Australia's national representative Touch Football teams are known as the Pain Away Emus.
Australia's national representative Touch Football teams are known as the Pain Away Emus. The highest-level Pain Away Australian Emus teams are the Men's Open, Women's Open and Mixed Open teams. Unlike other team sports, there are Mixed divisions at the most elite level of Touch. Touch Football athletes can also represent the Pain Away Emus at Youth and Masters levels. The Pain Away Emus represent Australia in Touch World Cup events and Trans-Tasman Test Series.
The emu sits beside the kangaroo on the coat of arms and takes pride of place on all Australian team shirts, over the heart. Sharing the coat of arms with the kangaroo reflects the partnership between the NRL and their national men's Rugby League team, The Kangaroos, and TFA and our national Touch Football teams, The Pain Away Emus. Working side by side, representing both sports, are the kangaroo and the emu.
Emus are athletic and fast; with long powerful legs, the bird can reach speeds of up to 50km/h and can travel hundreds of kilometres. Our athletes are fast and will run all day. And the emu, as with the kangaroo, cannot take a backward step. Our Pain Away Emus Program will always look forward and evolve; we will continue to look for ways to improve. We will never go backwards.
The Emu has a long history with Australia's Indigenous culture and is featured in many Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and artworks. The Emu reflects our respect for our past, current and future Indigenous Touch Football athletes.
The Open Trans-Tasman (OTT) Test Series is a best-of-three series between the two top Touch Football nations in the world, Australia and New Zealand. The OTT comprises of Men's, Women's and Mixed divisions. There's also a Masters Trans-Tasman for older divisions.
The Youth Trans-Tasman (YTT) Test Series is a best-of-three series between the two top Touch Football nations in the world, Australia and New Zealand. The YTT comprises of Boy's, Girl's and Mixed divisions.
The Open Touch World Cup is a hit-out between the best teams representing member nations of the Federation of International Touch (FIT). There's also a Masters World Cup for older divisions.
TFA has partnered with the Australian Sports Foundation to enable our Pain Away Emus to receive tax-deductible donations. Donations to individuals or the team can be made via the button below.