touch line


The touch-line is the line on either side of the playing area of a game of Rugby football and of the game of Association Football (soccer). In many other sports it is called a side-line.

The continuation of the touch-line beyond the goal-line ending at the dead ball line is called the "touch-in-goal line".

In Rugby Union the two touch-lines may not be more than 70m apart and they are not part of the playing area. (Law 1)

  • The area beyond the touch-line is touch.
  • The officials who monitor the touch-lines are the Touch judges

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