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  1. What are the European Touch Rugby Championships?

    In the European Championships, games are played over two 20-minute halves with a 5-minute half time. The pitch size is 70m x 50m.

    There are six players on the field at any time, with up to eight rolling substitutes available.

    Women's touch rugby
    Image caption: Nine women's teams will be taking part in the European Championships

    England is the best-represented nation at the European Championships, playing across all 10 categories in the tournament. France and Scotland have teams in eight of the 10 sections.

    England are defending champions in the men’s and women’s open categories and Scotland hold the mixed crown from two years go.

  2. How is touch played?

    Men's touch rugby
    Image caption: There are 11 teams in the men's tournament in Nottingham

    Touch rugby is a sport many people in Britain will have played or seen at one time or another.

    The touch is the equivalent of a tackle in rugby league. After a touch, the player in possession places the ball on the ground and steps over it.

    The referee’s decision is final on whether a player has been touched – there’s no VAR.

    The defending team takes possession after six touches. There are no scrums and no line-outs.

    A touchdown is scored by grounding the ball on or behind the try-line and that scores one point.

    Women's touch rugby
    Image caption: England are the defending champions in the women's tournament
  3. BBC Coverage

    Venue: Nottingham University

    Dates: 18-21 July

    Coverage: Wednesday 18 July: 10:00-19:00 BBC Sport website and app and connected TV

    Thursday 19 July: 09:00-19:00 BBC Sport website and app and connected TV

    Friday 20 July: 09:00-19:00 BBC Sport website and app and connected TV

    Saturday 21 July: 09:00-18:00 BBC Sport website and app and connected TV

  4. Get Inspired: How to get into Rugby

    Get Inspired


    Touch Rugby is a fast, skilful and action-packed team sport, played in a fun and sociable atmosphere, without any of the tackling you see in the traditional game.

    To stop the other team from scoring, you must touch the player with the ball on any part of the body or clothing.

    With mixed ability, age and gender teams, touch rugby really is all-inclusive. You can even play indoors when the weather's bad! Find out more by visiting Touch Rugby associations in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

    Watch a game overview from England Touch below.

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