SOCCER / FOOTBALL

The world over, for centuries man has kicked a ball around and it has developed into one the most competitive sports around the globe. Each country, in every continent has developed its own set of rules, its own style and its own shape, size of ball but the end result is always the same. One team comes out the winner! These games, most often referred to as simply football are association football, American football, Australian Rules football, Canadian football, Gaelic football, rugby league football and rugby union football. While in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand the name used for association football is Soccer.

Definition of Association Football or Soccer: A game played on a rectangular field with net goals at either end in which two teams of 11 players each try to drive a ball into the other’s goal by kicking, heading, or using any part of the body except the arms and hands. The goalkeeper is the only player who may touch or move the ball with the arms or hands. The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time and/or a penalty shootout depending on the format of the competition. The Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA; French: Fédération Internationale de Football Association) which organises a World Cup every four years.
In Ireland we have Gaelic Games – that is sports played in Ireland under the auspices of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Gaelic football and hurling are the two main games.

Definition of Gaelic Football:

A type of football played mainly in Ireland between teams of fifteen players, with a goal resembling that used in rugby but having a net attached. The object is to kick or punch the round ball into the net (scoring three points) or over the crossbar (one point).

Definition of Hurling:

A traditionally Irish game played by two teams of 15 players each on a rectangular field 140 yards (128 meters) long, points being scored by hitting, pushing, carrying, or throwing the leather-covered ball (or sliotar) between the goalposts at the opponent’s end of the field with a wide-bladed stick resembling a hockey stick called a hurley (or camán).



Discover the home of the Association Football and/or the home of Gaelic Football

DM Tours Coach Hire will take you on a journey of discovery combining, if you wish, with some sightseeing of what Ireland and the UK has to offer. We can build a tour to any Club of your choice, with flight packages to either Ireland or the UK and make all the land arrangements. So if you want to visit Croke Park, the home of the GAA and Gaelic football in Ireland or to England’s Liverpool FC or Manchester United, Scotland’s Celtic or Rangers or a team in the lower divisions. The choice is yours! We can even arrange GAA matches for Club tours in Ireland and matches with local English soccer clubs.



Sample Itinerary

  • We will collect you by luxury transport (size of vehicle depends on the size of your group) from either Dublin or Shannon airports.
  • Spend as many days as required visiting the top sights and attractions of Ireland.
  • Visit the Eithad Skyline at Croke Park or Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road.
  • Board the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead and drive through North Wales and the English countryside OR Board the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan and drive through the Scottish countryside to the destination of your choice of team.
  • Visit the stadium and have a tour around their museum (if available – not all lower division teams allow tours)
  • Prime seats to a home game of your choice.
  • Spend as many days as required visiting the top sights and attractions of England or Scotland.
  • Return flights from the nearest UK airport.

So we can tailor make any tour, of any length, to any destination to include any home game of any club of your choice.

Contact us now and let us fulfil your dream!

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Croke Park, GAA Stadium, Dublin
Home of Gaelic Games in Ireland, you will be accompanied by an experienced tour guide and visitors will ascent to a walkway 44 metres above the ground to take in panoramic views of the Irish capital. Eithad Skyline includes stops at five viewing platforms along Croke Park’s 0.6km rooftop walkway. Each stop gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the highlighted buildings and sites in their line of vision through multi-lingual audio guides. The GAA Museum celebrates Ireland’s national games of hurling and Gaelic football and the GAA’s enormous contribution to Irish sporting, cultural and social life since its foundation in 1884. Located under the Cusack Stand of GAA headquarters at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, the museum is open daily throughout the year.
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Aviva Stadium/Landsdowne Road, Dublin
Aviva Stadium is the culmination of 150 year of Irish Sporting Heritage, it is the birthplace of Irish Rugby, the spiritual home of Irish football and rugby. Aviva Stadium is unique in its architecture, advanced engineering and a world leader in sustainability. Follow in the footsteps of your heroes and take a look behind the scenes at Aviva Stadium. Experience the magic of a match day and discover more about the iconic home of Irish football and rugby. The tour gives you the unique opportunity to get a sense of what the Irish football and rugby stars really feel like on a match day. You’ll be able to gain an insight into the players’ match day routines as this unmissable tour will lead you into areas that are only accessible to players and officials.
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Manchester United FC, Old Trafford
The story of Manchester United is unlike any other club in the world. Beginning more than a century ago, it combines eras of total English and European domination with some of the greatest adversity faced by any football club. The Theatre of Dreams! the Old Trafford Museum & Tour Centre can you see the stadium through the eyes of Manchester United greats themselves, share 130 years of football in the Museum and see the trophies that Manchester United have won over those years.
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Liverpool FC, Anfield
Take the award winning Anfield Stadium Tour and gain exclusive behind the scenes access to Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC. You can even take a tour of Anfield on the day of a Liverpool FC Home Game, giving you the chance to soak up the unique match day atmosphere. Each tour includes an opportunity for souvenir photos and exclusive behind the scenes access to Anfield. A visit to the Press Room and the Home Team dressing room, you can sit in the Manager’s dug out and listen to stories from behind the scenes as told by their Tour Team.
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Celtic FC, Celtic Park, Glasgow
One of the biggest football stadiums in Europe, Celtic Park makes it the perfect place to learn all about the colourful history and heritage of Celtic Football Club from its inception in 1888. Experience first hand, Celtic’s heritage and culture that has made the club famous and renowned the world over. Take a guided tour of the stadium as well as taking a trip through the history of the club through our various informative and impressive exhibitions.
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Rangers FC – Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
Experience the magic of this world famous stadium with your very own ‘access all areas’ pass! On the Ibrox Tour you will get exclusive access to the home dressing room, climb the marble staircase and explore the illustrious Trophy Room. Plus take a virtual tour of the Club’s state of the art training facility at Murray Park and run down the tunnel before taking a seat in the dugout.
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