kids encyclopedia robot

Ball (Gaelic football) facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Gaelic football ball on pitch
A Gaelic football made by O'Neills

A football or Gaelic football (Irish: liathróid peile) is the spherical leather football used in the sports of Gaelic football and ladies' Gaelic football and international rules football.

The pattern of panels is identical to the volleyball, consisting of six groups perpendicular to each other, each group being composed of two trapezoidal panels and one rectangular panel; 18 panels in all.


Gaelic football

The football is required to weigh 480–500 grams (1.05–1.1 pounds) and have a circumference of 68–70 cm (2 ft ~3 in). Smaller balls can be used in under-15 or younger grades. In addition, balls are approved by Central Council "on the basis of compliance with standards and tests set out by Central Council […] Footballs shall fully comply with the Playing Gear and Equipment regulations as ratified from time to time by Central Council." Footballs are pumped to 9.75–10 psi (67–69 kPa).

Ladies' Gaelic football

In ladies' Gaelic football, a size 4 football is used in all grades of competition from under-12 upwards. A size 3 or Go Games football is used in younger age groups.

kids search engine
Ball (Gaelic football) Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.