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The Tackle Rule

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How do you tackle in Gaelic Football?

Ned_Stormcrow (Cavan) - Posts: 1061 - 09/05/2022 14:32:03    2415966

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Replying To Ned_Stormcrow:  "How do you tackle in Gaelic Football?"
Flick the ball out of the opponents possession (hand tackle, can only use one open hand and it can only be aimed at the ball) or a shoulder to shoulder charge are what are permissible in the rules.

In practice there's a lot of tackling that doesn't fall under those criteria that are let go.

Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 3799 - 09/05/2022 15:12:38    2415994

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Replying To Whammo86:  "Flick the ball out of the opponents possession (hand tackle, can only use one open hand and it can only be aimed at the ball) or a shoulder to shoulder charge are what are permissible in the rules.

In practice there's a lot of tackling that doesn't fall under those criteria that are let go."
Agreed, and it's the overlooking of a lot of stuff regarding tackles that annoys supporters. I thought we should have had a penalty yesterday against Donegal, but I genuinely don't know the rules despite following the game for 20 years. Nor do even the pundits. It's an area that needs to be overhauled.

Ned_Stormcrow (Cavan) - Posts: 1061 - 09/05/2022 15:42:18    2416013

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Replying To Ned_Stormcrow:  "How do you tackle in Gaelic Football?"
What you can get away with depends entirely on which county you're from.

Gavvygavgav (Dublin) - Posts: 378 - 09/05/2022 15:46:44    2416016

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Replying To Whammo86:  "Flick the ball out of the opponents possession (hand tackle, can only use one open hand and it can only be aimed at the ball) or a shoulder to shoulder charge are what are permissible in the rules.

In practice there's a lot of tackling that doesn't fall under those criteria that are let go."
The tackle is the Achilles heel of the game. You see slapping, holding the arm or other ways of physically impeding the player. This is the collateral damage of the way the game is now played. When a team try to keep possession by unrestricted hand passing, how can the defenders respond ? Bring back the 'catch & kick' !

dbpcmi (Westmeath) - Posts: 57 - 09/05/2022 15:51:50    2416021

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Replying To Ned_Stormcrow:  "How do you tackle in Gaelic Football?"
The Tackle is re-defined as:
"The Tackle is a skill by which a player may dispossess an opponent or frustrate his objective within the Rules of Fair Play. The tackle is aimed at the ball, not the player. The tackler may use his body to confront the opponent but deliberate bodily contact (such as punching, slapping, arm holding, pushing, tripping, jersey pulling or a full frontal charge) is forbidden. The only deliberate physical contact can be a Fair Charge i.e. Shoulder-to-shoulder with at least one foot on the ground. More than one player can tackle the player in possession."

tirawleybaron (Mayo) - Posts: 987 - 09/05/2022 20:51:28    2416077

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Interesting topic, playing for the ball not the man except an acceptable charge is basically it. Hard to see from the stand, so that's why supporters get vexed. Any tackling from behind or over the shoulder is out. Ground tackling especially with the knees or hands and the body or groups is out. Otherwise we have to change the rules big-time. Personally I am on for it, but it as its basically impossible to referee it. At the moment most top refs let 60% of illegal tackling go. Imo. Everyone wants the game to flow but the rules should reflect it.

ninjasmyth (Louth) - Posts: 600 - 09/05/2022 20:55:13    2416079

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Replying To Ned_Stormcrow:  "How do you tackle in Gaelic Football?"
the below are fouls for clarity

1. To hold an opponent with the hand(s).
2. To use the fist on or around the body of an opponent for the purpose of dispossessing him of the ball.
3. To charge an opponent in the back or to the front.
4. To charge an opponent:
i. Who is not in possession of the ball, or
ii. Is in the act of kicking the ball, or
iii. If both players are not moving in the direction of the ball to play it.

tirawleybaron (Mayo) - Posts: 987 - 09/05/2022 20:55:40    2416080

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Replying To Gavvygavgav:  "What you can get away with depends entirely on which county you're from."
More a case of which official is refereeing it. What one referee sees as a free to one team another referee will see the exact same incident as a free to the other team! And then the tv co-commentator tells us why Referee A awarded the free but if Referee B (who sees it differently) is officiating, they'll tell us why he gave the free to the other team!

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1687 - 09/05/2022 21:52:55    2416093

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Replying To ninjasmyth:  "Interesting topic, playing for the ball not the man except an acceptable charge is basically it. Hard to see from the stand, so that's why supporters get vexed. Any tackling from behind or over the shoulder is out. Ground tackling especially with the knees or hands and the body or groups is out. Otherwise we have to change the rules big-time. Personally I am on for it, but it as its basically impossible to referee it. At the moment most top refs let 60% of illegal tackling go. Imo. Everyone wants the game to flow but the rules should reflect it."
I couldn't agree more. We need an overhaul in this area. It is a blight on the game and has been for years. The powers that be just stick their head in the sand and pretend it is not an issue.

Ned_Stormcrow (Cavan) - Posts: 1061 - 10/05/2022 10:13:43    2416133

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