GAA Football is the most widely played sport in Ireland and is organised by the Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA). It’s an amateur sport that requires a great deal of skill and physical fitness. It’s also a national sport of Ireland and therefore a definite must-watch if the opportunity arises.

To understand the basics, two teams of 15 people each play against each other. The game is played with a round ball that is slightly smaller and heavier than a soccer ball and is played against ‘H’ shaped goal posts. Points are scored by either team by putting the ball over the opponent’s bar for one point, or past the keeper and within the goal posts for three points. Players play the game with the ball in hand and can kick or punch pass the ball to other players. In order to avoid the player continuously ‘travelling’ with the ball, they must either ‘solo’ or ‘bounce’ the ball each time after they have travelled 4 steps.

So now that you have an understanding of the basics, what are you waiting for? Get out and enjoy a game of GAA Football and learn more about the sport from the locals. You’ll be hooked in no time…