Ladies' Gaelic football
|Highest governing body||Ladies' Gaelic Football Association (LGFA)|
|Clubs||More than 1,000|
|Team members||15 on each team|
Ladies' Gaelic football (Irish: Peil Ghaelach na mBan) is a team sport for women, very similar to Gaelic football, and co-ordinated by the Ladies' Gaelic Football Association. The sport originated in Ireland and is most popular there, although it is played in other countries, often by members of the Irish diaspora.
The game is very similar to the male form of Gaelic football, where two teams of 15 players kick or hand-pass a round ball towards goals at either end of a grass pitch. There are two main competitions in this sport; the National League which is staged during the winter-spring months and is used as a warm-up to the All-Ireland Championship which is played during the summer. The All-Ireland Final is played on the last Sunday in September or the first Sunday in October in Croke Park, Dublin, where the winners receive the Brendan Martin Cup. The National League and Championship are organised by the Ladies' Gaelic Football Association.
Differences from men's football
Although most of the rules of the game are parallel to those for men's Gaelic football, there are some differences. The main ones are:
- A player may pick the ball up directly from the ground, so long as she is standing
- Most matches last 60 minutes; in the men's game, senior inter-county games last 70
- Kickouts may be taken from the hand
- A countdown clock with siren is used if available; in the men's game, the referee decides the end of the game
- It is permitted to change the ball from one hand to the other
- 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.
Ladies' Gaelic football outside Ireland
- Toronto Division
- Brampton Roger Casements
The Casements are a young women's team working on the development of the game in the Toronto region
- Western Canada Division
- Calgary Chieftains
The Chieftainettes have competed in the west and are currently supporting the development of Celtic games.
In 2007 they became the first team other than the Edmonton ladies to win the Championship.
- Seattle Gaels
Winners of the 2007 Junior B North American Gaelic Football Championship
New York's newest GAA club
- New Zealand
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- South Africa