Austin’s first ladies Gaelic football team started play in 2013 as part of the Celtic Cowboys Gaelic Sports Program. The Ladies team is embarking on their 6th season in 2018. 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:
Starting January 13, trainings will be on Saturday mornings through mid-February and then will be twice per week. The next training sessions are listed in the 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.
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!)