About Touch

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Touch is a minimal contact sport played worldwide by men, women and children of all ages. Touch started in Australia as a social park game and as a training technique for rugby league teams during the 1950s and 60s. The game emphasizes running, agility and ball-handling skills such as passing and catching. Whilst not a professional sport, touch does offer serious competitions in various countries including a World Cup.

Touch is played on a pitch half the size of a rugby pitch. Each team has six players on the pitch at any one time. The basic rules of rugby apply, with passing only allowed backwards, offside defined by the ball and the touch, and touchdowns (tries) scored in the same way as in rugby union. Possession changes after six touches, unless the ball goes to ground in which case it is handed over immediately.

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