Playing Rule Changes

As you may be aware, the GAA Annual Congress 2010 passed a number of playing rule changes to football and hurling at the meeting last month.  These rule changes will come into effect in all games, adult and youth, on or after Saturday 15 May 2010.  In total there are six changes specifically relevant to football, three specific to hurling with a further six affecting both codes.  A summary of the changes is as follows;

Football only Rule Changes


If a player handpasses the ball using the open hand, there must be a definite underhand striking action.

Penalty Kicks

All penalty kicks will now be taken from 11 metres out

Kick Outs

All kick outs will now be from the 13 metre line

Sideline kicks

Line balls must be kicked from outside the boundary line

Illegal Charge

It is illegal for a charge to be made on a player kicking the ball.

Definition of bounce

The redefinition of the bounce has the effect that the “Basketball Type”, bounce, per se, is not a foul.

Both Hurling and Football Rule Changes

Restarting Play

If play is stopped by the referee to enable a seriously injured player to be treated, play will now resume with a free to the team that had possession. However it will not be permitted to score from such a free (if neither team is “in possession”, play shall re-start with a throw in)

Throw ins

When the play is being restarted by a throw-in, this must take place a minimum of 13 metres from the sideline


A referee will now signal that advantage is being played by raising his arm

Extra Time

Extra time consists of 10 minutes per half only. The provision for two additional periods of 5 minutes per half has been removed

Boundary Lines

The penalty for a player deliberately going outside the boundary lines of the pitch to gain an advantage has changed from a caution to a free.


A charge is now defined as “shoulder to shoulder” rather than “side to side”

By ciaranhurl Thu 13th May