The brand new NRL Touch Premiership tapped off on Friday 18th May at ANZ Stadium.
In a game-changing move for Australia’s largest social sport, Touch Football Australia (TFA), in conjunction with our partner the NRL, has introduced an NRL Touch Premiership, with elite touch football games – Men’s and Women’s – played as curtain-raisers to NRL games.
Australian NRL Touch Football male and female players, who were already playing in elite-level domestic and international touch competitions, were selected for teams aligned with six NRL clubs: Wests Tigers, Parramatta Eels, Newcastle Knights, Gold Coast Titans, Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys.
The games are being broadcast nationally on Fox League, through a mix of live and delayed broadcasts.
TFA CEO Steve Mitchell is thrilled about showcasing elite touch football to a broader audience in this, the 50th year of the sport, which was born out of rugby league in 1968.
“Touch football is Australia’s largest social sport, so it’s not generally considered a spectator sport, but everyone who gets the chance to witness the elite level of the game is in awe of how entertaining it is to watch.
“These players, both male and female, have been playing the sport since they were five or so, and the speed, the agility and the skill level is just phenomenal.
“We’ve seen so many touch football players move into the NRL – Benji Marshall, Kalyn Ponga, Bevan French, Maddie Studdon and Ali Brigginshaw, for instance – so we’re excited to give our touch players a tournament that allows them to showcase their skills in this sport on a national stage.”