News - Europe

Touch launches in Bulgaria

14 Nov 2019 @ 21:50 UTC

The rapid global expansion of Touch continues with Bulgaria the latest member nation to affiliate with the Federation of International Touch (FIT), says Stefan Doychev from Bulgaria Touch.

Combined British and Irish team to tour South Africa

8 Nov 2019 @ 7:00 UTC

Higher representative honours will be an added incentive for competitors at the 2020 European Championships.

TWC2019 - Divisional Preview - Women's Open

29 Apr 2019 @ 6:00 UTC

In our second instalment, we look at the Women's Open division, and assess who has improved and who will spoil the party for a medal contender.

TWC2019 - Divisional Preview - Mixed Open

28 Apr 2019 @ 22:00 UTC

Who will win the medals? Who are the big improvers? Our correspondents have interviewed sources on every continent to make our bold predictions

BBC to cover Touch World Cup 2019 in Malaysia

26 Apr 2019 @ 6:00 UTC

The 2019 Touch World Cup being held in Putrajaya, Malaysia from 29 April will be extensively covered by BBC Sport

England Touch Hand Out a Lesson

9 Jan 2019 @ 0:00 UTC

England Touch is increasing its work in schools going into 2019 as part of the Association’s strategy to grow Touch among young players.

ETA Goes to Prison

2 Jan 2019 @ 0:00 UTC

England Touch and Koi Sports CIC have announced a ground-breaking project to use Touch to help the rehabilitation of prisoners back into mainstream society.

Reflections from the Top

13 Jul 2018 @ 0:00 UTC

Gregg Cropper is just over 6 months into the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for England Touch, the first paid role in the association’s history and the first National Touch Association, outside Australia and New Zealand, to appoint a paid member of staff. Amidst the frantic planning for the upcoming European Touch Championships, Gregg took some time out to reflect on his new role, and what the ETA has achieved so far this year.

New Chief Operating Officer appointed at England Touch

2 Jan 2018 @ 2:38 UTC

England Touch has appointed Gregg Cropper as its new Chief Operating Officer, the first fully paid executive position in the Association’s history.

England expanding schools program

16 Sep 2017 @ 0:40 UTC

England will expand its schools program over the coming academic year.

Swedish Touch on the Move

4 Sep 2017 @ 12:05 UTC

This summer, Ireland hosted the Junior European Touch Championship in Dublin. On that occasion, Sweden Touch sent their first ever team to participate to an international tournament, flying an u15 team with 13 kids to compete against the other European countries. It was a major step in the fledgling nation's development.

2018 Euros

1 Nov 2016 @ 13:48 UTC

England Touch are delighted to have been informed their extensive bid to host the 2018 European Touch Championships has been successful.

2016 Middle East Touch Champs

19 Oct 2016 @ 6:23 UTC

This Friday 21st October, the 3rd Middle East Touch Championships is taking place at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches. The draw has been released and can be found on the event's website. The event is free to all spectators.

England Touch: Cream of the Crop!

8 Aug 2016 @ 9:00 UTC

England Touch sent 9 teams to compete in the European Touch Championships at Les Quennevais, Jersey, finishing with 6 gold medals and 3 silver medals.

Good Looking Roosters

19 Dec 2015 @ 9:51 UTC

Touch Roosters 91 are pleased to announce the 11th edition of the "Touch In Paris" tournament scheduled on Saturday the 14th of May 2016 at Parc des Sports Michel Pelchat in Gif-sur-Yvette (91190), France.

Condolences to Touch France

18 Nov 2015 @ 6:08 UTC

On behalf of the Federation of International Touch Board Members and all NTA's, we were all devastated and in a state of disbelief to see and hear the horror of the events unfolding in Paris over the weekend.

New Partnerships for Wales' All School Touch Championships

22 Oct 2015 @ 13:15 UTC

Following the ground-breaking success of the inaugural All Schools Touch Championships (ASTC) held in July 2015, a new partnership has been announced to ensure that pupils throughout Wales are able to play in high-quality Touch events.

Junior Touch Championships 2016 to take place in The Netherlands

21 Oct 2015 @ 4:05 UTC

The 2016 Junior Touch Championships will be hosted by the Netherlands between 19-21 August 2016.

Happy Birthday Berlin!

8 Oct 2015 @ 6:29 UTC

Like all great achievements throughout mankind, it all starts with just an idea.

2015 ETA Nationals Bigger & Better

25 Sep 2015 @ 12:21 UTC

The weather in Cambridge didn’t disappoint as regional teams travelled from across the country to take part in the annual England Touch National Championships event .. and what an event it was!

Junior Touch Championships 2015

25 Sep 2015 @ 12:15 UTC

The 22nd of August 2015 was to mark an historic moment in European Touch as youngsters gathered from across 7 Nations to represent their country and take part in the first stand alone Junior Touch Championships

Wales Link With WRU

15 Sep 2015 @ 11:52 UTC

The Board of the WTA is pleased to announce a new ‘Development Partnership’ between the WTA and WRU Touch for 2016 season and beyond.

2015 Middle East Touch Champs

24 Aug 2015 @ 8:10 UTC

Middle East Touch is proud to bring the 2015 Middle East Touch Champs to Abu Dhabi, over the period 22-23 October 2015.

Spree Cup Berlin 2015

13 Jul 2015 @ 9:04 UTC

The Touch Berlin Bears hosted their first tournament and nine touch football teams, from all around Germany followed the invitation.

Irish Touch Partner with IRFU

10 Jul 2015 @ 10:43 UTC

The Irish Touch Association (ITA) has announced a partnership with the IRFU which will result in the sharing of knowledge and resources to increase participation in the game of Touch.

2016 European Touch Championships

30 Jun 2015 @ 7:51 UTC

The European Federation of Touch (EFT) is pleased to confirm that the 2016 European Touch Championships will be hosted by Jersey, over the period 7th - 10th July 2016.

2015 Middle East Touch Champs

18 Jun 2015 @ 11:05 UTC

Middle East Touch is proud to bring the 2015 Middle East Touch Champs to Abu Dhabi, over the period 22-23 October 2015.

Berlin Blitz Cologne Cup

16 Jun 2015 @ 11:37 UTC

The German Championship continued in Cologne at the weekend, with Touch Berlin proving unbeatable and going on to take the Cologne Cup title for this year.

Fluffy Dragons Breath Fire on the Capital

2 Jun 2015 @ 13:33 UTC

The first installment of the German National championships, the Capital Cup, took place last week, with Frankfurt drawing first blood in the championships with a nail-biting 7-6 victory over Strasbourg; whilst the Fluffy Dragons from Den Haag took overall event honours on the back of a comprehensive 7-2 victory over JGA in the Final.

England to host JTC2015

1 Jun 2015 @ 12:02 UTC

England Touch are pleased to announce they have been selected to host the 2015 Junior Touch Championships, over the weekend of August 22/23, at Nottingham University,

TWC2015 .. By the Numbers!

28 May 2015 @ 11:12 UTC

With the 2015 FIT World Cup Open finals about to be shown on prime time TV networks in Australia this weekend, what better time to release the overall results and statistics from this record breaking event for all our member nations to enjoy.

2015 Touch in Paris (TIP) Goes High Tech!

28 May 2015 @ 10:36 UTC

Ever wished you could get a birds-eye view of what's happening on the Touch field?

FIT Celebrates Inaugural Life Member

13 May 2015 @ 6:26 UTC

The Federation of International Touch is pleased to announce it's inuagural Life Member: Mr Cary Thompson.

Re-live the Touch World Cup Action!

5 May 2015 @ 12:30 UTC

Having the Post-TWC blues? Be sure to check out the official Touch World Cup 2015 and Federation of International Touch Youtube pages to re-live some of the best moments from the fantastic event over the weekend in Coffs Harbour!

Australia Retains World Cup

4 May 2015 @ 14:13 UTC

It was a near perfect day for the Australian teams on 2015 World Cup finals day at C.ex Coffs International Stadium; as the reigning champs from 'down under' claimed their 8th consecutive World Cup!

Vale - Mike Beard

29 Mar 2015 @ 12:20 UTC

It is with great sadness that England Touch has to announce the sudden and tragic death of Mike Beard, who unfortunately recently passed away in a bicycle accident.

TWC2015 Fantasy League

25 Mar 2015 @ 12:35 UTC

To celebrate the Touch World Cup 2015 in Australia – England Touch are running a Fantasy League across their squads competing in Coffs Harbour.

Chargers Keep Tradition Alive

17 Mar 2015 @ 12:15 UTC

Its Manchester in February, & for regulars to Charger’s Annual Touch tournament, rain and lots of mud is to be expected and this year didn’t disappoint. But the conditions didn’t deter teams from pulling on their thermals and showing off their close season skills for a shot at some silverware.

Donald, Where's Yer Troosers!?

16 Mar 2015 @ 8:24 UTC

Preparing for a World Cup assault is serious business; but the Scots have managed to mix a little pleasure with theirs, and have come up with a short video production for your viewing enjoyment.

TWC2015 Update

3 Oct 2014 @ 2:22 UTC

An incredible 84 teams have nominated from 21 Countries to attend the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup (2015 TWC) to be held in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia.

2015 World Cup Looms

31 Aug 2014 @ 8:55 UTC

800 games, 125 teams, 28 member nations ... 1 Touch World Cup!

TWC 2015 News

31 Aug 2014 @ 8:55 UTC

Recent information pertaining to the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup has just been released by both FIT, and host organisation, TFA.

International Touch Almanac

26 Aug 2014 @ 11:33 UTC

Have you ever wondered who is the most capped player in international history? How many touchdowns you have scored playing for your country? Or what was the highest score in the last World Cup? All that info - and more - is available in Thompson's Almanac ... online right here!

ETA Announce 2014 Euro Squads

27 Jul 2014 @ 1:55 UTC

After the biggest national squad selection day to date, rigorous training sessions and one of the hardest selections in the associations history, the England Touch High Performance team and elite coaches have announced players for the upcoming 2014 European Touch championships.

Goosebumps in Vienna

27 Jul 2014 @ 1:55 UTC

On what might have been the coldest day of Spring in 2014 — May 3rd — the 6th International Vienna Touch Tournament took place in Austria. Six teams and twelve full-time referees braved the elements and froze through a fun and eventful day in Vienna. Tumeke from England - who remained unbeaten in the tournament - claimed the trophy after the final against the Buda-Mix Team from Hungary. The 3rd/4th place play off was won by the hosts - Lokomotive Vienna — over their long-time sparring partner ,Touch Muenchen. a hHighlight of the tournament was a match up between the 12 full-time referees vs. the Vienna A-Team (with supporters) in the fight for the wooden spoon — bravely refereed by Tom from Tumeke and Randy from Touch Muenchen. In a very unexpected turn of events the Referees Team did manage to beat a shocked A-Team, claiming fifth place in the tournament. Despite the icy breeze it was a great atmosphere, & games were played in a competitive but friendly spirit which left all teams and referees satisfied. The referees were guided through the tournament by referee coaches Derek Fisher and Nick Richardson. and by the end of the day two badge upgrades were awarded.

European Champs Update

27 Jul 2014 @ 1:52 UTC

The European Federation of Touch has recently released it's latest memo - clarifying the structure of each playing division at the forthcoming European Touch Champs.

Euro Teams Locked In

8 Jul 2014 @ 13:51 UTC

Entries are now confirmed* for the 2014 European Touch Championships, with 27 Open teams taking to the Touch fields of the Swansea University Sports Village in Wales over the period 7-10th August.

2015 FIT Touch World Cup Event Overview

15 May 2014 @ 9:33 UTC

Please find enclosed the event overview for the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup (2015 TWC), aligned with the attached Expression of Interest (EOI) form of which we are seeking a response by Wednesday, 11 December, 2013.

Touch on TV

10 Apr 2014 @ 8:48 UTC

Touch made it's way onto Europe's Setanta TV channel recently, in what is believed to be a first for the northern hemisphere.

New FIT Positions

10 Apr 2014 @ 8:48 UTC

The Federation of International Touch (FIT) is the executive body for Touch globally and manages all aspects of the sport. One of the key areas of responsibilities for FIT is to improve the ongoing development of all female participants, including players, coaches, and referees; and another is to improve the ongoing development of all players at all stages of development. Introducing and developing Touch for children and youth is regarded by FIT as essential for the expansion and continuity of the sport.

Europe's Biggest Mixed Tournament Chargers Ahead

27 Feb 2014 @ 14:10 UTC

If proof was needed that Touch is an exploding sport across the UK, the fifth annual Manchester Touch Championships was it. Twenty four (24) teams made their way from all four corners of the country to William Hulme Grammar School, to firstly pitch their tent and secondly try and stake their claim to a piece of silverware. Hosted by Manchester Chargers, this year's competition was the biggest mixed division club competition in Europe, with teams competing in five divisions — men's, women's and three mixed (Premiership, Championship and Division 1).

ETA Calling Educators

18 Feb 2014 @ 13:37 UTC

With the growth of Touch across the country and the new U18 development squad recently announced, England Touch is taking the next steps to develop a Schools Touch programme and they need your help.

Manchester Launches 2014 Season

9 Feb 2014 @ 14:05 UTC

Although we've not yet reached the end of 2013, teams across Europe are alread looking forward to the start of the 2014 Touch season with the 5th Annual Manchester Touch Championships, to be held on Saturday, 22nd Frebruary.This tournament has proven to be a great start to the season for the past few years and is a great way for teams to blow off the winter cobwebs and get back on the field. The tournament has previously attracted Scottish, Welsh, Swiss, & Spanish national teams, as well regional sides from England. Ireland have also entered the forthcoming event, and there has been an EOI from an Italian side too.

FIT Playing Rules (Fourth Edition)

8 Feb 2014 @ 11:29 UTC

The Federation of International Touch is pleased to release the fourth edition of the FIT Playing Rules, as a direct result of the hard work and dedication of the 2010 and 2012 PlayingRules Sub Committees.

2015 World Cup Lands in Coffs

20 Dec 2013 @ 10:43 UTC

Touch Football Australia is pleased to announce that Coffs Harbour, NSW, will host the prestigious 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) Touch World Cup.

England Heats up in the Cold!

5 Dec 2013 @ 13:42 UTC

Ever wondered what national teams get get up to in camp? Well, last weekend - whilst the southern hemisphere welcomed in the summer months - things were also heating up over in the UK, as England's elite all met in Chester for their first "Team England" training session for the 2013/2014 season ... and it was all about fun and lots of fitness.

A Touch of Hope!

4 Dec 2013 @ 13:45 UTC

Luxembourg's fastest growing sport has been making great strides in one of the toughest places in the country thanks to a project launched by a young teacher.

Europe Launch Junior Refs Academy

5 Nov 2013 @ 12:25 UTC

The European Referee Commission is pleased to announce the introduction of the Junior Referee Academy. This initiative will attempt to introduce refereeing Touch to young adults and teens looking forward to the Junior European Championships 2014.

ETA's National Squad Selection Day a Hit!

2 Oct 2013 @ 8:08 UTC

England continues to ramp up it's Elite program, recently conducting the largest trial for their national teams (in the form of a mini-Nationals tournament) in the UK's history.

2013 Brett Barclay Cup

26 Sep 2013 @ 4:35 UTC

In memory of Brett Barclay, founder of the ACC Touch Club, the Austrian Touch League, and co-founder of Touch Austria, teams from all over Central Europe came to Austria to contest for the title of Brett Barclay Cup Champion 2013 on a very warm and sunny day in September.

VALE Dennis Coffey

15 Sep 2013 @ 3:15 UTC

On behalf of FIT and its members, I announce with a very heavy heart the passing of Dennis Coffey, Secretary General of the Federation of International Touch.

The Old Dart Needs You!

11 Aug 2013 @ 10:35 UTC

England Touch Association is continuing their focus of development of the sport across the country, and have in place a number of new vacancies and initiatives to take the game forward.The following positions are currently up for grabs within the ETA:

2013 Lausanne International Touch Tournament

25 Jul 2013 @ 11:53 UTC

The Lausanne Lakers are proud to announce their inaugural'International Touch Tournament' to be held on August 31st, involving no less than 20 international teams, against the backdrop of the French Alps.

Glasgow Community Champion

28 Jun 2013 @ 8:30 UTC

The Federation of International Touch congratulates Scotland's Victor Francisco Suarez, who has been awarded the Glasgow Evening Times Community Champion Award for Sport, for all the work he has done, and continues to do, developing Touch in Glasgow.

England Claim Home Nations!

28 Jun 2013 @ 1:05 UTC

England have taken out the 2013 Home Nations tournament, held in Dublin, Ireland, claiming 6 of the 8 titles on offer. Wales - who finished 2nd overall - took the spoils in the Womens; whilst Scotland claimed the MXO.

Squirrels Take Out Touch in Paris

27 May 2013 @ 8:14 UTC

The 8th edition of Touch in Paris was held on Saturday the 18th May at Gif sur Yvette. Hosted by the local club, Roosters, the tournament was a great success despite the wet weather.

2013 Capital Cup Another Success!

8 May 2013 @ 14:23 UTC

Blue skies, perfect weather and 16 teams from all over Europe graced this year's Capital Cup as defending champions The Inglorious Basterds won the 2013 Grand Final with a 5-1 victory over Courant d'R from Paris.

Taipans and Sharks go Back to Back at ETA Nationals

20 Apr 2013 @ 0:58 UTC

The England Touch Association's recent 2013 National Championships saw the South East Taipans (Men's), the South East Sharks (Women's), and the Northern Monkeys (Masters) crowned as National Champions of their respective divisions.Well done to the Taipans and Sharks for successfully defending their titles, and congratulations to the Northern Monkeys, who won the inaugural Masters series 2-1 after a thrilling drop-off encounter in a nail-biting game 3 decider!The ETA would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who contributed to the organisation of the championships, Bolton School for providing a superb venue, the England Touch medical teams, and the referees. A successful tournament wouldn't have been possible without your contribution!

Welsh Launch National tournament

20 Apr 2013 @ 0:38 UTC

Wales Touch Association are pleased to announce that their inaugural National Championships will be held in April 2013. Six regions will compete in Mens, Womens and Mixed open categories.

Beach Touch in Barcelona!

29 Mar 2013 @ 5:49 UTC

The Federation of International Touch is pleased to announce the incorporation of Touch into this year's Barcelona Beach Festival; to be held over the period 14-15th June 2013 in Sitges/Vilanova i La Geltrú, a lovely village located on the spanish Costa Brava (only 25 minutes from the heart of Barcelona).

ETA Nationals Postponed!

22 Mar 2013 @ 13:39 UTC

The upcoming England Touch Association's 2013 Touch Nationals will showcase the best of Touch from each region in England. ETA elite squad staff will also be present at the champiosnhips and will use the tournament as a basis for player selection to the Open, Senior and Masters squads for the forthcoming Home Nations tournament.

Alpago in Touch 2013

21 Mar 2013 @ 13:25 UTC

Italia Touch proudly presents "Alpago in Touch 2013" - on Saturday May 25th - a Mixed Open tournament for clubs; played in the Dolomiti mountains, close to the beach of Santa Croce Lake, in Puos d'Alpago near Belluno, Italy.

Touch in Paris? Oui, Oui!

20 Feb 2013 @ 12:07 UTC

French Club, TR91, have released details of the teams registered for their 2013 Gif-sur-Yvette Touch Tournament. The annual "Touch in Paris" tournament, which is entering it's 8th year and attracts a myriad of teams from across the european continent, is arguably the most popular club competition in Europe.

Europe's Biggest Club Tournament!

19 Jan 2013 @ 10:58 UTC

Manchester are once again holding their season-opening February tournament, to take place on Saturday 23rd February. The tournament has Men's, Women's and Mixed divisions and has attracted teams from all over Europe (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Switzerland) for its 4th annual Touch-fest.

FIT Welcomes New President

14 Jan 2013 @ 3:21 UTC

It is with pleasure that the Federation of International Touch (FIT) announces the appointment of Erick Acker (France) as FIT President through until AGM 2015, as well as the appointment of two new FIT Board Directors: Mel Mallam from Switzerland (legal and international sport expertise) and Angela Calder from Australia (sport development and international sport expertise).

Seasons Greetings from FIT

7 Jan 2013 @ 10:24 UTC

The Federation of International Touch (FIT) would like to extend its warmest seasons greetings to all across the globe. May this festive season be all that you deserve - filled with fun, laughter, and precious family memories.

International Technical Development

7 Jan 2013 @ 10:19 UTC

A recent focus for FIT is a greater emphasis on global technical development, and during 2012 the FIT Coaching Commission was established to meet the "coaching" need. Mr Peter McNeven was appointed as Chair of that Commission.

England Touch on the Go!

28 Dec 2012 @ 11:45 UTC

Whilst many associations seem to have wound down somewhat over the festive season, England Touch are gearing up for a massive year ahead in 2013.

ETA Launch 2013 Nationals

28 Dec 2012 @ 11:34 UTC

England Touch are proud to announce their 2nd annual National Touch Tournament. This is a 2 day tournament where regional sides will compete for the national title, whilst forming the basis for player development and pathway leading to National Squad selection.

England Claim Euro's Crown!

28 Dec 2012 @ 11:33 UTC

Thirty seven teams took to the Lancenigo Sports Complex, Treviso, Italy over the period 10th to 16th September 2012, to contest the Federation of International Touch's 8th European Touch Championships (ETC2012) - and after days of intense competition England have emerged to claim the title as overall European champions.

England Confident Ahead of Euros

7 Sep 2012 @ 11:09 UTC

Most competing nations have named their squads, and the air is filled with a competitive buzz. Sporting excitement has reached astronomic levels over the Olympics, and yet there's another major event on the calendar — the 8th European Touch Championships in Treviso, Italy, from 12th to 16th September.This year's England team members have been through the toughest selection process to date. A new 'nationals' scheme was trialed this year, offering more development within the regions and a weekend of competition for the selectors to pick the strongest possible squads. England is the only nation to enter teams in all divisions, showing their dedication and development to all categories. Now the English domestic season is over all focus is on the finishing touches of the elite squads. There's one last weekend of 'team bonding' at Lilleshall for all squads, where policies will be practiced and moves polished before getting on the plane to Italy, in a bid to reclaim their title as European Champions. With 49 teams from 15 nations, the 2012 Euro's are gearing up to be as exciting as ever."The England squad for the 2012 European Championships is the strongest ever to have been assembled. The National tournament in April proved that the strength and depth of Touch in England continues to grow year-on-year and all the coaches and backroom staff are hugely excited by the opportunity to demonstrate the talent we have on the international stage. Every team is genuinely capable of winning their division, and with final preparations underway I would like to wish all our athletes the best of success; with the effort and application they have demonstrated, they deserve it." says England Touch Head of Elite Coaching, Dave Woolley.FIT wishes the best of luck to all nations! and would love to hear how other nations' preparations are coming along.

FIT Continues Global Expansion!

5 Sep 2012 @ 6:50 UTC

The Federation of International Touch has pleasure in advising that the following countries have been approved as official Federation members: Argentina, China, Chinese Taipei, Luxembourg, Portugal, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu and also Mauritius as an Associate Member.

Malaysia Make Mark on International Stage

5 Sep 2012 @ 6:49 UTC

The first National Malaysian Development Tournament was staged at the Equestrian Park Putrajaya recently, involving 26 teams across 5 divisions, and not only unveiled Malaysian club Scorpion Putrajaya as a rising force in the game, but also highlighted Malaysia's potential as a world-class host of the sport.

Berlin claim 2012 Bembel Cup!

3 Sep 2012 @ 12:07 UTC

Touch Berlin were crowned winners of the 2012 Bembel Cup after beating Lausanne 6-5 in Saturday's final on September 1. Berlin took an experienced side down to Hessen and it made a difference in what was the final tournament as a Berliner for club president Jordi Bitlloch. In the final, a stand out display by former Touch Deutschland president Rob McGregor produced three touch downs, with a few assists and two touch downs from Jordi, to make made sure the Bembel Cup headed to the capital. En route to the final, Berlin got off to a good start in their group with a 9-2 win over Hamburg before Munich were beaten 4-3 in a tight game. Swiss newcomers Lausanne were then dispatched 5-3, while in the final group game Berlin saw off hosts Frankfurt 5-3. In the semi-final, Dutch side Den Haag were beaten 5-2 to put Berlin in the Grand Final.

Touch Deutschland Sweep the Cash

15 Aug 2012 @ 7:42 UTC

Sportscover's desire to assist community sports led to the creation of the Sportscover Sponsorship Fund (SSF) as an avenue to sponsor a wide variety of amateur sports men and women, striving to achieve sporting greatness across a broad cross-section of sports. Touch Deutschland was one such lucky recipient, and will receive US$750 (or local equivalent).

Scots Grow Their Own!

30 Jul 2012 @ 14:14 UTC

Scottish Touch is leading the way in Europe in coach education. The STA has just delivered Europe's first 'home-grown' FIT-accredited coaching course, with 10 coaches from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling receiving their Level One qualifications last weekend (June 23 and 24).

2012 Scottish Nationals

17 Jul 2012 @ 14:14 UTC

The STA has announced that the 2012 Scottish National Championships will be held at Falkirk Rugby Club on 4 August. Regional squads from across Scotland will battle each other for the national title.

Touch Deutschland Launch New Logo

15 Jun 2012 @ 13:25 UTC

Touch Deutschland is proud to announce their new logo, marking a new beginning for Touch in Germany.

Lucas von Hoff Award

12 Jun 2012 @ 9:31 UTC

The European Referee Panel is proud to formally announce the launch of the Lucas Von Hoff Award. The award recognises exceptional contribution made to the development of Touch referees in Europe. It will be presented for the first time at the 2012 European Championships and bi-annually thereafter (at subsequent Euros).

Wales Touch Launch New Identity / Logo

8 Jun 2012 @ 9:17 UTC

The Wales Touch Association (WTA) is proud to launch their new logo. Having survived successfully for some years under our old identity, we felt that a new, more vibrant and dynamic identity was required to lift the WTA to renewed and deserved levels within the Touch community. Having approached Gareth Hughes, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the Graphic Communication MA at the University of Glamorgan's School of Creative and Cultural Industries, Cardiff, for branding advice and guidance on this issue, we proceeded to formulate our new face for the WTA.Having many offshoots to the main identity proved problematic at first with new names and appropriate entry levels being analysed and created to give the WTA more of a young to old participation appeal and higher recognition to the game. After various visualisations of potential identities, one struck favour amongst all and the new face for WTA was found. The use of the dragon's head encompassing the ball as a mouthpiece seemed to epitomise the passion and speed of the sport and, linked to the WTA typography which was kept in lower case to deformalise the association and make it more approachable, seemed to gell perfectly.The three associated sub brands that arrived alongside the new dragon WTA logo all related to the flame aspect used in the new logo, with the Junior Sector being Sparks Touch and the Youth Sector being Inferno Touch. This building of passion and drive was echoed in the visual approached for each sector building to nuclear pitch with the Fast Touch Sector aptly named Atomic Touch. Colours used are patriotic and passionate with deep & bright reds and oranges merging in all four identities.Homage was paid to our old identity repeating the dragon's tail wrapped ball element in all four identities to hopefully retain historical flavours and to avoid confusion to our already successful fan base.The WTA will be migrating its current documentation and imagery to the new corporate branding over the coming period. So, keep an eye out for the WTA logo coming soon to a tournament near you!

England National Squads

1 Jun 2012 @ 11:23 UTC

After much debate, and the highest class of triallist seen to date, England Touch Association is proud to announce their 2012 Nationals Squads.

New FIT Board Appointed

11 May 2012 @ 13:14 UTC

The Federation of International Touch is pleased to announce the appoinment of their Board for the year going forward, following the 2011 annual General Meeting this week.

Manchester Chargers Invitational

11 May 2012 @ 13:12 UTC

Due to popular demand, Manchester Chargers again ran their Annual (3rd) 'Invitational Touch Tournament'. It was the biggest and best yet, even if they do say so themselves! Teams travelled from as far away as Switzerland and Spain to be part of what they're calling 'The Biggest Club Touch Tournament in Europe", even the Manchester weather played on their side!The event tied in nicely for the newly created regional teams to have some good competition before heading towards the nationals in April. A Social Mixed competition ran along side the Men's and Women's comp too, so there was something for everyone!There was some great dynamic and skilful Touch on display in the men's, women's and mixed competitions and the numerous nail-biting drop-offs ramped up the excitement too!Thanks to the University of Huddersfield Physiotherapy department for being on hand and for your hard work and professionalism. All involved in the competition have commented on how invaluable your service were to both the players and the referees. We hope that you enjoyed the day and that it proved to be good experience for your students physiotherapy training.

2012 ETA Nationals

28 Apr 2012 @ 7:48 UTC

England Touch has announced a new format for developing Touch in England: the launch of an annual 2 day National Touch Tournament and the formation of 7 new regional franchises as part of it's player development pathway leading to National Squad selection.

2012 CISX Channel Islands Championship

9 Feb 2012 @ 13:37 UTC

The 2012 CISX Channel Islands' Championship will take place on 23rd & 24th June and Guernsey Touch would like to invite teams from across Europe to take part in what is always a great weekend of competitive touch as well as the usual off the field fun!

Italy Embrace New Look, New Name, and New Opportunities

4 Feb 2012 @ 8:09 UTC

Italia Touch was founded in 2007 and already boasts close to a 1000 players and supporters in Italy. There are around 22 full time teams and a host of social and park sides. Italian teams have participated in two European championships and one World Cup. Touch in Italy is a fast growing sport which has attracted the interest of old and young alike. Recent programs in schools all over Italy have led to a growth in the number of young players.

Touch Europe Launch Online Presence

4 Feb 2012 @ 8:01 UTC

The European Federation of Touch (aka: Touch Europe) website has now gone 'live' - giving the european nations their own online portal for ll things Touch related in the region.

FIT Communication Survey

30 Jan 2012 @ 9:48 UTC

The FIT Board is reviewing a number of policies & procedures in coming weeks and we ask for your feedback on communications.

Aussies Are World Cup Champs!

30 Jan 2012 @ 9:15 UTC

The 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup has concluded in Edinburgh, Scotland, with Australia claiming the World Cup with wins in the Mens Open, Womens Open, Mixed Open, Mens 30's & Mens 35's. New Zealand claimed the Mens 40's & Senior Mixed; whilst England took the W30's.

2011 European Club Touch Championships

27 Nov 2011 @ 10:41 UTC

The inaugural Federation of International Touch 2011 European Club Touch Championships (ECTC2011) will be conducted in Treviso, Italy during the period 23 — 25 September 2011. European Member countries are invited to encourage affiliated Clubs to participate in the tournament, with the objective to identify the inaugural 2011 European Champion Club Team in Mixed Open & Mens 35s divisions.

The Evolution of Touch

27 Nov 2011 @ 10:41 UTC

Touch - the sport for all, is a worldwide phenomenon based on participant skill and teamwork, with a degree of fitness thrown in at the elite level. But where did it all start, and how has the game changed over time in comparison to it's early cousins in the other football codes?

Jersey Launch New Site

27 Nov 2011 @ 10:40 UTC

Jersey Touch is pleased to announce the launch of their new website - hoping it provides you with all the latest information you require on Touch in Jersey.

FIT Calendar Survey

21 Nov 2011 @ 13:00 UTC

The Federation of International Touch (FIT) kindly requests that nations please complete the 'FIT EVENT — CALENDAR' survey either by responding with your comments in the attached PDF file and returning the file to Dennis Coffey (Secretary general) OR by undertaking the online survey available at this address:

2011 European Coaching Project

5 Jul 2011 @ 11:46 UTC

The development of European coaches continues this year, with FIT Secretary General & coaching guru, Dennis Coffey, once again trekking across the continent conducting courses and upskilling coaching course presenters. The first course of the current tour saw a Level 2 Course held in Vienna, Austria.

Gif-Sur-Yvette L1 Coach Course

26 Jun 2011 @ 11:49 UTC

Touch France continued on the path of technical development with the delivery of a L1 coaching course at Gif-Sur-Yvette in the south of Paris on the weekend 20 April-01 May 2011.

Touch on Web TV

26 Jun 2011 @ 11:47 UTC

Touch in Italy has exposed itself to a new audience, via the new web TV portal - OVAL BIN - a multimedia portal for all oval ball sports, treated in a new and fresh way. The site will be a reference point for all those passionate "oval ball" sport supporters who are passionate to know more, beyond what standard sport news usually reports.

World Cup Takes Centre Stage!

26 Jun 2011 @ 11:46 UTC

The 2011 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup kicked into action today with the action fast & furious across all divisions, and arguably some upsets amongst the first round of matches.

World Cup Looms ..

22 Jun 2011 @ 10:25 UTC

The 2011 FIT World Cup is just under 3 weeks away - and the action is hotting up across the globe as all competing nations finalise preperations for the largest international Touch event on the planet.

World Cup Update 28.05.11

5 Jun 2011 @ 11:50 UTC

Please note there have been changes to the MO and WO Divisions since V4.0 of the Tournament Structure and Competition Draw — the latest (final) version is attached.

WC Selections

5 Jun 2011 @ 11:45 UTC

The build up to the 2011 World Cup in Scotland continues, with England and Scotland finalising and naming their representative teams to fly the flag in Edinburgh.

World Cup Tournament Structure and Draw

5 Jun 2011 @ 11:45 UTC

The 2011 Federation of International (FIT) Touch World Cup will see 92 teams,from 28 countries, take to the field in the pursuit of global dominance over the period 20-26th June, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Whilst the 3 Open divisions showcase the event, the World Cup will be contested across 7 divisions in total, and will see 439 games played across the 5 day tournament.

World Cup There for the Taking

13 May 2011 @ 8:27 UTC

The 2011 FIT World Cup is now only four months away, and the action is hotting up across respective nations as they prep for the ultimate global showdown. Whilst a lot of focus will be on the premier Open divisions, the absence of noted powerhouses, Australia & New Zealand, in other divisions will see the competition thrown right open .. with an opportunity for the overal World Cup to perhaps be 'stolen' away by another competitor.

Newest FIT Member 'Hungary' for Success

13 May 2011 @ 8:26 UTC

In 2009, just two years ago and at the age of 19, GödöllÅ''s Jeannette Balint joined the newly formed St. Istvans University women's Rugby team in Hungary. To get the girls used to playing with the oval ball (a weird shape that was different from the more common round one found throughout European countries), the University Rugby coach also entered the team in the Hungarian National Touch championships, & Jeannette quickly proved to be a natural at both sporting codes.

Touch in Paris!

8 Apr 2011 @ 9:19 UTC

With a lot of focus on the elite level, and the forthcoming FIT World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland, one could be forgiven for being distracted away from the many great things still happening at the lower echelons of our sport. The annual "Touch in Paris" tournament is one such event.

FIT Referee Panel

20 Mar 2011 @ 1:59 UTC

The Federation of International Touch (FIT) is now calling for nominations to the FIT Referee Panel. The term of appointment will be for four (4) years. The respective appointment period commences post World Cup e.g. from TWC2011 in June 2011 and extends through to TWC2015 in Australia in 2015.

2015 World Cup heads Down Under

9 Feb 2011 @ 11:22 UTC

The Federation of International Touch is pleased to announce that the 2015 (FIT) World Cup will be held in Australia.

England Touch Launch New Web Presence

9 Feb 2011 @ 11:20 UTC

England Touch are pleased to announce the launch of their new website - containing a host of informative features from England Touch events to game play strategies.

Scots Steal Historical Win

24 Jan 2011 @ 9:26 UTC

It was the first Test match on Asian soil for either combatant, and also the first stand alone Test for Scotland since 2004, but with confidence riding high from their recent European Championships win, the Scots stamped their class on the international arena with an emphatic 8-1 win over Singapore Mens Open last weekend.