Offaly Cumann na mBunscol

Cumann na mBunscol - PLAYING RULES

  1.  In all football games a size 4 O’Neill’s football shall be used.
  2.  In all hurling games a juvenile leather sliotar shall be used.
  3. After a score or after the ball has gone wide in a football game the player taking the kickout may take the ball in his hand for the kickout.
  4. For all 11-a-side and 13-a-side competitions, matches shall consist of two halves of 25 minutes. For 9-a-side competitions, matches shall consist of two halves of 20 mins.
  5. For 11-a-side and 13-a-side competitions, the pitch shall be from one 20m line to the other 20m line. For 9-a-side competitions, the pitch shall be from the 45m line on one end of the pitch to the 20m line on the other end of the pitch. All pitches shall be between 60m and 80m wide.
  6. All games are to be played without the parallelogram marked.
  7. The goalkeeper may pick the ball from the ground around his goal area.
  8. There shall be no penalties awarded. Instead the referee shall award a free and show where it should be taken from.
  9. The referee shall be responsible for checking that the pitch is the proper size.
  10. If possible, nets should be provided.
  11. The goals shall be 15ft to 18ft wide and six ft., six inches high.
  12. In boys and girls football, players are limited to two plays of the ball
  13. All other playing rules as per official guide.
  14. Camogie rules as per official guide.
  15. Girls playing on boys school teams shall follow the rules for boys football.

Important Rules to Note

In general, the official rules of the GAA are to be applied to our Cumann na mBunscol games. Listed below are the exceptions and some other rules that are sometimes not clearly understood.

  1. In all Cumann na mBunscol games a goal is worth two points.
  2. The parallelogram is not used. Therefore, there are no penalties. If a foul is committed in the goal area, the referee will award a free in front of the goals and indicate where it should be taken from.
  3. The goalkeeper can pick up the ball.
  4. In Girls' Football matches the ball can be picked from the ground. However, if girls are playing in Boys' Football competitions, they must follow all the rules of Boys' Football so they must rise the football with their toe.
  5. In Girls' Football a player may take a free or a 45 from her hands or from the ground.
  6. For 11-a side and 13-a side competitions, games shall consist of two halves of 25 minutes. 
  7. For  9-a side competitions, games shall consist of two halves of 20 minutes. Extra time in all competitions , where required will be 6 minutes a half.
  8. All kick-outs can be taken from the player's hands.
  9. In boys and girls football, players are limited to two plays of the ball- Passed at our 2016 AGM for a two years trial basis/
  10. All other rules are the same as those used in the GAA.

Please Remember

It is mandatory to use a mouthguard in all boys’ and girls’ football matches and training sessions.

As decided at our AGM, each group has a contact assigned to it. This contact may be a committee member or a teacher from last year’s winning school. The role of the contact is to keep up to date with the progress of the group. The contact may contact the secretary if any issues arise. The secretary will be in contact to find out which teams have reached the finals.


Some Rules of Football

1.Any Player who falls or is knocked to the ground while in possession of the ball may fist or palm the ball away on the ground and may score by doing this.

2.When a player is in possession of the ball, it may be;

   a.carried for a maximum of four consecutive steps or held in the hand(s) for no longer than the time needed to take four steps.

   b.changed from one hand to the other once with the original holding hand maintaining contact until the change is complete.

   c.struck with the open hand(s) or fist provided there is a definite striking action. The ball may be knocked from an opponent's hand(s) by flicking it with the open hand.

3.Provided he has at least one foot on the ground, a player may make a side-to-side charge on an opponent;

      a.who is in possession of the ball, or

      b.who is playing the ball, or

      c.when both players are moving in the same direction of the ballto play it.

4.When he is within the small rectangle, the goal keeper may not be charged but may be challenged for possession of the ball and his kick or pass may be blocked. Incidental contact with the goal keeper while playing the ball is permitted.

5.A player who is fouled has the option of;

  a.taking the free kick from his hand(s), or b) taking the free kick from the ground himself, or

  b.allowing another player to take the free kick from the ground or hand.

6.A player of the team attacking the goal and who is in possession of the ball may not score:

          a .by carrying the ball over his opponent's goal line; a goal with his hands except as provided in Rule (a).

           b. point with his open hand(s), but may score a point by fisting the ball.

      7.A score may be made by striking the ball in flight with the hand(s).

      8.Technical Fouls

        It is a foul for a player;

        1. to lift the ball off the ground with his knees.
        2. to lie on the ball
        3. to play the ball with the hand(s) and catch it again before it touches the ground, another player or goal posts.
        4. to wrest the ball from an opponent who has caught the ball.
        5. for a player attacking a goal to carry the ball over opponent'sgoal line.
        6. to be inside opponent's 18m line before the kick-out is taken after a wide.

      9.Aggressive Fouls

       It is a foul for a player;

        1.  to block or attempt to block with the boot when an opponent is kicking the ball from the hand(s).
        2. to use the fist on or around the body of an opponent for the purpose of dispossessing him from the ball. 
        3.  to charge an opponent in the back or the front.

      10.When a team commits a technical or aggressive foul, the referee may allow play to continue if he/she considers it to be the advantage of the offended team. Once he/she allows play to continue, he/she may not subsequently award a free for that foul but shall apply the relevant penalty.


      Some Rules of Hurling

      1.A player may catch the ball, play it on his hurley and bring it back onto his hand once. A player who has not caught the ball may play it from the hurley into his hand twice.

      2.The ball may be struck with the hand, kicked, or lifted off the ground with the feet. The ball may be carried in the hand for no longer than the time needed to take four steps. For all free pucks, the ball may be struck with the hurley in either or two ways.Lift the ball with the hurley at the first attempt and strike it with the hurley.ORStrike the ball on the ground.

      3.If a player taking a free puck fails to lift the ball at the first attempt, or fails to strike it with the hurley, he must strike it on the ground without delay. Only when he delays, may a player of either side approach nearer than 20m.

      4.If a player on the team taking a side line puck fails to strike the ball at the first attempt, he shall not delay in making a second attempt. Only when the player delays his second attempt to strike the ball may a player from either side approach nearer than 13m.

      5.A player on the team attacking a goal and who is in possession of ball may not score; i) by carrying the ball over his opponent's line, or ii) with his hand(s).

      6.A score may be made by striking the ball in flight with the hand(s).

      7.An O'Neills or Nuri Juvenile sliotar shall be used for all Cumann na mBunscol hurling competitions.