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Gaelic football commonly referred to as "football" or "Gaelic", or "Gah" is a form of football played mainly in Ireland. It is, together with hurling, one of the two most popular spectator sports in the Republic of Ireland.
 
In the United States, Gaelic football is played by teams of 13 on a rectangular grass field or“pitch” with H-shaped goals at each end. The primary object is to score by kicking or striking the ball with the hand and getting it through the goals. The team with the highest score at the end of the match wins. Players advance the ball up the field with a combination of carrying, soloing (dropping and then toe-kicking the ball upward into the hands), kicking, and hand-passing to their team-mates.
 
A Gaelic pitch is similar in some respects to a rugby pitch but larger. The grass pitch is rectangular, stretching between 140-158yds long and 87-98yds wide. There are H-shaped goalposts at each end, formed by two posts, which are usually 22ft high, set 21ft apart, and connected 8ft above the ground by a crossbar.
 
If the ball goes over the crossbar, a point is scored and a white flag is raised by an umpire. A Point can be scored by either kicking the ball over the crossbar, or by striking it over in which case the hand must be closed whilst striking the ball. If the ball goes below the crossbar, a goal, worth three points, is scored, and a green flag is raised by an umpire. A goal can only be scored by kicking the ball into the net, you cannot fist pass the ball into the net. However, a player can strike the ball into the net with a closed fist if the ball was played to him by another player or came in contact with the post/crossbar/ground prior to connection. The goal is guarded by a goalkeeper.
 
Scores are recorded in the format Goal Total-Point Total. To determine the score-line goals must be converted to points and added to the other points. For example, in a match with a final score of Team A 0-21 Team B 4-8, Team A is the winner with 21 points, as Team B scored only 20 points (4 times 3, plus 8).

The majority of adult football matches in the U.S. last for 60 minutes, divided into two halves of 30 minutes. Draws are decided by replays or by playing 20 minutes of extra time (two halves of 10 minutes).

     

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