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Simple resources for first-timers to Touch Football



How to Play Touch Football

Touch Football is a simple sport that everyone can play. Watch this short video to find out all that you need to know to take the field for the first time, whether you’re playing Men’s, Women’s, Mixed or Juniors touch footy! 


7 Basic Rules

Let’s review the seven basic rules, which are covered in this video:

  1. 1. There are six players for each team on the field at a time. Though there can be up to 14 players on the team, with unlimited substitutions.
  2. 2. You can only pass backwards.
  3. 3. If you get touched with the ball, you have to put the ball on the ground and step over it.
  4. 4. The person who collects the ball, known as the ‘dummy half’, should try to offload quickly because they’re not allowed to get touched or score. If they do, it’s a ‘changeover’ (the ball goes to the other team).
  5. 5. The team that makes the touch has to get back seven metres before they can make another touch.
  6. 6. After six touches to a team, there’s a changeover.
  7. 7. The ball can’t touch the ground. If it does, it’s a changeover.

NEED A LITTLE SKILLS ENHANCEMENT? WATCH THESE SHORT SKILLS TIPS VIDEOS

How to do a Roll Ball

Australian Emus athlete Sammy Rodgers runs you through how to roll the ball in Touch Football – it's different to how you play the ball in Rugby League.

When to do a Substitution

When to do a Substitution

Australian Emus athlete Sammy Rodgers encourages you to substitute when you need a break.

How to Initiate the Touch

How to Initiate the Touch

Australian Emus athlete Sammy Rodgers explains how to initiate a touch. Initiating the touch is something you should do to control the game when you have the opportunity, to force defenders off-side while you push forward.

Getting on-side

Tip for Getting On-Side

Australian Emus athlete Sammy Rodgers gives her tip for getting back on-side without losing sight of the attacking play.

Receiving the Pass

Receiving the Pass

Australian Emus athlete Sammy Rodgers explains how to best prepare to receive a pass.

How to Tap a Ball

How to Tap a Ball

Australian Emus athlete Sammy Rodgers explains how to tap a ball.

More Improvement Tips

AND SOME MORE IMPROVEMENT TIPS…

You’ve played a few games, or a whole season, and you’re keen to improve your skills further… Read these ‘5 ways to get better at touch footy‘, thanks to Australian Men's Open Coach Phil Gyemore.