The rules are quite simple, and even if it’s your first time playing, you will pick up the basics in no time and enjoy the game with your teammates, no matter what everyone’s skill level is.
Basically, while attacking, you have to run forward and pass the ball backward; that means the ball carrier is up front, with teammates on the same line or slightly behind them, so the ball can be passed backward. Defenders only need to ‘touch’ the ball carrier to stop the attacking team; the rules of the game stipulate that the ‘touch’ has to be made ‘with the minimum force necessary’. It can be done on any part of the body, including the ball or clothing. The ‘touch’ can also be made by the ball carrier on a defensive player.
After making a ‘touch’, the defending team has to go backward behind an imaginary ‘defensive’ line, approximately seven metres away from where the touch has been made; the referee will show you where they expect you to be. The ball carrier has to perform a ‘rollball’, on the exact mark where the ‘touch’ was made. Be careful not to be ‘over the mark’ when performing a roll ball.
Your team will have six ‘touches’ as your opportunity to score. The sixth ‘touch’, dropping the ball or any infringement to the rules result in a changeover and the attacking team then becomes the defending side.
The rules of the game are easy to understand and suitable for everyone to enjoy Touch Football. For a complete version of the rules visit https://touchfootball.com.au/volunteer/8th-edition-rules/
The Touch Football Community
Touch Football is often referred to simply as ‘Touch’, or ‘Touch Footy’. It can be played everywhere across an extensive affiliated network within Australia. Touch Football Australia is the national governing body for the sport of Touch Football, recognised by the Australian Sport Commission.
Playing within an affiliated competition, such as with Redlands Touch Association, ensures that you are covered with insurance and you enjoy the best ‘Touch experience’, with quality fields, organised draws and dedicated volunteers to make sure the games flow smoothly and people enjoy their time down at the field.
The Touch Football Australia Beginner’s Hub has some great resources, click on the button below to visit the Hub.