The GAA have signed a ground breaking deal with Sky Sports, so here at Sportsnewsireland we have put together a beginner's basic rules. Gaelic football commonly referred to as football or Gaelic, is an Irish team sport. It is played between two teams of 15 players on a First played : . Gaelic football has been described as a cross between rugby and association football - but the Gaelic game came first. Like rugby, there are 15 players in a team.