International Rules Football | Ireland v Australia 1984-1990

International Rules Series 1984

21.10.84CorkAustralia2-15-13 (70)Ireland4-8-9 (57)
28.10.84Croke Park, DublinIreland3-18-8 (80)Australia1-18-16 (76)
04.11.84Croke Park, DublinAustralia76Ireland71


Australia won three-game series 2-1

International Rules Series 1986

11.10.86PerthAustralia1-14-16 (64)Ireland5-5-12 (57)
19.10.86MelbourneIreland3-10-14 (62)Australia1-10-10 (46)
24.10.86AdelaideIreland4-8-7 (55)Australia0-7-11 (32)


Ireland won three-game series 2-1

International Rules Series 1987

18.10.87Croke Park, DublinIreland3-7-14 (53)Australia1-11-12 (51)
25.10.87Croke Park, DublinAustralia3-14-12 (72)Ireland3-6-11 (47)
01.11.87Croke Park, DublinAustralia0-14-17 (59)Ireland1-13-10 (55)


Australia won three-game series 2-1

International Rules Series 1990

02.11.90MelbourneIreland0-12-11 (47)Australia0-10-8 (38)
10.11.90CanberraIreland3-9-7 (52)Australia0-7-10 (31)
17.11.90PerthAustralia0-13-11 (50)Ireland0-12-8 (44)


Ireland won three-game series 2-1


The first full International Rules Football series between Ireland and Australia was played in 1984, with Australia winning by 2 games to 1.

From then it alternated between Ireland and Australia and by the time it was put on hold after the 1990 series it was 2 series wins each.

It was revived as a 2 game annual series in 1998.


International Rules Football, also known as Compromise Rules in Ireland and Inter Footy in Australia is a sport featuring a compromise between Gaelic Football and Australian Football.

It is 18-a-side (Gaelic Football is 15 and Australian Rules 21) and features both the goals & points of Gaelic Football and the Behinds of Australian Rules.

A Goal is worth 6 Points, an Over 3 Points and a Behind 1 Point.


[1] GAA (2017) – “The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games – Full GAA Records from 1887 to 2017 Inclusive DBA Publications Limted, Dublin. Pg. 405
[2] (1999) Smith, Raymond (editor). The Sunday Independent ACCBANK Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games. pg. 530.
[3] (2002) Ulster GAA. Ulster Games 2002 Annual. “Results”. pg. 71.

[10] Footy Stamps (2006) History of International Rules [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 10 September 2018]

[16] Donegal Daily (2017) GAA Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 2 December 2017]
[17] Wikipedia (2017) AFL Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 2 December 2017]


Thanks to Anton Pippo O’Grady, Ireland .

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Last Updated: 21 August 2019

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