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News and events

Game on Saturday,September 20th,2014 vs. New Haven, Conn.
580 Newhall Street, Hamden,CT. 06517

The AGM will be held on Feb 1! See calendar for details!

St. Brendan's annual Christmas party has been rescheduled from Dec. 14 to Dec. 22 due to inclement weather! Please see calendar for details!

Fall season is over! U12 and 14 had great semi-final games, but didn't get to go on... Thank you to all who helped this season so great.

Good luck to U12 and U14 in the semi-finals Nov. 2!

Hope to see everyone at the game on Saturday. Good luck to all.

Official guide, rules and regulations

Gaelic football is a fast and exciting field game unique to Ireland. It can be described as a mixture of soccer and rugby, but is a lot older. It is a field game which has developed as a distinct game similar to the progression of Australian Rules.

There are 15 players on a team and the object is to kick, hand-pass or fist a leather ball through to the opponents goal, into the net as in soccer to score three points or to put it over a crossbar for one point. Each game lasts for 70 minutes with two halves of 35 minutes each.

The ball used in Gaelic Football is round, slightly smaller than a soccer ball. It can be carried in the hand for a distance of four steps and can be kicked or "hand-passed", a striking motion with the hand or fist. After every four steps the ball must be either bounced or "solo-ed", an action of dropping the ball onto the foot and kicking it back into the hand. You may not bounce the ball twice in a row.

Each team consists of 15 players, lining out as follows:
1 goalkeeper
3 full-backs
3 half-backs
2 midfielders
3 half-forwards and
3 full-forwards.

A goal is signalled with an umpire to the left of the goal raising a green flag A point is signalled by raising a white flag to the right of goal. A '45'/'65' is signalled by the umpire raising his/her outside arm. A 'square ball', when a player scores having arrived in the 'square' prior to receiving the ball, is signalled by pointing at the small parallelogram.

Gaelic football as played today is a modern, fast and enjoyable sport. Almost 2,600 clubs promote the game and there are branches of the Gaelic Athletic Association in England, Scotland, USA, Canada, Australia, parts of Asia and in most countries in Europe.

The game is played in 3,500 primary schools and this is where most players make their first contact with the game.

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