Introduction to Touch
Touch (also known as “Touch football” or “Touch Rugby”) is a sport akin to rugby, whose rules are closest to rugby league that rugby union. Players stop the opposing team’s player by simply touching them, not tackling them as in full contact rugby. Touches can be made on any part of the player or the ball and are characterised by their “soft” side.
Touch can appear to be a complementary sport to Rugby League, but it should first and foremost be considered as a complete all-round sport in its own right. As such Touch brings together a mixture of players: men, women and children, and has specific activities (trainings, competition, codes, cultures…). In Luxembourg, this activity is currently being structured and developed: a new sporting discipline is taking shape.
Touch can be played at all ages and brings together both genders, which really makes it a family-friendly sport.
Touch is for all the family
An original, mixed team sport… Unlike “real” rugby, Touch doesn’t include kicking. Without the more physical and masculine types of contact, such as tackling and rucking, the game is perfectly suited to younger players.
It can be a wonderful apprenticeship for the sport and is played between girls and boys. Completely non-violent, Touch is well suited to those who wish to burn off plenty of energy in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Touch is also a good way for young people to develop a sense of fair play and discipline.
Defenders do not tackle the attacking player, but only need to touch them with one hand on any part of the body or ball. The referee will also trust the defender who will usually shout out “Touch” or “No Touch” during the game. There are no scrums either, a part of the game in Rugby that can be particularly hazardous. The advantage of Touch is truly its potential to be played by everyone.