The professional level matches along with the minor and under-21 matches are played in two halves of 30 minutes each. On the other hand the senior inter-county games last for 70 minutes i.e. two halves of 35 minutes. If the match ends in a draw a 20 minute golden time is awarded to decide the winner whereas, the half time lasts for 5 to 10 minutes.
There are three main fouls in Gaelic Football which can result in:-
These fouls are:-
The following are regarded technical fouls ("fouling the ball"):
A yellow card is used to caution a player, red card is used to send the player off the field without a substitute and the black card is awarded to send the player off with a substitute.
It the player shoots for goal and the ball goes over the crossbar, a point is scored and an umpire raises a white flag. A point is secured by kicking the ball over the crossbar or fisting it over, in which case the hand must be joined while striking the ball. If the ball goes below the crossbar, a goal, worth three points, is obtained, and an umpire raises a green flag to signal the scoring. A goal is secured by kicking the ball into the net, not by fist passing the ball into it.
However, a player can also hit 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 before connection.
Tackling is allowed Gaelic but is less sturdy than in rugby. Slapping the ball out of an opponent's hand and shoulder to shoulder contacts are allowed, but the following are considered as fouls:
A match restarts with the referee throwing the ball up between the four midfielders.
As it is a fast paced game which involves tackling and constant body contact thus, there are a lot of injuries from which the Gaelic players suffers. They are listed as follows:-