In Gaelic football there are two teams that have 15 players each. It is played on a rectangular-shaped pitch and goals are scored either by punching or kicking a ball into a goal, which will earn three points, or getting the ball between the two posts that are above the goals and over the crossbar, which will earn the team one point.
The ball can be moved from one end of the field to the other in a number of different ways. Players are able to carry, kick, bounce or hand-pass the ball as they move down the field.
Team positions in Gaelic football are one goalkeeper, two midfielders, six backs and six forwards. Most teams will also have a number of players that will act as substitutes. It is generally a male-only sport, but there are now a few women’s teams and they have formed the Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association. The rules are fairly similar to Australian rules football and as a result an International rules football has been developed, which is a hybrid between the two games.
Gaelic football events
In Ireland, Gaelic football is overseen by the Gaelic Athletic Association. This organisation also controls hurling and camogie. They also oversee the main Gaelic football tournaments. One of the most popular events is the All-Ireland Senior Championship. The venue for this is Croke Park in Dublin and thousands of spectators attend. In the US the biggest Gaelic sports venue is Gaelic Park in New York.