Football Skills

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.


The Crouch Lift

The High Catch

The Body Catch

The Low Catch


The Reach Catch




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 soloing skills and evasion skills


 The Bounce  The Toe Tap The Feint/ side Step Evasion/Roll off

Releasing Possession

Involves releasing the football, with either the hand or the foot. All of these skills should be performed and developed using both the left and right hand and foot.


 Fist Pass  Hand Pass  Punt Kick  Hook Kick
 Penalty Kick      

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.


Side-Side Charge Shadowing Near Hand Tackle

Block Down

Select Skills

Involves a select range of special skills, some for a specific role or position and some for the more advanced player.


 Chip Lift  Dribble  Dummy  Kicking From the Ground
 Shot Stop  Swerve    


Fundamental Movement Skills (ABC's)

These set of skills provide opportunities for players to perform the skills from the other categories. 
 Agility Balance Coordination



Basic Motor Skills (Have a Ball)

These set of skills provide opportunities for players to perform the skills from the other categories.
Throwing Catching/Passing Kicking