Gaelic football is played by two teams of 15 on a rectangular field. A round, leather ball, similar to a soccer ball, is used. Two H-shaped goals are placed at each end of the field. Games consist of two 30-minute halves. Players advance the ball up the field through a combination of soloing, kicking and hand passing. Opposing players can stop an advance by tackling. Legal tackles usually are more robust than those in soccer, but less than those in rugby. Technical fouls are called if a player throws the ball, goes four steps without releasing, bouncing or soloing the ball or hand passes a goal. Scoring occurs when a player kicks or strikes the ball by hand through the goal. If the ball goes over the crossbar, a point is scored. If the ball goes below the crossbar, a goal is scored. Goals are worth three points. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
Gaelic Football is a form of football where players advance a ball down a rectangular field through a combination of carrying, kicking and passing, with the intention of kicking or passing it through a goal on either end of the field. Gaelic football is a sport that merges elements of rugby, soccer and Australian rules football. Played predominantly in Ireland, Gaelic football pits two teams of 15 against each other on a large rectangular field. Players advance the ball by hand passing or soloing. Points are scored by putting the ball through uprights or into a goal. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
One of the world's oldest games, Gaelic football can trace its roots back to the early 14th century. Early forms of the game, collectively known as caid, were played in all parts of Ireland for in the 16th and 17th centuries. Official rules were first organized in 1887 by the Gaelic Athletic Association. Today, Gaelic football is played in Ireland, the United States, England, Australia and Canada.