A quick summary of the main rules of Touch.

Scoring
A touchdown/try will be awarded when a player places the ball on or over the scoreline prior to being touched. A touchdown is worth one point.

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Below is the range of referee signals that you will see whilst playing or watching the game of touch.

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Touch has three main positions; Wings, Links and the Middles. There are two of each position on the field at any one time during a game.

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Here are some of the terms you here being shouted during a game of Touch

Acting Half/The Half
The player who receives the ball following the rollball.

Buddy
Two players perform a "buddy" when the roll-ball steps or "splits" to one side and receives the ball back from the acting half. They then run with the ball at the defence to make another touch.

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Touch started in Australia in the early 1960s as a social or "park" game and as a training technique for rugby league teams. It was not then viewed as a sport in its own right. As more and more people began to play the game as a safe alternative to league, there soon became a need for a formalised competion. It was formalised into a sport proper by the "Founders of Touch", Bob Dyke and Ray Vawdon of the South Sydney Junior Rugby League Club. On 13 July 1968 the "South Sydney Touch Football Club" was formed and the sport of Touch Football was born. The first official game of Touch was played in late 1968 and the first official competition, organised by Dyke & Vawdon, was held at Snape Park, Sydney in 1969. From these humble beginnings the game quickly became a fully regulated and codified sport. It was first played in Brisbane in 1972 and by 1973 there were representative games. It had spread to New Zealand by 1975.

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Touch is a field sport also known as Touch Football, or in some countries as Touch Rugby. Touch is overseen worldwide by the Federation of International Touch (FIT). Touch has traditionally been played in Australia and New Zealand but the sport has expanded internationally and features many regional and global competitions.

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