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Touch, also known as Touch Football, Touch Footy, or Touch Rugby around the world, is a sport that allows people from all walks of life to be a part of an inclusive community and compete either locally or at the highest international level. It is a non-contact form of rugby that originated in Australia. It is one of the fastest growing sports in the United Kingdom and around the world. Touch is one of those rare sports where people of all genders and ages can get together to compete amongst one another. In touch, the main excelling factor is each athlete’s drive to learn and improve their game!


The Rules. A full mixed game is usually 40 minutes, comprising of two 20 minute halves. There are a total of six players on a side--a minimum of one woman and no more than three men--with up to 14 on each team and rolling substitutions. To score a try, a player apart from the half must place the ball over the try line before a defender touches them. The person who picks the ball up is "the half." They cannot score and if they get touched it is a turnover. After six touches, unless a team scores or a penalty is awarded, the possession changes. The ball must be passed backwards, and the attacking team aims to create scoring opportunities by passing, running, and using platforms to advance towards the opponent's try line. After each touch, the player in possession must place it on the ground and step over the ball; what is called a "roll ball." The defending team's objective is to protect their try line by touching the attacking players with minimum force. After each touch, every player in the defence must retreat 7 metres from the touch. It is a fast-paced, dynamic, and inclusive sport, which promotes skills development and teamwork!

You can find the complete fifth edition rulebook here.

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Term Social

This membership option grants access to open training sessions and socials each term. You may have select opportunities to play in development leagues. Unfortunately, you will not be eligible for high performance selection.


Term Performance

In addition to social membership, this membership option allows access to closed training sessions, as well as consideration for the high performance teams. You will be provided with kit and transportation to tournaments.



This membership option is a performance membership for the entire year. It is only available for a discounted rate in Michaelmas.

Competitions at a Glance

Club History

13 July 1968

Bob Dyke and Ray Vawdon of Australia create the South Sydney Touch Football Club. The first official game is played in Australia in 1969.

1985 - 1991

The Federation of International Touch (FIT) is founded in 1985 and organises the first World Cup in 1991. 

2003 - 2004

England wins the 2003 Rugby World Cup and provides a development grant to Oxford University Rugby Football Club (OURFC). OURFC uses the grant to create a Touch Cuppers. 

2015 - 2018

OURFC Touch forms as a sub-committee under OURFC in 2015 and hosts the first Varsity matches against Cambridge in 2018.


Touch Rugby joins the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) calendar for the 2022-2023 season.   

9 June 2023

The Vice-Chancellor and Proctors authorise the Oxford University Touch Rugby Club (OUTRC) as a separate and independent club from OURFC. 

16th October 2023

25th November 2023

Oxford University elevates Touch Rugby to Half Blue status. 

Oxford University enters a second team, the Orcas, into an official BUCS fixture. 

Past Presidents

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