Organisational Rules:

How to take part:

  • A teacher must be present at all Cumann games
  • All games to be played during/shortly after school or at a mutually agreed time.
  • Game duration: Boys and Girls Games- See fixtures list for details.
  • All teams must complete league games before specified date. Teams will forfeit points for games outstanding.* See fixtures listfor dates.
  • Gumshields must be worn for all Cumann games including training.
  • All team jerseys must be numbered.
  • In the event of colours clashing,the home team will change.
  • The first team on the fixture list will play at home.
  • Pitch dimensions recommendations: 100m x 80m(Max) 80m x 60m(Min)
  • Small square 2m from post and 4m across. Onus os on home team to have small square clearly marked.


Cumann Games must be officiated by qualified official referees:

  • Referees to be sourced from current Cumann na mBunscol Kildare referees listings.
  • School team mentors organise their own referees. Typically home team organises the referee.
  • €15 to be paid by each team to referee on the final whistle.Please note increase from €12.50 as per AGM 2016.
  • Semi-Finals: Neutral referee to be appointed by main Cumann Representative at agreed venue.

Playing Rules:

All GAA rules apply except:

  • No big square.
  • Kickouts to be taken from the hand from the corner of the small square after a wide.
  • Kickout from the hand on 13m line after a score.
  • No penalalties in Cumann na mBunscol games.
  • 45s: boys take 45s from the ground, girls from the hand
  • No drawn games. Extra time will apply. 5 mins aside then golden score.
  • All football games boys and girls only one hop and one solo allowed per play.
  • Size 4 football/sliotars to be used. No soft touch sliotars to be used.
  • Girls participating in boys games must abode by boys rules.
  • Post Game

    • Both teams to pay referee €15.
    • Results to be forwarded to divisional co-ordinator immediately after the game.
    • Failure to forward results will result in forfeiture of points.

    Playoffs and Semi-Finals.

    • Where a division is in 2 groups of 4 teams, the top 2 teams from each group will qualify for semi-finals.
    • Semi-Finals will then comprise of winner group A vs. runner up group b and vice-versa.
    • In divisions with only 6 teams the top team will qualify for the finals with teams in 2nd and 3rd position playing off against each other in a semi-final.
    • In a situation where teams are tied on points, the result of the head to head league game will decide who tops the group.
    • Semi-Finals for a 3 group division will be organised by the divisional co-ordinator.
    • Semi-Finals to NBC played at mutually agreed venue.
    • Neutral referee to be appointed by Cumann representative at facilitating school.
    • Neutral: Not from home team area or club.
    • Beaten semi-finalists to provide umpires for finals.


    • Finals dates and fixtures will not be moved
    • All teams to supply 3 x team sheets with dates of birth, names and corresponding jersey numbers to be worn in school's respective final
    • Referees, Cumann volunteers and host venue must be respected at all times