Ladies Gaelic Football

Ladies’ Gaelic football is a team sport for women, very similar to Mens Gaelic football, and co-ordinated by the International Governing Body, the Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association.

Two teams of 15 players kick or hand-pass a round ball towards goals at either end of a grass pitch with the winning team amassing the largest score.

Most of the rules of ladies’ gaelic football are the same as those for men’s game. The main differences are –

  • A player may pick the ball up directly from the ground, so long as she is standing
  • Most matches last 60 minutes
  • Kickouts may be taken from the hand
  • Changing hands: Throwing the ball from your right hand to left or vice versa.
  • A countdown clock with siren is used if available; in the men’s game, the referee decides the end of the game
  • All deliberate bodily contact is forbidden except when “shadowing” an opponent, competing to catch the ball, or blocking the delivery of the ball
  • A smaller size 4 gaelic ball is used compared to the size 5 ball used in the men’s game.

Our member, the Provincial Council of Britain Ladies Gaelic Football Association is responsible for the regulation of competitions for girls from the age of 12 and above at club, county and university level.

The responsibility for the regulation of competitions for girls under the age of 12 falls to our member, the Provincial Council of Britain Gaelic Athletic Association.

In addition to delivering ladies gaelic football games in the traditional competition formats of league and championship; age specific and skill based games and competitions are also played with a view to developing players confidence and skills as they mature in their journey as a Ladies Gaelic Football player.

Examples of Ladies Gaelic Football coaching pathways are set out in the links below:

Small Sided GamesGaelic 4 Girls, Ladies GaGa, Gaelic 4 mothers and others, Development Academies