoots for goal
A player from a Canada GAA club shoots for goal

The following are considered technical fouls ("fouling the ball"): The ball made in Ireland by the Irish company ONeills used for all official Gaelic football matches. ... ONeills Irish International Sports Company Ltd. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 428 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (731 × 1024 pixel, file size: 152 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) from [[1]] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 428 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (731 × 1024 pixel, file size: 152 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) from [[1]] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Canadian County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), or Canada GAA, is one of the county boards of the GAA outside Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games all across Canada. ...

  • Picking the ball directly off the ground
  • Throwing the ball
  • Going four steps without releasing, bouncing or soloing the ball. (Soloing involves kicking the ball into one's own hands)
  • Bouncing the ball twice in a row
  • Hand passing the ball over an opponent's head, then running around him to catch it
  • Hand passing a goal (the ball may be punched into the goal from up in the air, however)
  • Square ball, an often controversial rule: If, at the moment the ball enters the small rectangle, there is already an attacking player inside the small rectangle, then a free out is awarded.
  • Changing hands: Taking the ball from your right-hand to left or vice-versa.

Scoring

If the ball goes over the crossbar, a point is scored and a white flag is raised by an umpire. If the ball goes below the crossbar, a goal, worth three points, is scored, and a green flag is raised by an umpire. The goal is guarded by a goalkeeper. Scores are recorded in the format {goal total}-{point total}. For example, the 1991 All-Ireland semi-final finished: Meath 0-15 Roscommon 1-11. Thus, Meath won "fifteen points to one-eleven" (1-11 being worth 14 points). Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... The Gaelic Athletic Association The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the Bank of Ireland Football Championship) is the premier knockout competition in the game of Gaelic football played in Ireland. ... The Meath County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cummann Luthchleas Gael Coiste An Mhí) or Meath GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Meath. ... For more details of Roscommon GAA see Roscommon Senior Club Football Championship or Roscommon Senior Club Hurling Championship. ...


Tackling

The level of tackling allowed is more robust than in association football (soccer), but less than rugby. The tackling rule has been criticised for being too vague. For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ...


Shoulder-charging and slapping the ball out of an opponent's hand is permitted, but the following are all fouls:

  • using both hands to tackle
  • pushing an opponent
  • striking an opponent
  • pulling an opponent's jersey
  • blocking a shot with the foot
  • sliding tackles
  • tripping
  • touching the goalkeeper when he is inside the small rectangle
  • wrestling the ball from an opponent's hands

Restarting play

  • a match begins with the referee throwing the ball up between the four mid fielders.
  • After an attacker has put the ball wide of the goals, the goalkeeper may take a kick out from the ground at the edge of the small square. All players must be beyond the 20m line.
  • After an attacker has scored, the goalkeeper may take a kick out from the ground from the 20m line. All players must be beyond the 20m line and outside the semicircle.
  • After a defender has put the ball wide of the goals, an attacker may take a "45" from the ground on the 45m line level with where the ball went wide.
  • After a player has put the ball over the sideline, the other team may take a sideline kick at the point where the ball left the pitch. It may be kicked from the ground or the hands.
  • After a player has committed a foul, the other team may take a free kick at the point where the foul was committed. It may be kicked from the ground or the hands.
  • After a defender has committed a foul inside the large rectangle, the other team may take a penalty kick from the ground from the center of the 13m line. Only the goalkeeper may guard the goals.
  • If many players are struggling for the ball and it is not clear who was fouled first, the referee may choose to throw the ball up between two opposing players.

Officials

A Gaelic football match is watched over by eight officials:

  • The referee
  • Two linesmen
  • Sideline official/Standby linesman (inter-county games only)
  • Four umpires (two at each end)

The referee is responsible for starting and stopping play, recording the score, awarding frees and booking and sending off players.


Linesmen are responsible for indicating the direction of line balls to the referee.


The fourth official is responsible for overseeing substitutions, and also indicating the amount of stoppage time (signalled to him by the referee) and the players substituted using an electronic board.


The umpires are responsible for judging the scoring. They indicate to the referee whether a shot was: wide (spread both arms), a 45m kick (raise one arm), a point (wave white flag), square ball (cross arms) or a goal (wave green flag).


All officials are also required to indicate to the referee, foul play or other misdemeanours he may have missed, but unfortunately this is a rare occurrence. The referee can over-rule any decision by a linesman or umpire.


Dissatisfaction with officials is common in Gaelic football. Referees are often criticised for leniency and inconsistency (particularly with regard to the "square ball" rule, sending players off, and dissent), not seeing fouls, and playing an inordinate amount of stoppage time at the end of games (said to be hoping the losing team gets a draw). A common urban legend refers to a referee who was locked in the boot of a car after a Wicklow club game by unimpressed players. An urban legend or urban myth is similar to a modern folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them. ... The Wicklow County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Irish: Cummann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Cill Mhantáin) or Wicklow GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Wicklow. ...


History

The first mention of football in Ireland is found in 1308, where John McCrocan, a spectator at a football game at Newcastle, County Dublin was charged with accidentally stabbing a player named William Bernard. Events Henry VII is elected as king of the Holy Roman Empire. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Dublin Code: D Area: 921 km² Population (2006) 1,186,821 County Dublin (Irish: Contae Bhaile Átha Cliath), or more correctly today the Dublin Region[1] (Réigiúin Átha Cliath), is the area that contains the city of Dublin, the capital and largest city...


The Statute of Galway of 1527 allowed the playing of "foot balle" and archery but banned "'hokie' [sic] — the hurling of a little ball with sticks or staves" as well as other sports. However even "foot-ball" was banned by the severe Sunday Observance Act of 1695, which imposed a fine of one shilling (a substantial amount at the time) for those caught playing sports. It proved difficult, if not impossible for the authorities to enforce the Act and the earliest recorded inter-county match in Ireland was one between Louth and Meath, at Slane, in 1712. January 5 - Felix Manz, co-founder of the Swiss Anabaptists, was drowned in the Limmat in Zürich by the Zürich Reformed state church. ... Archery is the practice of using a bow to shoot arrows. ... For the Cornish sport, see Cornish Hurling. ... Jan. ... This article is about coinage. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Dundalk Code: LH Area: 820 km² Population (2006) 110,894 Website: www. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Navan Code: MH Area: 2,342 km² Population (2006) 162,831 Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... // Events Treaty of Aargau signed between Catholic and Protestants. ...


By the early 19th century, various football games, referred to collectively as caid, were popular in Kerry , especially the Dingle Peninsula. Father W. Ferris described two forms of caid: the "field game" in which the object was to put the ball through arch-like goals, formed from the boughs of two trees, and; the epic "cross-country game" which lasted the whole of a Sunday (after mass) and was won by taking the ball across a parish boundary. "Wrestling", "holding" opposing players, and carrying the ball were all allowed. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Statistics Province: Munster County Town: Tralee Code: KY Area: 4,746 km² Population (2006) 139,616 Website: www. ... Location map of the Dingle Peninsula The Dingle Peninsula (Irish: ), sometimes anglicized as Corkaguiney) is located in County Kerry and is the most westerly point of the Republic of Ireland. ... Then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) presiding at the 2005 Easter Vigil Mass in place of the dying Pope John Paul II. Mass is the term used of the celebration of the Eucharist in the Latin rites of the Roman Catholic Church. ... A parish is a type of administrative subdivision. ...


During the 1860s and 1870s, Rugby and Association football started to become popular in Ireland. Trinity College, Dublin was an early stronghold of Rugby, and the rules of the English Football Association were codified in 1863 and distributed widely. By this time, according to Gaelic football historian Jack Mahon, even in the Irish countryside, caid had begun to give way to a "rough-and-tumble game" which even allowed tripping. For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... For other institutions named Trinity College, see Trinity College. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England and the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. ...


Irish forms of football were not formally arranged into an organised playing code by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) until 1887. The GAA sought to promote traditional Irish sports, such as hurling and to reject "foreign" (particularly English) imports. The first Gaelic football rules, showing the influence of hurling and a desire to differentiate from association football — for example in their lack of an offside rule — were drawn up by Maurice Davin and published in the United Ireland magazine on February 7, 1887. For other uses, see GAA (disambiguation). ... 1887 (MDCCCLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Saturday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar. ... For the Cornish sport, see Cornish Hurling. ... “Soccer” redirects here. ... An offside (formerly off-side) rule is a part of many field sports, including most versions of football and ice hockey. ... Maurice Davin (1842 - 1927) was an Irish farmer who became co-founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association. ... is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1887 (MDCCCLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Saturday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar. ...


On Bloody Sunday in 1920, during the Anglo-Irish War, a football match at Croke Park was attacked by British forces. 14 people were killed and 65 were injured. Bloody Sunday of 1920 was a day of violence in Dublin on November 21, 1920, during the Irish War of Independence (1919–1921), which led to the deaths of more than 30 people. ... An Irish War of Independence memorial in Dublin The Anglo-Irish War (also known as the Irish War of Independence) was a guerrilla campaign mounted against the British government in Ireland by the Irish Republican Army under the proclaimed legitimacy of the First Dáil, the extra-legal Irish parliament... Croke Park (Irish: Páirc an Chrócaigh) in Dublin, Ireland is the largest sports stadium in Ireland and the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Irelands biggest sporting organisation. ...


Ladies' Gaelic football has become increasingly popular with women since the 1970s. Ladies Gaelic Football is the most prominent amateur team sport for women in Ireland. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ...


The relationship between Gaelic football and Australian rules football and the question of whether they have shared origins is a matter of historical controversy. Games are held between an Irish representative team and an Australian team, under compromise rules known as International rules football. The relationship between Gaelic and Australian football is the subject of a controversy among historians. ... International Rules Football match at the Telstra Dome - Australia vs Ireland. ...


Team of the Millennium

This was a team chosen in 1999 by a panel of GAA past presidents and journalists. The goal was to single out the best ever 15 players who had played the game in their respective positions, since the foundation of the GAA in 1884 up to the Millennium year, 2000. Naturally many of the selections were hotly debated by fans around the country. A millennium (pl. ...


Goalkeeper
Dan O'Keefe
(Kerry)

Right Corner Back Full Back Left Corner Back
Enda Colleran
(Galway)
Joe Keohane
(Kerry)
Seán Flanagan
(Mayo)

Right Half Back Centre Back Left Half Back
Sean Murphy
(Kerry)
J. J. O'Reilly
(Cavan)
Martin O'Connell
(Meath)

Midfield
Mick O'Connell
(Kerry)
Tommy Murphy
(Laois)

Right Half Forward Centre Forward Left Half Forward
Pat Spillane
(Kerry)
Seán Purcell
(Galway)
Seán O'Neill
(Down)

Right Corner Forward Full Forward Left Corner Forward
Mikey Sheehy
(Kerry)
Tommy Langan
(Mayo)
Kevin Heffernan
(Dublin)

Daniel (Danno) OKeefe (born 1907) was a famous Gaelic footballer for County Kerry. ... The Kerry County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (or Kerry GAA) is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Kerry. ... Enda Colleran (1941 - 2004) was a famous Irish sportsperson who played Gaelic football for Mountbellew and County Galway in the 1960s. ... :For more details of Galway GAA see Galway Senior Club Football Championship or Galway Senior Club Hurling Championship. ... Joe Keohane was an award-winning Gaelic footballer from County Kerry. ... The Kerry County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (or Kerry GAA) is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Kerry. ... Seán Flanagan (1922 - 1993) was a senior Irish Fianna Fáil politician and Gaelic footballer. ... The Mayo County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Irish: Cumann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Maigh Eo) or Mayo GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Mayo and the Mayo inter-county football and hurling teams. ... Sean Murphy is an All-Ireland winning Gaelic footballer from County Kerry. ... The Kerry County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (or Kerry GAA) is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Kerry. ... John Joe OReilly (1919-1952) was a famous Gaelic footballer from County Cavan. ... // History Gaelic football Hurling External links Cavan on Hoganstand. ... Martin OConnell played gaelic football for Meath in the 1980s and 1990s. ... The Meath County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cummann Luthchleas Gael Coiste An Mhí) or Meath GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Meath. ... Mick O’Connell (born 4 January 1937) is a former Irish sportsperson. ... The Kerry County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (or Kerry GAA) is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Kerry. ... Official stamp of Tommy Murphy Tommy Murphy (1921 - 1985) was a famous Gaelic footballer for County Laois. ... For more details of Laois GAA see Laois Senior Football Championship or Laois Senior Hurling Championship or Laois Intermediate Football Championship or Laois Intermediate Hurling Championship or Laois Junior Football Championship or Laois Junior Hurling Championship or Laois Under 21 Football Championship or Laois Minor Football Championship or Laois Minor... Pat Spillane (born 1 December 1955) is a former Irish sportsperson. ... The Kerry County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (or Kerry GAA) is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Kerry. ... Seán Purcell (1929 - August 27, 2005), nicknamed The Master, was a famous Gaelic footballer for County Galway. ... :For more details of Galway GAA see Galway Senior Club Football Championship or Galway Senior Club Hurling Championship. ... Seán ONeill was a famous Gaelic footballer for County Down. ... The Down County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Irish: Cummann Luthchleas Gael Coiste An Dún) or Down GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Down. ... This article needs cleanup. ... The Kerry County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (or Kerry GAA) is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Kerry. ... Tommy Langan is an Irish Gaelic footballer from Mayo. ... The Mayo County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Irish: Cumann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Maigh Eo) or Mayo GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Mayo and the Mayo inter-county football and hurling teams. ... Kevin Heffernan was a famous Gaelic footballer, hurler and coach. ... The Dublin County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cummann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Contae Ath Cliath) or Dublin GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Dublin. ...

Leagues and team structure

All Gaelic sports are amateur; easing the strictness with which this is interpreted is advocated by the Gaelic Players Association. Look up amateur in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Gaelic Players Association (Irish: Cumann na n-Imreoirí Ghaelacha) or GPA is a body that represents inter county Gaelic footballers and Hurlers in Ireland. ...


The basic unit of each game is organised at the club level, which is usually arranged on a parish basis, with various local clubs playing to win the County Championship at various levels: Parish Hall of St. ...

  • Senior: the better adult clubs
  • Intermediate: junior champions compete in this the following season
  • Junior: weaker adult clubs, from small communities
  • Under-21
  • Minor: under-18
  • Under-age: all ages from under-17 down to under-9

On a national level, the team is organised on the old Irish county system,[3] producing 34 teams representing the original 32 counties that cover the island of Ireland, plus teams representing the Irish diaspora in London and New York. Splitting Dublin into North and South due to its enormous population has been considered, but is unlikely to happen any time soon. There are also clubs in other parts of the USA, Britain, Asia, Australia, continental Europe and Canada (see ClubGAA link at bottom). For more details see the London Senior Hurling Championship and the London Senior Football Championship The London County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cummann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Londáin) or London GAA is one of the county boards outside Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in... // History Gaelic football Hurling External links North American GAA Board Gaelic Football & Hurling Association of Australasia Asian Gaelic Games Australian GAA club sites Canadian GAA club sites USA GAA club sites Hong Kong GAA Japan GAA Singapore GAA Taiwan GAA United Arab Emirates GAA Categories: Gaelic Athletic Association ... The Dublin County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cummann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Contae Ath Cliath) or Dublin GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Dublin. ...


Though Ireland was partitioned into two states in 1920, Gaelic sports (like most cultural organisations and all religions) continue to be organised on an all-island basis.


A team of 15 players plus substitutes is formed from the best players playing at club level.


Nearly all counties play against each other in a knock-out tournament known as the All Ireland Championship.


These modified knock-out games are organised on the four Irish provinces of Ulster, Munster, Lenister and Connacht. External links Ulster Council website Category: ... // Constituent counties Cork Clare Kerry Limerick Tipperary Waterford Hurling All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships: 68 Cork: 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1902, 1903, 1919, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1966, 1970, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1999, 2004, 2005 Tipperary: 1887, 1895, 1896... // Constituent counties Carlow Dublin Kildare Kilkenny Laois Limerick Longford Louth Meath Offaly Westmeath Wexford Wicklow Hurling Gaelic football External links Leinster Council website Category: ... // Constituent counties Galway Leitrim Mayo Roscommon Sligo Hurling Gaelic football External links Connacht Council website Category: ...


In the past, the best team from each would play one of the others, at a stage known as the All-Ireland semi-finals, with the winning team from each game playing each other in the All-Ireland Final. The Gaelic Athletic Association The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the Bank of Ireland Football Championship) is the premier knockout competition in the game of Gaelic football played in Ireland. ...


A recent re-organisation now provides a 'back door' method of qualifying, with knocked out teams getting another chance to win back into the competition.


County teams also compete in the National Football League, held every spring. The League is nowhere near as prestigious as the All-Ireland, but in recent years attendances have grown and interest, from the public and from players, has grown. This is due in part to the organisation of the league into the above format, the provision of the Division 2 final stages and the relatively new change of starting the league in February rather than November. Live matches are shown on the Irish-language TV station TG4, with highlights shown on RTE2. In 2006, Kerry won the Division 1 title for the 18th time defeating Galway in the final. Louth defeated Donegal to win the Division 2 title. The National Football League is a Gaelic football tournament held annually between the county teams of Ireland, under the auspices of the Gaelic Athletic Association. ...


The All Ireland Final

The final game of the inter-county series is the All Ireland Final which takes place on the fourth Sunday of September at Croke Park. Before 1999, the final was held on the third Sunday of the month, but this custom was changed due to an overloaded schedule of matches. The 2007 final, won by Kerry, was played on the third Sunday of September, September 16th. The Gaelic Athletic Association The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the Bank of Ireland Football Championship) is the premier knockout competition in the game of Gaelic football played in Ireland. ... Croke Park (Irish: Páirc an Chrócaigh) in Dublin, Ireland is the largest sports stadium in Ireland and the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Irelands biggest sporting organisation. ...


Over the four Sundays of September, All Ireland Finals in men's football, women's football, hurling and camogie take place in Croke Park, the national stadium of the GAA, with the men's decider regularly attracting crowds of over 80,000. Guests who attend include Uachtarán na hÉireann, An Taoiseach and leading dignitaries. Croke Park (Irish: Páirc an Chrócaigh) in Dublin, Ireland is the largest sports stadium in Ireland and the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Irelands biggest sporting organisation. ... Official Seal of the President of Ireland The President of Ireland (Irish: ) [uːəxt̪ˠəɾaːn̪ˠ n̪ˠə heːɼən̪ˠ] is the head of state of the Republic of Ireland. ... The Taoiseach (IPA: or ) — plural: Taoisigh ( or ), also referred to as An Taoiseach[1], is the head of government of Ireland or prime minister. ...


Two levels of the game are played at each All Ireland, the Senior team and the Minor team (consisting of younger players, under the age of 18, who have played their own Minor All-Ireland competition.)


The winning senior county football team receives the Sam Maguire cup. The most successful county in the history of Gaelic football is Kerry, with 35 All-Ireland wins, followed by Dublin, with 22 wins. The Sam Maguire Cup is the name of the Cup that Gaelic football-teams play for in the final of the Bank of Ireland All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the premier knockout competition in the game of Gaelic football played in Ireland. ... The Kerry County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (or Kerry GAA) is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Kerry. ... The Dublin County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cummann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Contae Ath Cliath) or Dublin GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Dublin. ...


In 2006, Kerry took the Men's Senior Football Championship, defeating Mayo in the final, with Roscommon winning the Minor equivalent. The Kerry County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (or Kerry GAA) is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Kerry. ... The Mayo County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Irish: Cumann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Maigh Eo) or Mayo GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Mayo and the Mayo inter-county football and hurling teams. ... For more details of Roscommon GAA see Roscommon Senior Club Football Championship or Roscommon Senior Club Hurling Championship. ...


Kerry played Cork in the 2007 All Ireland Final on 16th September, in Croke Park, Dublin. Kerry won with 3 goals and 13 points, while Cork scored 1 goal, 9 points. It was the first time Kerry and Cork, neighbouring counties, met in the final.


See also

Ladies Gaelic Football is the most prominent amateur team sport for women in Ireland. ... The following are some of the most notable Gaelic footballers. ... // This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. ... Logo of The Irish Sports Council Sport on the island of Ireland is popular and widespread. ...

References

Jack Mahon, 2001, A History of Gaelic Football Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. (ISBN 0-7171-3279-X)


Footnotes

  1. ^ GAA attendance figures. Retrieved on 2006-11-27.
  2. ^ GAA pitch size. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.
  3. ^ In the nineteenth century, local government units called counties were created. The counties as originally created remain the basic unit of the GAA even though in reality the counties have been rearranged in the twentieth century. Northern Ireland's original six counties are now divided into 26 county units, while the Republic of Ireland 26 counties have since been redrawn, leading to a modern local governmental unit total of 33. The GAA sticks to the original 32 counties (ie, 26 + 6), and today includes representative teams from London and New York.

Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 126th day of the year (127th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: , Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a constituent country of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...

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