How Long is a GAA Match? A Guide to Gaelic Games Duration
If you’re new to Gaelic football or hurling and want to know how long is a GAA match, then look no further.
To the untrained, the GAA can look like pure chaos with no rules at all!
But we assure you that there is indeed rules – quite a lot of them actually – and knowing how long a GAA match is should be one of the first things you know.
GAA matches, in short, last 60 minutes at club level and 70 minutes for inter-county games.
But that’s only scratching the surface.
This blog post will examine the normal length of several Gaelic games as well as the variables that may affect the length of a match.
How long is a GAA Match
Ok, so at this stage we presume you know what the GAA is right? Well if you don’t, check out our bog on What does the GAA stand for.
But back to this, and in short, the duration of a GAA hurling or football match is generally 60 minutes long.
That is for most adult club games, as well as minor, under-20 and underage games. It is divided into two halves of 30 minutes each.
However, senior inter-county football games last for 70 minutes long with two halves of 35 minutes each.
You then have to factor in additional time, which is time added on to the end of each half that takes into account time that may have been lost on the field due to injuries, substitutions or just some old-fashioned time-wasting!
If the two teams are level at the end of the 60 or 70 minutes, then the option of playing two 10 minute halves of extra time can be played, followed by a penalty shootout.
Or if it’s an All-Ireland Final, then a replay will be played after full time.
Teams also get 10 minutes for a half time break.
Want to know more about GAA? Here is the length of a GAA pitch – and it’s quite big!
How long is a GAA Match: Football v Hurling
Both Gaelic football and hurling are scheduled to last 60 minutes and 70 minutes respectively, as stated above.
However, in recent times the GAA has seen inter-county games last well over 80 minutes when added time is taken into account.
That is due to new rules like the black card, teams making tactical substitutions to run down the clock and of course injuries, due to the added physicality and pace of the game.
Back in the 1970s, the GAA trialled playing 80 minute games before settling on the current format.
Time keeping is becoming more of an issue in recent years and it has been suggested that the GAA bring in a time clock, like you see in basketball, to try and counteract it.
However, nothing has been done just yet.
So, now you know how long is a GAA match.
If you’re interested in learning more, why not check out our Ultimate Guide to Gaelic Football Positions?
Or maybe you’ll be interested in the history of hurling?
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