Organising a Team

If you are looking to put a team together to enter one of Townsville Touch Football's night time (non-club) competitions there are a number of things which must be considered to do this.

Team Numbers

Make sure you have enough players to field a team each week is essential. Each team can register up to 20 players, however the most players you play in any game is 14, with 6 players on the field at any one time with unlimited substitutions. Failure to field at least 4 players results in a forfeit occurring.

In mixed competitions there must be a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 3 males on the field.

Playing in the Right Grade

Playing in the appropriate grade is important to ensure you maximise your Touch Football experience! The first few weeks of our night competitions are usually grading games to ensure that the playing field is relatively fair and even.

To help us get the grading correct please ensure that if you have to utilise 'fill-in'players during this time that the players are of similar ability to the rest of your team. Also please let admin know so that any temporary changes in your team composition can be taken into consideration when grading.

Nominating Your Team

Before nominating your team, please ensure that you read the 'Conditions of Entry' carefully so that you are fully aware of the rules of the competition and your responsibilities when you nominate a team.

All nominations are fully online via our MySideline. This offers a convenient and safe method of nomination and payment.

Registering Your Players

Player registrations are also done online via MySideline. We are affiliated with Touch Football Australia which means participation in any of our competitions means that you and your players are covered by the Touch Football Australia National Insurance Scheme.

Before each game players must fill in (tick) the association's Team Sheet (this includes if you have additional players who are filling in for a game).

Online registration and ticking the player as "playing" ensures that in the event of an injury a player is covered by the National Insurance Scheme.

Fees & Payment

We charge a Team Nomination fee and it is up to each team how much they charge their players. Each team will be required to pay the team nomination fee by the due date. Teams paid on (or before) the first night will be given an 'Early Bird' discount.

A $60.00 late fee will be applied to any teams not paid by the due date for full payment.

Each player a is also required to pay a game fee of $5.00 per player per game they play. This applies to all players, including fill-in players as well.


In the night competitions, all players on the same team need to be in matching shirts with numbers on the back, these numbers need to be at least 16cm in height.

Referees will be dressed in the Touch Football Australia referee uniform which is basically white, so we recommend that teams choose a colour other than white for their uniform. Uniforms cannot have more than 1/3 that is white.

Uniforms can be purchased from local manufacturers Struddy's Sport, EMU etc., or check out the Touch Football Australia merchandise providers who have a number of uniform options to suit all needs and budgets.

Duty Referee

Referees are an essential part of the sport. We employ a Duty Referee System as part of the team's nomination, whereby teams are required to provide a referee each week to fulfil the competitions requirements. We do have a number of official referees who will officiate over games also, so team referees may not be required every week but are still required to be nominated with your team.

This method of referee allocation is crucial, so please ensure that when your team is requited to provide a referee you do so to ensure everyone has the chance to maximise their Touch Football experience.

Referees are paid by the Townsville Touch Referees Association (TTRA) for each game they referee. After the TTRA membership fee is paid, all referees are paid either each night after their game or at the end of the season.

Respect for Referees

Touch Football Australia places a significant focus on ensuring the sport is free of abuse and harassment for all participants, particular for referees given the difficult role they sometimes face. A number of frameworks have been implemented to ensure this for all referees including a 'Zero Tolerance' approach to abuse and harassment of officials. These frameworks are aligned to the 'Sports Responsibility Code' and 'Member Protection Policy', leading to the creation of the 'TFA Disciplinary Regulations Manual' which has been adopted by TCHTA.

Respect for referees is a paramount focus of TCHTA, and all participants are expected to treat each referee with the same amount of respect as they would their teammates.

Referee accreditation courses are run throughout the season. All referees are urged to attend these as soon as they can. There is no cost involved as TCHTA receive a grant which covers all costs. If you are interest in attending a course please see the Referee Director for more information.

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