What is Gaelic Football

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What is Gaelic Football

Gaelic Football is a dynamic team ball game that requires great athleticism and skill, and is the most popular sport in Ireland in terms of attendence. It’s origins date back to medieval times and is played with a large round leather ball (circumference of 68-70 cm, weight 500 grams) in which players can use both their hands and feet to outscore their opponents.

Like Hurling, Gaelic football is played with a team of 15 players on a rectangular grass field that is twice the size of a standard soccer field. The scoring principles are the same as Hurling also, with H shaped posts as targets for kicking either over the crossbar for a point and into the net for a goal which is worth three points.

The physical nature of the sport is attractive to supporters and similarites to Australian Rules Football have seen the introduction of an International Rules Series in which Ireland play Australia every year.

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