Globally, soccer is played by an estimated two-hundred and forty million people in two hundred countries. Whereas in Ireland, Gaelic football is played in every county with the exception of Kilkenny and Tipperary, where children are born with a hurl clasped in their tiny hands and football is considered by most to be a sinful waste of time.
GAA teams are numbered 1-15. A soccer team reads like the lottery results. All soccer players wear shin pads. Some hurlers don’t even wear helmets. Television runs soccer. Schoolteachers run the GAA. The GAA is about where you’re from. Soccer is about who you like. No segregation at GAA games.
Gaelic football combines the suspense of soccer, the skills and scoring of basketball, and the speed of the fastest sports in the world in a free-flowing act...
Gaelic football: a field game played with similar rules to hurling, but using hands and feet rather than a stick, and a ball, similar to, yet smaller than a soccer ball.
Gaelic football, commonly referred to as football, Gaelic or GAA, is an Irish team sport. It is played between two teams of 15 players on a rectangular grass pitch. The objective of the sport is to score by kicking or punching the ball into the other team's goals or between two upright posts above the goals and over a crossbar 2.5 metres above the ground. Players advance the football up the field with a combination of carrying, bouncing, kicking, hand-passing, and soloing. In the game, two types
Gaelic Football is played with a round ball, slightly smaller and heavier than a soccer ball and played against Rugby style H shaped goal posts. Points are scored by either putting the ball over the opponent's bar, as with rugby, for one point, or within the goal posts as with soccer, which is worth three points.
second halves of the soccer matches and the Gaelic football matchesprovedtobesimilar forbothgames (Table 3), varying about an overall meanof 159(±3) beats/min for both halves and all of the matches. There was an average drop of 7 beats/min from the first to the second halves for the soccer players, although this was not significant. The difference in
Gaelic football was first codified in 1887, although it has purported links to older varieties of football played in Ireland. A rough-and tumble form of Gaelic football was common throughout the middle ages, similar versions of which abounded throughout Europe and eventually became the forebears of both soccer and rugby.
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