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There are many different skills involved in the game of Gaelic Football. The skills can be broadly broken down into those that involve Gaining Possession, Maintaining Possession, Releasing Possession and Contesting Possession. Many of these skills can be performed on the ground, without the need to get the ball into the hand and out of the hand.

(Click on the images below to learn more about each skill).

Gaining Possession

Involves gaining possession and control of the football. Thus, skills such as catching and lifting are included.

Maintaining Possession

Once the football is under the control of the player, there are a number of skills which help the player in possession to maintain possession. These skills encompass ground skills, handling skills and evasion skills.

Releasing Possession

Involves striking the football, with either the hand or the foot. Many of these skills can be performed, while the player is stationary or while the player is moving.

Contesting Possession

Involves many of the skills used to tackle an opponent in possession, or to contest for possession when neither player is in possession of the football.

Select skills

The following are special skills usually associated with specific roles or set plays in the game of Gaelic Football