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What is Touch?

Touch is a minimal contact sport played on a field 50m x 70m. The game emphasises running, agility, passing, catching and communication. Touch is a minimal contact sport which makes it appealing to a wide range of ages and abilities, from juniors to masters and from slight to heavy builds.
 
The main aim of the game is for each team to score "touchdowns" and to prevent the opposition from scoring (One touchdown equals one point). Teams are made up of 6 players on the field at any given time, with up to 8 substitute players on the sideline. Teams are categorised into Mens, Womens and Mixed divisions (mixed = 3 male + 3 female players). Players can substitute anytime during the game and as often as they like.
 
Attacking players must perform a "roll ball" once they have been touched by a defender. Defenders must retire in a straight line 5 meters from the "roll ball" mark. After 6 touches, the possession changes to the other team for their turn at attack. Penalties are awarded for a variety of infringements including, forward pass, offside, touch-and-pass, roll-ball over the mark and over-vigorous play."

Quick Rules

  1. The conventional rules of the game as laid out by the Federation of International Touch (F.I.T) will apply.
  2. The fields are 50x70m though local variations may occur.
  3. The attacking team must start with a tap from the middle of the field.
  4. The defending team must be back 10m for the start of play and after each touchdown.
  5. After a team scores the play begins again with a tap in the middle.
  6. The person who takes the role of dummy half can cross the try-line but not score
  7. If the dummy half is touched while possessing the ball it is a turnover. ROLL BALL.
  8. After being touched, the player touched must roll the ball between their legs.
  9. The attacking team continues play until they have had 6 touches
  10. After being touched 6 times the ball is handed over to the other side. ROLL BALL.
  11. After touching the attacking player with the ball, all defending team members must retreat 5m.
  12. Ball to Ground: When the ball is dropped on the ground it is a turnover.
  13. Turnover: When the attacking side loses the ball to the opposition
  14. No control: When the ball is thrown, dropped, knocked on, in a touch. ROLL BALL.
  15. When someone is penalised their team must then retreat 10m.
  16. If the defending players do not retreat they are offside. PENALTY
  17. If a touch is considered to be too strong. PENALTY
  18. Offside: when the defending players have not retreated 5m. PENALTY
  19. Forward Pass: When the ball is passed in front of the player who possessed the ball. PENALTY
  20. Touch and Pass: When the person who is touched then passes the ball. PENALTY
  21. Voluntary Rolled Ball or No Touch: When the player is not touched and rolls the ball between their legs. PENALTY
  22. More than a Metre: the ball must not be rolled more than one meter. ROLL BALL
  23. Shepherd or Obstruction: Obstructing a touch from the defending side. PENALTY
  24. Deviation: When a defender changes their direction before retreating straight back 5m. PENALTY

For minor offences i.e. bickering with refs, shouldering, leg trips etc. the player could be sin binned without replacement.

Foul play of any nature (the referee being the sole judge) will result in the offending player being sent from the field without replacement.

For a complete and comprehensive set of Touch Rules, you should refer to the latest edition on the Federation of International Touch website located below.

This page has been reproduced with the permission of the Scottish Touch Association.