What Is Touch?
Touch (sometimes called Touch Rugby), is a fast paced, fun, field game. All you need is a ball and a field. Teams usually consist of 12 to 14 players and the game is played with 6 players from each side on the field at a time but with very frequent substitutions, There are no forward passes, kicking, tackling or blocking and the game is minimal contact. Any touch using above minimal force is not allowed.
The object of the game is to advance the ball (slightly larger but same shape as a football) downfield (kind of like a football field) by passing the ball sideways or backwards between teammates who attempt to evade opposition defenders and score touchdowns by touching the ball to the ground on or over the goal line. Each touchdown is worth 1 point. The defenders attempt to stop the attacking team by touching the player with the ball. After 6 touches, the defenders get the ball and the attackers become defenders. Simple right? The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
Touch began in Australia in the 1950’s as a social game and training for a game called rugby league but has expanded throughout the world such that the Touch World Cup now attracts up to over 120 teams from around the globe including the USA. The United States holds its own National Championship tournament yearly. In the 1950's and early 1960's Touch was primarily a game played by Rugby League and Rugby Union players as a training and fitness exercise. Touch created it's own identity when ex Rugby League players came together during the off season to compete locally. Touch football, as it was known, was still basically very similar to the game of Rugby League with the exception of the physical aspects. Then in 1987/88 a conscious decision was made to change the rules of Touch to speed up the game and the game has been evolving ever since.
Touch is suitable for both beginners and experienced players. You can play in either men's, women's or mixed (co-ed) divisions.
Touch is a minimal contact recreational sport that is about playing the game on the field and also the social atmosphere afterwards.
Touch is a fun game for the local park or even the beach, it is easy to learn and a great way to get in shape.
Touch can be used for off season training for any sport and teaches agility, hand eye coordination and team work.
You can download a summary of the game rules by visiting our "Referee's Corner."