Ladies Gaelic Football

Celtic Cowboys Ladies Football Team

Celtic Cowboys Ladies Football Team

As Austin’s first ladies Gaelic football team, we represent our city in matches against clubs from Texas and around the United States. We are actively recruiting and training players who want to learn the sport of ladies Gaelic football.  While no prior experience is required, a high level of athleticism and physical fitness will be required for new players who wish to advance quickly to our starting “A” squad.

Since only starting the ladies team in 2013, our progress has been very impressive. In 2014, we fielded 2 teams in the Texas Championship, beating our local rivals & good friends Dallas on their own patch in April and narrowly losing the Texas Final in a ding dong battel againts Dallas. We also traveled to San Diego for the West Coast 7’s & to Denver for their Colorado Irish Festival Tournament.

Training is twice per week:

Tuesdays 7:00pm-8:00pm @ Burr Field
Saturdays 10:00am-11:30am @ Zilker Park

All new players are welcome.
Please contact us if you are interested in playing or training.

Ladies Gaelic Football Team against Dallas in 2014

Ladies Gaelic Football Team against Dallas in 2014

Gaelic Football Overview

Although the sport involves close physical contact, in ladies Gaelic football you may only take the ball from another player while it’s away from her body–no rugby-style tackles or shoulder-checks allowed! Expect about the same level of physicality as a competitive soccer match.

Gaelic football (a.k.a “Gaelic Athletic Association football” or “GAA football”) is a fast-paced field sport that’s a mainstay of Irish culture, rapidly increasing in popularity around the world. Two teams of up to 15 players compete on a field somewhat larger than a soccer field, with goals at each end, using a round ball slightly heavier than a soccer ball but about the same size. “Points” are scored by kicking the ball through the uprights, “goals” are scored by kicking the ball into the net and count for 3 points. Players may carry the ball in their hands and must do something with the ball every four steps: “bounce” it (similar to a basketball dribble), “solo” it (by kicking it off their own foot back to the hands), pass it by striking it with the hand, or pass it by kicking it. (The trick is, you can’t bounce it twice in a row!)