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About the GAA

Kerry play Tyrone in 2005 All Ireland Football Final

Gaelic football, commonly known as “Football”, “Gaelic”, or “Gah” is a form of football played mainly in Ireland. Football is one of four Gaelic games run by the Gaelic Athletic Association, the largest sporting organisation in Ireland which has far more club members than any other sport. It is, together with hurling, one of the two most popular spectator sports in Ireland. It has strict rules on player amateurism and the pinnacle of the sport is the annual inter-county All-Ireland Football Final played in Croke Park in Dublin.

Gaelic football is believed to have descended from ancient Irish football known as ‘caid’ which dates back to medieval times, although the modern rules were not set down until 1886.

Gaelic football is also played in countries outside of Ireland, often although not solely played by members of the Irish diaspora. It is increasing in popularity internationally. Teams from both London and New York compete in the annual All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the highest level of the game. A hybrid sport, international rules football facilitates international representative matches including the showpiece International Rules Series between Australia and Ireland.

There are six GAA clubs in Spain: Sevilla Éire Óg (nosotros), Barcelona Gaels, Madrid Harps, Pamplona-Iruña GAA, Sant Vicent GAA (Valencia) and Marbella Costa Gaels.

The current men’s Iberian football champion is Barcelona Gaels, and Madrid Harps hold the ladies’ title. The clubs were formed by Irish players and each has sizeable number of local Spanish players in their squads.

en espanol

El fútbol gaélico o balón pesado (en irlandés, Peil Ghaelach o Caid) es un deporte de equipo que se juega fundamentalmente en Irlanda. El fútbol gaélico se juega en equipos de 15 jugadores en una cancha de césped rectangular con porterías en forma de H a ambos lados.

Es el más popular del país, junto con el hurling. El fútbol gaélico o balón pesado es uno de los cuatro Juegos Gaélicos regulados por la Asociación Atlética Gaélica, la mayor y más popular organización de este tipo en Irlanda.

Posee reglas estrictas acerca de la condición amateur de los jugadores y la cima del deporte es la All-Ireland Football Final, disputada entre condados en Croke Park en Dublin. Se cree que el juego proviene del antiguo fútbol irlandés conocido como ‘caid’, que se remonta al 1537, aunque el juego actual tomó forma en 1887.

En España hay seis equipos importantes de GAA. Sevilla Éire Óg (nosotros), Barcelona Gaels, Madrid Harps, Pamplona-Iruña GAA, Sant Vicent GAA (Valencia) y Marbella Costa Gaels.

El actual campeón del campeonato ibérico de fútbol gaélico masculino es el Barcelona Gaels, y de femenino el Madrid Harps. Los clubs suelen estar formados por jugadores irlandeses y una nutrida representación de jugadores locales, que oscila sobre la mitad de la plantilla.

For much, much more on the GAA – visit the official website of the GAA.

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