The Basics

The aim of the game is to score a try by getting through the opponent team’s part of the field and placing the ball down in the “in-goal area”.

Teams are made of up to 14 players, with a maximum of six (6) players on the field at any time with unlimited substitutions. The game are divided into two (2) halves and have a five (5) minute half-time break.

Just before the game, team captains gather with the referee/s for the toss. The winner chooses which direction they want their team to run in, and which team will start the game with a “tap” on the halfway line.

The Rules

The rules are simple, you will pick up the basics in no time and enjoy the game with your teammates.

ATTACKING: When attacking, you have to run forward and pass the ball backward; that means the ball carrier is up front, with their teammates on the same line or slightly behind them, so they can pass the ball to them!

DEFENDING: 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 defending player.

After making a “touch”, the defending team has to go backward behind an imaginary “defensive” line, seven (7) meters 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” where the ball is given to the opposing team.

For more information , visit the Touch Football Australia website – ww.touchfootball.com.au/learn/