What is Touch Football?

Touch football derives from the game of rugby league. Although the skills of touch football and rugby league are similar, there is no body contact at all. For example, there are no tackles, scrums, or kicking, and there are no goal posts. The emphasis is on running and agility, with hand passing and catching as key skills.

For that reason, touch football is a great mixed sport ideal for both men and women of all ages.

Touch football is played with the aim of moving the ball towards the opponents score line by running and passing the ball backwards to your team mates. The rugby league tackle has been replaced with a simple 'touch' by the defender, followed by a play the ball action (a roll-ball).

Touch football has grown rapidly in Australia after starting in the 1960's. Over 20,000 people play touch football in North Queensland today.

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Touch is a sport for boys, girls, men and women of all ages!


It’s similar to Rugby League (without the tackling or kicking) and is a great way to develop skills in the off-season.


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