Transfers & Permits
- Where there is not an independent International Ladies Football Board, the
Ladies Gaelic Football Association recognises the GAA Boards and their
structures for the administration of Ladies Gaelic Football. However, the rules as
outlined in the Official Guide of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association shall
apply to all areas of playing rules and discipline.
- All International Units except Britain shall submit via the electronic registration
system to the Ladies Gaelic Football office in Croke Park, the names of their
Ladies Gaelic Football Clubs, the female players and members thereof
accompanied by a Registration Fee of €2 per person by the 1st June each year
with the exception of the Australasian Board who will pay an agreed Annual Fee
to Central Council.
However, Units which participate in All Ireland competitions must pay the Full
Registration Fee as outlined in Rule 49
Units in the USA and Canada must provide a list to Central Council on or before
30th April. Players who are resident in the USA or Canada on that date shall be
deemed to be Home based players.
- International affiliated Units of the Association shall be entitled to 2 delegates to
Central Council and Annual Congress.
- A player wishing to transfer to an NACB or Canadian club, from any jurisdiction
outside the NACB or Canadian control, must complete the Official Transfer Form
of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and submit this form to the Ladies
Gaelic Football Association by 31st March of the current year.
- The final date for transfers to New York shall be 31st March.
- Players who intend to play in any of our affiliated International Units, excluding
Britain, must complete an official permit form in duplicate, and have it signed by
the Club, County and National Secretaries.
Permits for players wishing to play under the control of the NACB shall be
issued at the grade of the last championship match played in the current or
The permit shall allow the players to play from the 31st March to 30th
September, and shall not be granted later than the 1st July in any year. These
players may play with their Home Club or County in their respective
On a players return to Ireland she will be entitled to resume playing with her
Club in Ireland, provided she sends notification to the Ladies Gaelic Football
office of her return. She is not eligible to go again and play in New York or the
North American Board areas in the same year
- The number of Permit Players permitted for any Club in the North American
County Board shall be as follows:
(a) A Club with 1 team – a maximum of 10 players
(b) A Club with a 2nd team – a further 8 players
(c) In the case of the Canadian Board Area the maximum number of
Permit Players per Club shall be 10.
(d) In the case of New York, the maximum number of Permit Players per
team shall be 3.
Clubs may also avail of the services of Players who have a valid
current J1 Visa, provided a J1 permit has been obtained.
- Players seeking permits to the USA and Canada, must have an appropriate
insurance policy or be included in a Club Insurance Scheme covering injuries
sustained while playing Ladies Gaelic Football. This policy shall indemnify the
Ladies Gaelic Football Association against all claims arising from injury
sustained while playing abroad. They must produce a copy of this policy when
applying for the permit.
- A player may play with her Home Club in Ireland and a Club in her European
Country of study and vice versa, provided she is participating in a recognised
programme of study in that European Country, or Ireland, for at least 3 months
duration, and she obtains permission from Central Council.
These players may play with their Home Club or County in their respective
Championships or other competitions.
This does not apply to Irish Home Club players studying in Ireland or Britain.
114. County Boards/Higher Councils of the Association outside of Ireland may apply in writing to central council for permission to deviate from specific rules where exceptional circumstances warrant it.