Survival Of An Ancient Sport, In The New World

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In one of the great European countries, Ireland, a sport so loved by its people has existed for many centuries. This sport is known as Gaelic football. It is one of Irelands most popular native sports. Gaelic football has had many changes made to it since it was first founded, which these changes are still practiced today. Gaelic football has a unique set of playing rules that sets it apart from any other sport played around the world.
Gaelic football was first recorded as a sport in the seventieth century, approximately in the year 1670 in Country Meath (Orejan). The rules of Gaelic football were different in that time period. Some differences were that a player was able to kick and catch ...view middle of the document...

If the rules are broken, a player may be punished with a foul, which is determined by the referee. In Gaelic football, the players are allowed to run with the ball in their hand, however, they may only take four consecutive steps, then the ball has to touch the ground to proceed with another four steps (Orejan). If this rule is broken then it results in a foul, which means the ball is given to the other team to throw it from the sideline. A player is also allowed to bounce the ball once, having said that, bouncing the ball twice is forbidden and leads to a foul. Tackling is considered when a player forcefully retrieves the ball from another player; which usually involves shoulder hitting (GAA). Gaelic football is a rough sport, but if a player is able to follow the rules, it should lessen the chance of injury.
The equipment used in Gaelic football does vary when it comes to who is playing the sport. Each team, like in most sports, wear their own distinctive colour when competing with other teams (GAA). The ball used in Gaelic football is made of leather and it is very similar in looks to the North American traditional volleyball. A mouth guard is extremely important when playing Gaelic football. Unlike North American traditional football, no helmet or other safety equipment is required to play Gaelic football. As one North American could most likely comprehend, after learning about a Gaelic football game, it is considerably different from the traditional football game played. Also, after watching a game of Gaelic football, one would be able to see that it does have some similarities of the North American...

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