USGAA is the governing body responsible for promoting the sports of Hurling, Camogie and Gaelic Football in the United States (except NYC). There are over 130 adult and youth clubs under USGAA administration. Our club is a part of the Southwest division (see red area on the map), which includes clubs across Southern California to Colorado to Texas.
Originating in Ireland, Gaelic Football ('Gaelic') has been played by the Irish community in California for many years. There are records of Gaelic being played in Hyde Park (now the site of the Civic Centre) in San Francisco as early as the 1850s. Long-established clubs are present in US cities that traditionally have a large Irish population, such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Boston. More recently the sport is putting down roots thanks to the establishment of clubs across Southern California. Scroll down for a US map showing all GAA clubs.
As of 2018, more than 50% of USGAA players are American-born. That number is even higher in the smaller West Coast clubs that tend to be dominated by Americans and other nationalities. And that's great news for all - more players and more diversity results in a stronger club!
Don't forget to register for a training session (Activities and Events) and if you're keen, here's a history lesson on the origins of Gaelic Football and how it came to the US with the Irish (History).
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Pictured: Catching a highball in the now demolished Polo Grounds in 1947