A sport popular in Ireland is gaining traction in Cleveland: Meet the city's newest team

Posted at 2:01 PM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 14:02:31-04

Gaelic football is a sport popular in Ireland, but it also has a presence in Northeast Ohio.

"If you were to describe it, it is a combination of soccer, basketball and rugby," explained Jim Coyne, the assistant coach of Cleveland's Gaelic Football team.

The ball is heavier than a soccer ball but also a little bit smaller. You score by kicking or hitting the ball into the net for three points or through the uprights for one point.

"It (the sport) was exposed to Cleveland probably in the 1930's and they played down on Bridge Avenue," Coyne said. "Despite the fact that the sports clearly has strong Irish roots, Cleveland's team is comprised of players with a variety of backgrounds."

"What we have here is probably half Irish," Coyne said. "We've got Greek, Italians - It is a good a mix."

And while athletes play the game to win, they show up to have fun.