association has experienced a long, successful and colourful history.
The Gaelic Athletic Association / Cumann Lúthchleas Gael is a 32 county sporting
and cultural organisation that has a presence on all five continents.
It is Ireland's largest sporting organisation and is celebrated as one of the great
amateur sporting associations in the world today.
The GAA is a volunteer led, community based organisation that promotes Gaelic
games such as Hurling, Football, Handball and Rounders and works with sister
organisations to promote Ladies Football and Camogie. It is part of the Irish
consciousness and plays an influential role in Irish society that extends far beyond
the basic aim of promoting Gaelic games.
The Association has its headquarters at Croke Park in Dublin where it has been
based on a full time basis since 1908. The stadium, which was redeveloped between
1993 and 2003, has a capacity of 82,300 and hosts some of the highest profile
events in the Irish sporting calendar.
The GAA is underpinned by a democratic elective structure that sees members at
various different levels elect officers to serving positions on a variety of tiers up to
and including the position of Uachtarán (President).
The GAA’s internal management structure is multi-layered with the vast majority
of all serving officers beginning their administrative involvement at club level. All
administrators, regardless of rank or their level of involvement, are members of one
of the Association’s 2,300 plus clubs.
The Gaelic Football Rule Changes which become operative on 1 January 2014
are as follows:
1. Introduction of a Black Card for Cynical Behaviour Fouls.
2. Change in the number of substitutes allowed.
3. Distinction between Deliberate and Accidental Fouls.
4. Definition of the Tackle.
5. Introduction of a clearer Advantage Rule.
6. A player in possession may score a point with an open-handed hand-pass.
Cynical Behaviour Fouls
1. Deliberately pull down an opponent.
2. Deliberately trip an opponent with the hand(s), arm, leg or foot.
3. Deliberately body collide with an opponent after he has played the ball away or for
the purpose of taking him out of a movement of play.
4. Threaten or to use abusive or provocative language or gestures to an opponent or
5. Remonstrate in an aggressive manner with a Match Official.
The penalty for the above fouls are:
i. Free Kick from where the foul occurred.
ii. Order Off offender by showing him a Black Card*.
iii. Allow a replacement from within the substitutions permitted*.
• Increased to SIX per team.
• Maximum of THREE permitted for Black Card Offenders.