New GAA Disciplinary Rules

Check out the latest information from GAA headquarters regarding the new carding rules. The Gaelic Football Rule Changes which became operative on 1 January 2014 are as follows:

Overview of new rules

  • Introduction of a Black Card for Cynical Behaviour Fouls.
  • Change in the number of substitutes allowed.
  • Distinction between Deliberate and Accidental Fouls.
  • Definition of the Tackle.
  • Introduction of a clearer Advantage Rule.
  • A player in possession may score a point with an open-handed hand-pass.

Cynical Behaviour Fouls

  • Deliberately pull down an opponent.
  • Deliberately trip an opponent with the hand(s), arm, leg or foot.
  • Deliberately body collide with an opponent after he has played the ball away or for the purpose of taking him out of a movement of play.
  • Threaten or to use abusive or provocative language or gestures to an opponent or a teammate.
  • Remonstrate in an aggressive manner with a Match Official.

The penalty for the above fouls are:

  • Free Kick from where the foul occurred.
  • Order Off offender by showing him a Black Card*.
  • Allow a replacement from within the substitutions permitted*.

Note*: Substitutes Increased to SIX per team. Maximum of THREE permitted for Black Card Offenders.

Cautionable Infractions (Yellow Cards)

  • To block or attempt to block with the boot when an opponent is kicking the ball from the hand(s).
  • 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.
  • To engage in any other form of rough play.
  • To attempt to achieve an advantage by feigning a foul or injury.
  • The above are all currently existing Yellow Card Infractions.

Noting Infractions

  • To hold an opponent with the hand(s).
  • To use the fist on or around the body of an opponent for the purpose of dispossessing him of the ball.
  • To charge an opponent in the back or to the front.
  • To charge an opponent:i. Who is not in possession of the ball, orii. Is in the act of kicking the ball, oriii. If both players are not moving in the direction of the ball to play it.
  • To charge an opponent for the purpose of giving an advantage to a team-mate.

Noting Infractions remain unchanged – Two Notings result in a Caution (Yellow Card) with a third resulting in an Order Off (second Yellow, followed by Red).