Das Spiel / The Game

TOUCH is a non-contact, fun, simple and fast game similar to rugby but without the tackling. Our club, Touch Berlin attracts both men and women of all ages and skill levels - from current rugby players (who want a fun sport to play alongside rugby) to people who have just decided the want to get involved in a team sport and want to give TOUCH a try. It’s easy to learn and is great for your fitness. It incorporates the fundamental rugby skills of running, passing, side-stepping and support play without getting hurt. It's one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

 

The complete rulebook is attached at the bottom of this page but a brief summary is provided to give you a good idea of things

How to play Touch, the important Rules of the Game:
 
The game is played on a field 70 x 50 m.  The object of the game is to score more tries than your opponents do. A try is scored when a team member who is carrying the ball places the ball on the ground past the opposing team's try line. Your team restarts with the ball if your team has won possession. 
 
Your team wins possession if: 
  • the other team loses possession. 
  • a member of your team carrying the ball was touched by a member of the other team, and your team has not had possession the last 5-6 times a member of one team carrying the ball was touched by a member of the other team. 
  • a member of your team without the ball is obstructed. 
  • your team had possession and play stopped due to an incorrect call. 
Your team loses possession if the member of your team carrying the ball: 
  • drops the ball to the ground. 
  • passes the ball forward. 
  • kicks the ball forward. 
  • goes into touch (runs onto or over the touch-lines (in American football known as the sidelines) down the sides of the field). 
  • is touched by a member of the other team after your team has had possession the last 5-6 times a member of one team carrying the ball was touched by a member of the other team.  
When one team wins possession: 
  • play is restarted from the position where the possession was won. 
  • the member of the team who starts with the ball must tap the ball with his foot and pass it to another member of his team before moving from the restart position. 
  • the team may wait until every member of the other team is at least 5 m in front of the ball before commencing play.

Introduction to TOUCH ‎(filmed at the 2010 European Championships)‎