NRL Touch Premiership

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NRL Touch Premiership
Current season or competition:
2019 NRL Touch Premiership Season
NRL Touch Premiership logo.svg
Sport Touch Football
Instituted 2018
Inaugural season 2018
Number of teams 8
Region Australia (TFA)
Premiers QLD Broncos (2018)
Most titles QLD Broncos (1 title)
Broadcast partner Fox League
Related competition National Touch League
National Rugby League

The NRL Touch Premiership is the premier national domestic touch football competition in Australia. It was formed in 2018, through a partnership between its governing body, Touch Football Australia (TFA), and the National Rugby League (NRL)[1]. The premiership includes a separate men's and women's competition, and features elite touch football players from around Australia, many of which are current Australian representatives.


Through the NRL Touch Football partnership between TFA and the NRL, a national elite touch football competition was proposed to commence in 2018. It was agreed to replace the existing Elite 8 division from the National Touch League, with an initial six teams being chosen to enter the new competition.[1]

The first season of the NRL Touch Premiership commenced with games in the first round played on May 18, 2018, at Sydney's Stadium Australia, and May 19, 2018, at Townsville's Willows Sports Complex, prior to the scheduled Round 11 games of the 2018 NRL season[2].


The inaugural teams aligned to existing NRL clubs consisted of three from Queensland (Broncos, Cowboys, and Titans) and three from New South Wales (Eels, Knights, and Tigers).[3] An expansion of the premiership was announced on October 5, 2018 to include the New Zealand Warriors[4], and followed on November 2, 2018 by an announcement that the Sydney Roosters would also field teams[5], bringing the total clubs to eight for the 2019 season.

Team NRL-aligned Club Home Venue Year Joined
QLD Cowboys North Queensland Cowboys Willows Sports Complex, Townsville 2018
QLD Broncos Brisbane Broncos Lang Park, Brisbane 2018
QLD Titans Gold Coast Titans Robina Stadium, Gold Coast 2018
Newcastle Knights Newcastle Knights Newcastle International Sports Centre, Newcastle 2018
Parramatta Eels Parramatta Eels Stadium Australia, Sydney 2018
Wests Tigers Wests Tigers Stadium Australia, Sydney 2018
NZ Warriors New Zealand Warriors Mount Smart Stadium 2019
Sydney Roosters Sydney Roosters Sydney Cricket Ground 2019


The NRL Touch Premiership is played under the standard touch football playing rules, as set by Touch Football Australia, with minor variations to accommodate venue and broadcast partnerships.[6]


Field of Play

The field size is slightly reduced to be 60 meters long by 48 meters wide. A standard-sized touch football field is 70 meters long by 50 meters wide.

Corner posts are located at the intersection of the scoreline and sideline, and a small rectangular marker is located on the sideline, five meters in-field from the scoreline, to indicate the 5 metre line.

Match Length

Each match will be played in two halves of fifteen minutes duration, with a two-minute half-time break.

Drawn Matches

Should scores be level at the conclusion of normal time, the match will proceed into an extra time period of three minutes. Both teams will immediately have their on-field playing strength reduced to three players and the team that won the toss prior to the commencement of the match will receive possession of the ball and commence play with a tap on the centre of the half-way line.

If the team receiving first possession scores a touchdown within their first set, the touchdown is awarded and the opposing team receives possession and re-commences play with a tap at the centre of halfway.

If the opposing team fails to score within their replying set, the first team to score will be declared the winner.

However, if the opposing team does score, the touchdown is awarded and play is recommenced by the initial team to score. The next team to score after this point will be declared the winner.

If the score remains level after three minutes of extra time, the match will be declared a draw.

Match Officials

Match officials are appointed by Touch Football Australia, under the guidance of National High-Performance Referees Coach, Ian Matthew.[6]

In 2019, with the addition of the New Zealand Warriors, all games in New Zealand will have their match officials appointed by Touch New Zealand, under the guidance of Stu McDonald.

Graded Match Officials
Graded No. Match Official Debut
Date Match Venue
1 Kim Skelly 18/05/2018 15:55 UTC+10:00 MEN'S: Eels v Tigers ANZ Stadium, Sydney
2 Tony Calabria 18/05/2018 15:55 UTC+10:00 MEN'S: Eels v Tigers ANZ Stadium, Sydney
3 Rob Bowen 18/05/2018 15:55 UTC+10:00 MEN'S: Eels v Tigers ANZ Stadium, Sydney
4 Luke Saldern 18/05/2018 16:30 UTC+10:00 WOMEN'S: Eels v Tigers ANZ Stadium, Sydney
5 Luke McKenzie 19/05/2018 15:05 UTC+10:00 MEN'S: Cowboys v Titans 1300 Smiles Stadium, Townsville
6 Brett Freshwater 19/05/2018 15:05 UTC+10:00 MEN'S: Cowboys v Titans 1300 Smiles Stadium, Townsville
7 Michael Littlefield 19/05/2018 15:05 UTC+10:00 MEN'S: Cowboys v Titans 1300 Smiles Stadium, Townsville
8 Denise Weier 19/05/2018 15:50 UTC+10:00 WOMEN'S: Cowboys v Titans 1300 Smiles Stadium, Townsville
9 Luke Heckendorf 28/07/2018 16:50 UTC+10:00 MEN’S: Tigers v Knights ANZ Stadium, Sydney

2018 Referee Squad[7]

2019 NZ Referee Squad

Note that these referees will only officiate Warriors home games.


Within Australia, all matches are broadcast on Fox Sports Australia's Fox League channel, KAYO Streaming Service and Sky Sports NZ through a mix of live and delayed telecasts.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "NRL announces historic Touch football premiership competition". National Rugby League. 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  2. ^ "NRL Touch Premiership 2018 Draw – Touch Football Australia". Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  3. ^ "The NRL Touch Premiership clubs have been announced! – Touch Football Australia". Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  4. ^ "New Zealand Warriors join the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership – Touch Football Australia". Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  5. ^ "Sydney Roosters join the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership – Touch Football Australia". Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  6. ^ a b NRL Touch Premiership Operations Manual. Touch Football Australia. 2018.
  7. ^ "Touch Football Australia". Retrieved 2018-05-16.

External links

  • Official website
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