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Though the Asian Gaelic Games began in 1996, the first Ladies Cup was not contested until a couple of years later and the inaugural winners of the Competition were the Hong Kong Ladies.  At the time there were only about 3-4 teams in the Region with Ladies squads.
 
Over the past 10 years, the game has grown considerably and we now have 19 Clubs int he Region with Ladies squads, many of them new in the past 2 years.  There are now between 400 & 460 players in Asia.  Each year the competition intensifies and the skill levels & standards are improving with each tournament.   
 
It is testament to the dedication of players & clubs in the region and the buzz generated at the Asian tournaments that players are willing to fly long distances around the region at their own expense to attend these tournaments.
 
This year the Asian County Board has drawn up a plan for the Development of Ladies Football in the region and over the next few years is committed to the continued growth and diversity of the game.

Ladies Rules

The Rules of Ladies Gaelic Football differ in some areas from the Men's Game.

The below information lays out the key areas of difference between the 2 games and is intended as a summary, rather than a comprehensive overview of the rules.  Coaches, Referees & Player should ensure they read both the Official Rules of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association & the Official Competition Rules of the ACB to ensure that they are fully aware of the rules prior to any competition.

Any enquiries should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The key areas of difference to note are:
  1. The Tackle:
    • A player holding the ball into her body cannot be tackled.  Any attempt to do so will result in a free for her and her team.
    • When making a tackle to disposses a player of the ball it must be timed when the player in possession is soloing, bouncing, kicking or passing the ball
  2. Shouldering is not allowed
  3. Deliberate Body Contact
    • All deliberate body contact is forbidden but
      • Shadowing an opponent
      • Fielding
      • Blocking the delivery of a ball by an opponent shall be allowed.
  4. The ball may be passed from hand to hand
  5. Handpassing
    • When a player is hand-passing the ball, there must be a visible striking action with the passing hand.
    • A player may toss up the ball with one hand and play it off with the same hand.
The Rules of Ladies Football should be read in conjunction with the Asian County Board Tournament Rules.

Skills

There is a wealth of information on skills, coaching, fitness & nutrition available on the GAA website (click link below). Though it obviously is for Men's football, the vast majority of this applies to Ladies football also and a selection of the applicable skills documents can be found on the right side of this page.

Take a look at the GAA website here to see what other publications are available.

Additionally there are a number of video tutorials availalbe on the same website here.

Coaching & Refereeing Qualifications

The ACB in conjunction with the Ladies Association is aiming to organise a number of coaching and refereeing workshops in the Region. If you are interested in taking any Coaching or Refereeing courses on Ladies Gaelic Football, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Additionally the ACB will support any individual involved in their club in Asia in taking any of these courses in Ireland. Please click on the Ladies Gaelic Football Association link below to access their website - where information on available courses is available.

Coaching Resources:
We are working hard to get some coaching resources specific to Ladies Football to add onto the website, however, in the meantime, please see the GAA website resources & publications section where there is a huge amount of information available on Coaching.

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If you have any questions or feedback on Ladies Football in Asia or are interested in setting up a new Ladies team in Asia - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Links

Cumann Peil Gael na mBan (Ladies Gaelic Football Association)
Ladies Football TV on YouTube