Ladies Gaelic Football

2018 USGAA Ladies Junior B Football National Champions!

2018 USGAA Ladies Junior B National Champions

On September 2, 2018 the Celtic Cowboys Ladies Junior B Football team won its first ever national championship! The USGAA finals were held in Philadelphia, PA and the ladies beat Denver Gaels (4-8 to 1-4), Seattle Gaels (5-11 to 0-4), and the host club Philadelphia Notre Dames (1-13 to 2-7) to win the cup. The championship match included an epic comeback as the team was down 0-4 to 2-7 in the second half. Congratulations to everyone who participated on the 2018 ladies team!

Austin’s first ladies Gaelic football team started play in 2013 as part of the Celtic Cowboys Gaelic Sports Program. The Ladies team completed its 7th season in 2019. 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.


Ladies A / Intermediate
Ladies B / Beginner

Players range in age from 16 to 50 and while most have experience playing soccer, basketball, or rugby, prior sports experience is not required. The sport does require a fair amount of running (such as in a soccer match) so a minimum level of fitness is needed to participate. We have two levels which includes a beginner and an intermediate team to accommodate different skill levels and interests. Experienced coaches provide instruction on the skills and strategy of the game and many new players quickly pick up the sport and are competing on the intermediate team.

Learn more about the Austin Ladies Gaelic football head coach, Pat Doab:


The 2023 season kicks off in mid-January with trainings on Saturday mornings. Tuesday evening sessions will start in mid-April.

Starting Saturday, January 21, 2023: 9.30 – 10.45 am at Zilker Park (Lou Neff side)

Starting Tuesday, April 11, 2023: 6:30 – 8:00 pm at 4107 Nixon Lane (rugby field)

Look for upcoming Events section on the right of this page and on the Gaelic Training page.

All new players are welcome.

Please contact us if you are interested in playing or training.

Ladies Gaelic Football Team against San Diego in 2018

Ladies Gaelic Football Team against San Diego in 2018

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!)

2020 International Women’s Day

“An equal world is an enabled world.” The ladies Gaelic football team showed their stripes in support of women in sports and to honor International Women’s Day. On March 8th, take a pledge to celebrate women’s achievement and take action for equality. What’s your pledge for 2020 to take action for equality?