Athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball recreation harpastum. Phaininda, episkyros and harpastum were played involving arms and violence. They all appear to have resembled rugby football, wrestling and volleyball greater than what’s recognizable as modern football.

But the sport was performed underneath guidelines primarily based on the affiliation football guidelines of the time. During the latter half of the 1870s, schools playing affiliation football switched to the Rugby code. There was no critical attempt to unify and codify Irish sorts of football, until the establishment of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in 1884. The GAA sought to promote traditional Irish sports activities, such as hurling and to reject imported video games like Rugby and Association football. The first Gaelic football rules had been drawn up by Maurice Davin and printed in the United Ireland magazine on 7 February 1887.

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