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Affiliated schools are advised to familiarise themselves with the details of these Regulations which are posted both on our website ( and on the Croke Park website ( Attention is drawn in particular to the following:

“A Sideline Official will be appointed by the committee-in-charge, and it shall be his duty to report any breaches of these Regulations. The Committee-in-charge may also appoint a Match Monitor who shall be responsible for any duties assigned. The Sideline Official shall include in his report any relevant observations or breaches reported to him by the Match Monitor. These will then form part of the Referee’s Report in accordance with Rule 1.6, Rules of Control, T.O. 2017 (Cuid II) but any errors or omissions in respect of this shall not invalidate the Report as a whole.

The Committee-in-charge may also impose penalties for breaches of the Regulations brought to its attention by members of the Committee-in-charge or the Management Committee.”

Failure to respect the regulations and follow laid down procedures therein may lead to penalties as defined in General Rule & Section 3 of this document being imposed on individuals, teams, County Committees, or Clubs by the Committees-in-Charge.

Game Regulations
The Referee has the authority during the game to send any person in repeated breach of these Regulations to the stand / outside the pitch enclosure, and such person may not be replaced.

Team Officials must be named on the official team list submitted to the referee. The number of Team Officials permitted to remain in the Pitch Enclosure during the game is up to a maximum of FIVE, who are the Bainisteoir, the Maor Foirne, the 2 Water Carriers / Hurley Carriers, and one Medic.

      The Bainisteoir shall wear a designated distinctive top, and is not permitted to enter the field of play. He may move along the sideline from the 65m line to the 45m line as per the ’Pitch Layout’ in these Regulations. The Bainisteoir may not act in any other capacity (e.g. as Maor Foirne etc).
      The Maor Foirne (who must be Selector) shall wear a designated distinctive top, and may enter the field of play only through the area in front of the team’s designated area, and only when the ball has gone out of play following a score, wide or during a stoppage in play called by the Referee. He shall exit the field of play at the nearest point and return to his designated area without interfering with play or opposition personnel. The Maor Foirne may not be a listed member of the Team panel and may not act as a designated Water/Hurley carrier.

A Break in Play:
A Break in Play is when the ball has gone out of play following a score or a wide, or a stoppage in play called by the Referee for medical attention to an injured player. The taking of a free, a 45, and/or a sideline kick/puck does not constitute a break in play.

      Selectors must sit in their designated area and may not act as Water Carriers / Hurley Carriers.
      Two (2) Medical Personnel (2) shall be identified on the Official Team list and shall sit in the areas designated in Ground Regulations; they shall wear clear identification, may only enter the field of play to attend to an injured player.
    3. Maor uisce
      Two (2) Maor Uisce are permitted per team; they may not enter the field of play. Each must wear a designated distinctive top and will be situated as per the ‘Pitch Layout’ in these Regulations, and at least 2 metres from the sideline. In hurling, the Maoir Uisce will also act as Hurley Carriers, and may enter the field of play with a replacement hurley when necessary. Substitutes, injured players, or members of the extended panel may not act as Maoir Uisce.
    4. *Penalties:
      Penalties for breaches of Match Regulations shall be at the discretion of the Committee-in-charge. These may include warnings, fines, the withdrawal of sideline privileges as outlined in (a) – (e) above, or suspension of individuals as considered appropriate.


PHASE 1: Proceed to Extra time as provided for in T.O Cuid II (Two periods of ten minutes each way)

PHASE 2: If teams are still level, an additional two periods of five minutes each way will be played. (This shall be considered an extension to the first period of extra time, therefore a team reduced to 14 players because of a sending off during the playing of the first phase of Extra Time must start Phase II with only 14 players.)

PHASE 3: If still level, a “Free taking competition” to decide the outcome.

  • Each team will nominate 5 free takers for the competition and indicate to the referee in which order (1 to 5) the free takers will take the frees.
  • The 5 players above must be chosen from players who have participated in the game, either in normal time or in one of the periods of Extra Time.
  • Players who receive a red card in Hurling or Football, and players who receive a black card in Football, in normal time or any of the four periods of Extra Time are not permitted to participate in the free-taking competition.
  • The Referee will toss a coin for choice of ends in the presence of the Team Captains. The Captain who wins the toss will choose which end the free taking competition should be played into and will have the option of his team going 1st or 2nd.
  • The Referee will ensure 2 goal umpires are in place at the end in which the competition is being played into.
  • Frees will be taken by each of the five players from a position of their choosing on the 65 (Hurling) or 45 (Football) metre line. Frees in football may be taken from the hands or off the ground.

As per Ard Comhairle protocol, with the following additional provisions for younger age groups:

U16.5 years – frees will be taken from the 45m line.

(1) U16.5 years: frees will be taken from 33 metres (the apex of the D)
(2) U14.5 years: frees will be taken from the 20 metre line ateither corner of the D

  • In Hurling, frees shall be taken in accordance with the provisions of T.O 2016 Cuid II – Rules of Set Play Riail 2.5 (a) and (b) and Rules of Foul Play 4.24, 4.25 and 4.27. Breaches of these provisions will render frees null and void and they cannot be retaken.
  • In football, frees shall be taken in accordance with the provisions of T.O 2016 Cuid II Rules of Set Play – Rule 2.5 and Rules of Foul Play 4.23, 4.24 and 4.26. Breaches of these provisions will render frees null and void and they cannot be retaken.
  • Frees will be taken for points only, with no goalkeeper / defenders facing the free-takers.
  • With the exception of the player taking the free, all other players, managers, officials, backroom personnel etc should be at their designated sideline area, and off the field of play when the free taking competition is taking place.
  • The game is awarded to whichever team scores more of their 5 frees.
  • If still level then sudden death frees to be taken using the same 5 players in order (i.e. first sudden death free is taken by the player who took the first free for each side, 2nd sudden death free if required to be taken by the player who took the 2nd free and so on).
  • If a player scores in sudden death and his direct opponent misses, the game is awarded to the team of the player who has scored.
  • The sudden death element will continue until such time as there is a definite outcome (i.e. returning to the first player(s) and repeating the sequence again if required).