Within the objective of global sport development the Federation encourages, coordinates and regulates the conduct of international competition both at the elite and social levels. There are various levels of competition involving various levels of participation and this policy identifies the classification of various events and specifies the administrative, financial and logistic requirements for each of those levels.
The Federation requires that appropriate standards are met in the delivery of any competition or activity involving international competition in the sport of Touch. International competition is defined as any competitive activity involving more than one Member country.
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Event Classification Policy: Updated 18 February 2012.
The Recognised Playing Divisions Policy identifies the age groups that may be contested in international competition.
The table below shows the eligibility dates for the next 5 years.
|Under 18||born on or after||1st Jan 2002||1st Jan 2003||1st Jan 2004||1st Jan 2005||1st Jan 2006|
|Under 20||born on or after||1st Jan 2000||1st Jan 2001||1st Jan 2002||1st Jan 2003||1st Jan 2004|
|Over 27||born on or before||31st Dec 1992||31st Dec 1993||31st Dec 1994||31st Dec 1995||†|
|Over 30||born on or before||31st Dec 1989||31st Dec 1990||31st Dec 1991||31st Dec 1992||31st Dec 1993|
|Over 35||born on or before||31st Dec 1984||31st Dec 1985||31st Dec 1986||31st Dec 1987||31st Dec 1988|
|Over 40||born on or before||31st Dec 1979||31st Dec 1980||31st Dec 1981||31st Dec 1982||31st Dec 1983|
|Over 45||born on or before||31st Dec 1974||31st Dec 1975||31st Dec 1976||31st Dec 1977||31st Dec 1978|
|Over 50||born on or before||31st Dec 1969||31st Dec 1970||31st Dec 1971||31st Dec 1972||31st Dec 1973|
† the Women's 27 category will be reviewed after the 2023 Touch World Cup.
Global or international competition for national representative teams of Member countries in Open or Senior Divisions.
Example: Open or Senior World Cup
Global or international competition for national representative teams of Member countries in Youth or Junior Divisions. Financial requirements will likely differ for Tier 1B Youth or Junior Events.
Examples: Youth or Junior World Cup Events.
Established, multinational Regional competition for national representative teams of Member countries in Open, Senior or Youth Divisions. Financial requirements may differ for Tier 2A Youth or Junior Events.
Examples: Regional Federation Championships like the European Championships involving more than two Member countries.
Developmental, multi-national competition for national representative teams from Member countries and/or Developing Nations in Open, Senior or Youth Divisions.
Examples: European Mainland Cup, Benelux Cup, Home Nations, an Asian Tri‐Nation series.
Established bilateral competition between national representative teams from two Member countries in Open, Senior or Youth Divisions.
Example: Trans Tasman series between Australia and New Zealand.
Developmental, bilateral competition between national representative teams from two Member countries and/or Developing Nations in Open, Senior or Youth Divisions.
Examples: Inaugural Germany vs Austria cross‐border challenge or the initial series between England and France.
Tier 3B also includes competition between any national representative team (touring or hosting) from one Member country and a team from another Member country / or Developing Nation other than a national representative team.
Examples: Competition between a touring National team and a district team or a hosting National team and a touring development squad.
World Club Championships or Regional Championships International Club competitions. This tier also includes World Schools Championships.
Major or Regional club competitions, with more than twenty (20) registered teams, with non‐national teams from more than one Member country and at which 50% or more of competing teams are international teams.
All other international competitions administered, fostered and conducted outside the framework of the Federation and whose objectives are aligned with those of the Federation.
Examples: World Masters Games, Regional University Games or South Pacific Games.
Domestic Tournaments are run by Member Nations and fall outside of the FIT Event Classification Policy.