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About the Rules

Principles of Fair Play

Ensure players take responsibility for their behaviour

Sanctions relating to Illegal Charge/Collision determined by the following criteria

  • Reward the skilful player
  • Ensure that it does not pay to foul
  • Eradicate cynicism from the games
  • Ensure consistent application of the Playing Rules
  • Optimise respect for Match Officials
  • Ensure players take responsibility for their behaviour
  • Ensure sanctions are imposed on a proportionate and transparent basis


  • Ball must be the Primary Focus
  • Players are responsible for the contact they make
  • Player must have an awareness and duty of care towards their opponent
  • Player playing the ball will be protected


  • If contact is made to opponent’s head
  • If opponent has no opportunity to protect himself
  • If contact/impact is excessive or causes injury
  • If the elbow/forearm/hurley is part of the contact
  • If the player making contact jumps or has two feet off the ground
  • If the player making contact had a realistic alternative by way of challenging opponent
  • The direction and distance covered by the player who makes contact














Penalty ORDER OFF – RED CARD  PenaltyCAUTION – YELLOW CARD  PenaltyNOTE/TICK  PenaltyFREE/1ST OFFENCECaution if Persistent
1)To strike or attempt to strike an opponent with head, arm, elbow, hand or knee:2) To kick or attempt to kick an opponent with minimal force:3) To strike or attempt to strike an opponent with a hurley with minimal force

4) To strike an opponent with a hurley either with force or causing injury

5)To strike or attempt to strike an opponent with a hurley with force

6) To kick an opponent, with force causing injury:

7) To attempt to kick an opponent with Force:

8) To stamp on an opponent:

9) To behave in a way which is dangerous to an opponent:

10) To inflict injury recklessly on an opponent by means other than stated above:

11) To spit at an opponent:

12) To contribute to a melee:

13) To strike or attempt to strike, to interfere with or use threatening or abusive language or conduct to a Match Official:

14) To assault an opposing Team Official:

15) To foul an opponent as in 1-12 inclusive above prior to the start or at half-time:

16) To foul a team-mate as in 1-12 inclusive above:

1) To pull down an opponent:2) To trip an opponent with hand(s) or foot or hurley:3) To threaten/use abusive or

provocative language/gestures to

an opponent:

4) To block or attempt to block with the boot when an opponent is kicking from the hand:

5) To prevent or attempt to prevent an opponent from lifting or kicking the ball off the ground

by striking an opponent’s hand, arm, foot or leg with the boot:

6) To engage in any other form of rough play:

7) To attempt to achieve an advantage by feigning a foul or injury:

8) To threaten or use abusive or provocative language or gestures

to a team mate:

9) To make a pull with the hurley from behind and around the body that is not consistent with an attept to play the ball

10) To throw the hurley is a careless manner

11) To throw the hurley in a manner which constitutes a danger to another player(s)

12) To pull or take hold of a faceguard or any other part of an opponent’s helmet.

(In hurling infractions 4 and 6 are not included in the rule book)


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 front:

4) To charge an opponent unless;

(i) He is in possession of the ball;

(ii) He is not in the act of kicking the ball

(iii) Both players are moving in the direction of the ball to play it:

5) To charge an opponent for the purpose of giving advantage to a



(No additional noting infractions in hurling)


1) To push an opponent with the hand(s) or hurley2) To charge the Goalkeeper in the small rectangle:3) For a player in possession of the ball to charge an opponent.

4) To hold an opponent’s hurley OR pull it from his hands

5) To use the hurley to obstruct an opponent

6)To strike an opponent’s hurley unless both players are in the act of playing the ball


(Please note that following clarification persistent is classified as twice)