What is Gaelic football?
An Irish team sport.

There are Gaelic clubs on all continents of the world...

The Field

It is played between two teams of 15 players on a rectangular grass pitch, with H-shaped goals at end end.

The Match

Players advance the ball up the field with a combination of carrying, soloing (dropping & then toe-kicking the ball upward into the hands) kicking & hand-passing to their team-mates.


How to Play

The primary object is to score by kicking or striking the ball with the hand and getting it through the goals.

Keeping Score

The objective of the sport is to score points by passing the ball through the other team's goals (3 points) or a set of two upright posts separated by a crossbar 2.5 metres (8.2 ft) above the ground (1 point).

About the South Africa Gaels

We are currently the only club dedicated to the playing of Gaelic games in South Africa.


About Us

SA Gaels was formed in 2010 – comprises of a mix of Irish, South Africans, Zimbabweans, and Expatriate players, both male and female Based in the Gauteng region, currently training at venues in Pretoria and Northern Johannesburg.


Our Jersey

The stylish South Africa Gaels Jersey is available from O'Neills.


Our Goal

To promote the playing of Gaelic Games with In South Africa and work towards establishing a South African or African Gaelic Games league.


We have mens and ladies teams.
Training typically runs at the weekend at our Johannesburg venue.
Contact us for more information.


SA Gaels

Club Secretary: Derek McCarthy
(079) 618 6608

Contact Us

Get in touch for more information on training sessions, and registration to the club.

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