The Gaelic Games

The Washington, DC Gaels fields teams to play and compete in the sports of
Football, Hurling, Ladies Football, Camogie. 

You can go the the GAA.ie website for the the official
Playing Rules of Hurling and Football.


Gaelic Football

Gaelic football can be described as a blend of rugby, soccer, and volleyball.  It is played on a field longer and wider than a football field with goals and uprights similar to rugby.  The game is played with a round ball similar to a volleyball.  You can move the ball by carrying it for up to four steps, kicking it, or striking it with your hand.  Players may not pick up the ball with their hands.  The ball must be lifted off the ground with the feet.  You can score by playing the ball into the goal for three points or playing the ball over the goal for one point.  Players can shoulder check their opponent but hits from the front or behind are not allowed.  The game is played in North America by teams of 13.  Players play back, mid-field, and forward positions.  There are no off sides as in soccer.


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Football.

Youtube video:  
Donegal v Mayo Highlights : 2012 Football Final


Ladies Football


Ladies football is very similar to men's football.  Some of the differences are that women can pick up the ball from the ground with their hands.  They can also strike the ball over the crossbars for one point.

Visit the official Ladies Football website for more information.  Playing Rules for Ladies Football can also be found on the LGFA website.

Youtube Video: All-Ireland Ladies Football Finals 2012 | TG4


Hurling



Hurling can be described as a blend of lacrosse and field hockey.  It is played on a field longer and wider than a football field with goals and uprights similar to rugby.  The game is played with a stick, shaped with a curved, flat end for striking, and a small leather ball called a sliotar similar to a baseball.  You can move the ball by striking it on the ground or in the air or striking it with your hand.  You can also "solo" the ball by balancing it on the stick.  Players may not pick up the ball with their hands.  The ball must be lifted off the ground with the stick.  You can score by playing the ball into the goal for three points or playing the ball over the goal for one point.  Players can shoulder check their opponent but hits from the front or behind are not allowed.  The game is played in North America by teams of 13.  Players play back, mid-field, and forward positions.  There are no off sides as in soccer.

Click here to learn more about Hurling.

Youtube video:  All Ireland Hurling Final 2012


Camogie


Camogie is very similar to hurling.  Think of it as Ladies Hurling.  Visit the official Camogie website for more information.  Playing Rules for Camogie can also be found on the Camogie Association website.

Youtube video: All Ireland Camogie Final 2012 Wexford vs Cork




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