Camogie is the fastest field sport in the world played by women and is played by 100,000 women in Ireland alone.
The object of the game is to out-score the opposing team and points can be scored by the following means: a goal (scored when the ball goes between the posts and under the bar) is equal to three points and a point (scored when the ball goes over the bar) is equal to one point.
Matches are contested by two teams of 15 players per side, and they are played on a field 130m to 145m long and 80m to 90m wide. Matches last for 60 minutes.
Experimental rules for a “female stick-and-ball game” were first drawn up in 1903 and the sport’s governing body, the Camogie Association was founded in 1905. Until 1979 a points bar was also used, meaning that a point would not be allowed if it travelled over this bar, a somewhat contentious rule through the 75 years it was in use. Teams were regulated at 12 a side and in 1999 Camogie moved to a large field-size and teams increased to 15 players -a-side.
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