China to host inagural Asian Touch Cup
FIT has confirmed Shanghai, China, as the host city for the inaugural Asian Touch Cup in October 2020.
The tournament will be played 16-18 October 2020 at the magnificent Shanghai Tan Sports Public Park, where later this month the annual Shanghai International Touch Tournament (SITT) will take place.
The Asian Cup will attract national men’s, women’s and mixed teams from across Asia, including newly minted FIT member Sri Lanka.
General Secretary of the China Touch Association, Mr Topy Xu, said, “This a is a massive honour for China, and we are looking forward to welcoming the best Touch players from our continent to Shanghai.
“This event will build on the momentum established at the Touch World Cup in Malaysia earlier this year where the best teams from Asia met head-on with the sport’s leading lights Australia and New Zealand.”
Mr Xu continued, “The Asian Cup is open to our fellow FIT members from across Asia and will provide a valuable opportunity for their national teams to prepare themselves for the cauldron of World Cup competition.”
More competition equals improved performance
In Europe, where Touch has been played competitively for over 20 years, the biennial European Championships has demonstrated the value of regular multi-national competitions.
FIT Event Director, Mr Gary Reynolds, said, “Europe has shown that through more regular competition, performances have improved with the likes of England on the verge of semi-finals in Men’s and Women’s Open and Scotland taking home bronze in the Mixed Open at the World Cup.”
He continued, “The Shanghai venue is perfect for this inaugural event. As the long-time home of the Shanghai International Touch Tournament, which regularly attracts club teams from across Asia, many of the Asian Cup participants will already be familiar with the facilities.
“I’m really excited at the prospect of collaborating with Topy and his team, and I would like to thank Shanghai Tan Sports Public Park for hosting this significant milestone event for our sport.”
Malaysia School Development Tournament
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Malaysia school tournament at UKM Saturday October 12.
Click the link to register - Malaysia School Development Tournament
For more information e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
KL Fun Touch Tournament 2019
KL Touch will host their KL Fun Touch Tournament on Saturday August 10th, 2019 - at the new International School KL campus.
Three categories of competition - Open Women, Men & Mixed
RM500 per team - with lots of individual and team give-away items and awards for the winners & runner up teams.
A maximum of 8 teams per category will be accepted - so register and pay early to secure your teams entry.
Register your team here - MiCasa KL Fun Touch 2019
Tournament location here - Tournament Venue ISKL (New Campus)
If you are looking for a great day of FIT Touch fun - Come & Play!
8 Open and 4 Open Uni teams took the field at St John’s Institution on Saturday for the 2019 IUMW Sportacular.
Was a great day out with new teams learning and old rivalries continued.
The Open competition included: -
- Junior FT
- The Grrr
- Ampang Vipers
- Team X
- Rugby Depot
The Kitty came out on top of the Open competition – Aloloh were the Runner-Up.
The Open comp was as usual fast and the quick turn-around 10-minute game schedules meant it was all about attack.
The Open University had 4 teams playing a double round of games to keep them active.
- Mammoth A – KKTM Ledang
- Mammoth B – KKTM Ledang
UniRazak (pictured) were too good for their opposition and took home the winners medallions.
Great to see KKTM Ledang take home some bling and we hope will return after the positive experience.
- UniRazak – Champions
- Mammoth A – Runner Up
- IUMW – 2nd Runner-Up
Congratulations to IUMW students who hosted the tournament – more to come.
FIT Level 1 Referee Course Sunday March 3rd
Nottingham University are again hosting an FIT Level 1 (Inroduction to refereeing) Course on Sunday March 3rd, 2019.
Come along and join in the fun - learn some new skills about FIT Touch - and make some new friends.
To register - click this link.
Registrations close Friday March 1st @ 11.59pm
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UKM Touch Development Tournament – Saturday December 29
After the success of their tournament in October – the UKM team are going again.
One-day competition - two categories of competition - Open Men and Uni / IPT Girls.
Medals for winner’s and runner up and certificates of participation for Uni / IPT / School teams.
To register your team – click here
For further information – e mail email@example.com
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IUMW ' The Ultimate Touch' Tournament
The IUMW Bachelor of Professional Communication students are bringing you ‘The Ultimate Touch’ this 15th December 2018 at St John's Institution.
The aim is to offer local University and club teams the platform to develop their skills at this tournament.
Come and join as registration will be closing early in December - with limited team entries available!
Follow us on Facebook @TheUltimateTouchIUMW and on Instagram @TheUltimateTouch2018 for more info
Contact Rajan – 016-278 1708 or D – 012-362 6526
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FIT Course - Introduction to Coaching (Level 1) Certificate
FIT Introduction to Coaching (Level 1) Certificate
FIT Touch Malaysia will be hosting an FIT Level 1 Coaching Course on Saturday December 8th, 2018 – at the new campus at ISKL.
The course includes in room theory and discussion and on field practical sessions.
This Introduction to Coaching Course offers participants international accreditation.
Is ideal for players young and not so young, teachers and anyone interested in developing the sport of Touch or their own knowledge.
To register – see the online link here - FIT Coach Course Application
Please confirm your attendance no later than Thursday November 22nd, 2018.
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UKM Development Tournament 'Great Day on the Field
11 teams took part in the development tournament on Saturday at UKM.
It was clear that the skills and knowledge of FIT Touch rules by many returning teams had progressed and showed on the field with a high level of play.
Well done to all teams.
After a draw change onsite that saw the ‘The Cheesy Ladies’ (a team including a number of Touch World Cup representatives) move into the Open Men competition allowing for a more balanced competition for all, the games progressed and from feedback received – a fun day had by all.
The development competition included a range of Uni / College teams, club and social teams compete.
Great to see Kolej Yayasan UEM, Sunway Varsity Bears, Unisel Predators and Svana RC joined by social team Tigress enjoying the challenge.
The experience of Tigress proved too strong in the final and won the play off 4 to 0 against Svana RC.
Sunway and Unisel had a draw for 3rd v 4th and decided to have a fun ‘sprint race’ to close out the day.
Close competition in the Men Open with The Kitty and Xmen locked on 4 wins / 1 draw each and only points for / against separated them with The Kitty taking out the winner’s medal with just a few more touchdowns overall.
Pictured are Tigress Touch Women's and The Kitty Men winners on the day.
Keep an eye out for the next tournament to be announced very soon – all welcome!
UKM Touch Development Tournament
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Join in the UKM Touch Tournament - Saturday October 13th, 2018
See the Tournament Fact Sheet - e mail any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
UKM Touch Development Tournament 2018 – Register Here
Pathway to Touch World Cup 2019 Participation
FIT Touch Malaysia will host the 9th FIT Touch World Cup at the Equestrian Park Putrajaya commencing April 29 to May 4, 2019.
Trials will commence this Saturday August 25th – 4.00pm at the Padang Bola Sepak Field Precinct 9, Putrajaya.
After the successful delivery of the Youth Touch World Cup ending only last weekend – here we go again, offering our open and senior division players the opportunity to compete in a Touch World Cup representing Malaysia on home soil.
Categories include open (open to eligible junior, adult & senior age participants) along with senior categories for men and women and mixed teams from 27 years to 50 plus.
What a game!
2019 team trials and training will be held at this location until further notice. A full schedule and proposed budget will be published for all.
At this stage we need to get players engaged in active trials so as to fully assess the reality of fielding world cup teams.
FTM can confirm, that due to the nominations received so far that we have already registered Open Women, Men and Mixed teams in the 2019 event. Competition for positions will be hotly contested in these Open categories.
We need our senior players to get their friends along to form senior division teams also so as to offer these enthusiasts their opportunity also. The reality is that if we do not have sufficient players – we obviously cannot register teams.
What you need to do to progress to be involved in the mix for a position in a team for 2019.
- Come to the trial 1 Saturday August 25th – Precinct 9 Field - additional trila will follow - however, confirmation on viability of senior division teams is the essential factor now.
- Bring RM 510 cash
- RM 500 is your deposit only. If you are selected in a team this will be used towards your participation entry costs and involvement in the team
- If you are not selected to represent in a team – this deposit will be returned to you
- Please note: - cash payments by hand only will be accepted / do not deposit funds into the FIT Touch Malaysia bank account
- RM 10 is the weekly fee to attend the sessions
- Please ensure you bring your photo ID / IC / Passport
- Each player will have their photo taken on registration on arrival at the field. Registration will commence at 3.00pm – it is recommended that you come early / well before the 4.00pm scheduled start
- Come with a good attitude / be prepared to enter into the session with enthusiasm and most of all have fun!
Please be ready to go for a 4.00pm start. Boots on, any strapping you need completed etc. and start drinking water from lunch time…. drink lots.
Please bring –
- a water bottle as you will need this to refill regularly / ice and water will be readily available for all
- wear a hat / cap / visor
- apply sunscreen
On behalf of the FTM Management, thank you for your interest - we are really excited to have this opportunity to offer to you and welcome one and all….
… will you be part of history?
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Pictured are the 2015 Men's World Cup team - Malaysia's pioneers in International Touch
See the action Youth TWC, 2018
What a great 4 days of International Youth Touch action.
See all the results at the FIT International site and we will load the entire stock of photography for the event for all to see and announce soon.
Malaysia player awarded MVP Youth TWC ‘18
Congratulations to Miss India Cooper (Malaysia G18’s rep) for receiving the highest possible award as Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the Youth World Cup.
India was recognised as the MVP overall in the Girls 18 competition.
India played her heart out alongside her team mates and the opposition recognised her efforts.
The MVP award is voted by the opposition team at the end of each game. India received more points overall voted by her opponents and has gained this significant award.
India has great passion for Touch and is also a star track and field athlete at her school the International School Kuala Lumpur.
Well done India – we are all so proud and happy for you!
Malaysia v Singapore Girls Friendly
Pictured are the Singapore Womens 20 and Malaysia Girls 18 Youth Touch World Cup teams.
Congratulations to both teams and a special thanks to Singapore 20’s for supporting the friendly.
Malaysia squad and the Singapore team met up in Johor and played a range of games thanks to host Marlborough College who offered their fields and logistics to the group – great stuff!
From all reports both teams enjoyed the experience and were better for the run.
The countdown to the Wednesday August 8th Opening Ceremony at the Equestrian Park Putrajaya is well and truly in play.
Come along and support the Malaysia teams and experience youth FIT Touch at its best from August 8 – 11, 2018.
IJM Games 2018
Employees represent the five divisions in the group namely Construction, Infrastructure, Industry, Plantation and Property while competing in a wide range of sports and the quality of the eagerly contested Touch competition has again progressed with our FIT Touch Malaysia referees enjoying the experience yet again while encouraging the teams along the way.
The competition is conducted over 2 days.
Results Day 1
- Plantation 7 v Infrastructure 2
- Industry 7 v Construction 0
- Property 1 v Plantation 11
- Infrastructure 0 v Industry 5
- Construction 5 v Property 0
Results Day 2
- Construction 3 v Infrastructure 1
- Property 0 v Industry 8
- Plantation 8 v Construction 2
- Property 1 v Infrastructure 5
- Plantation 4 v Industry 4
Congratulations to the Plantation Division pictured who came out on top and were awarded as the champions this year.
The games will move to Kuantan in 2020.
Youth Touch World Cup
Countdown to Tap Off.
The Youth Touch World Cup will commence with the opening ceremony on the morning of Wednesday August 8th at the Equestrian Park, Putrajaya.
Nations have been planning for years. Teams have been preparing for many months and all are keen to get their game on!
- 9 nations
- 28 teams
- 6 categories of competition
- 4 days of play
- 150 games to be contested
Come and watch the best youth Touch teams in the world, that include some incredibly talented athletes who cannot wait to showcase their skills in action packed competition.
World Cup 2019 – Player Nominations Closed
Malaysia will look to enter teams in Open Women, Men & Mixed categories along with ‘senior’ men’s teams.
The challenge for all players and coaches involved will be announced very soon with a schedule of progressive trials, training sessions and camps being planned. Players are encouraged to bring their enthusiasm and a positive attitude and join in 110%.
Preparation for any player participating in an elite sports event requires a full commitment.
For those athletes that gain selection, it will be an experience they will never forget.
Be very excited!
Pictured are the Malaysia Open Men 2015 World Cup Team.
Klang Valley League = Great Fun!
The Sunday afternoon league has attracted players young and 'not so young'.
The Lions Roar and Lions Pride teams have progressed their skills on a weekly basis and from all reports are thoroughly enjoying the 'new' experience Touch is delivering.
The weekly competition against different opposition and with FIT accredited Refeees guiding them around the field and offering education on rules along the way has shown them a whole new world of 'run, catch & pass' fun.
After the competition, the weekly 'social' game starts with more and more people attending every week.
Pictured are some of the Lions team players - Keep going men, one game at a time.
MiCasa KL Fun Touch Tournament – An event with a difference
KL Touch Club went to a lot of effort to make sure that all teams and spectators were well looked after.
With the support from the MiCasa All Suite Hotel who accommodated the inbound team - Southerner’s Sports Club, Bangkok and with every team receiving a case of 100Plus – along with ice cream and a ‘dunking machine’ – it all added to the fun.
Special note to the two women’s teams ‘Joba and Wild Cats’ who travelled from Johor to join in and who were very appreciative of the support from Amir (Referee Manager) who offered a technical clinic for the group.
KL Touch were too good in the final of the women’s edging out ISKL Panthers and in the Open Category final – Southerners went down to Scorpion Putrajaya.
Another great day of Touch action thanks to the support of the International School Kuala Lumpur.
Well done to all referees who supported the tournament and kept everyone on side and going forward.
Australian National Rugby League (NRL) announces Touch premiership competition
The six-team competition will see three NSW-based and three Queensland NRL clubs draw on touch football's best male and female players for the inaugural premiership, starting in round 11 on May 18.
Two 30-minute touch games – men's and women's – will lead into relevant NRL matches, with broadcast partner Fox Sports to televise the contests through a mix of live and delayed coverage.
The competition will last for seven rounds in total, with Touch Football Australia CEO Steve Mitchell lauding the chance to showcase touch football to a wider audience in the same year the sport celebrates its 50th anniversary.
NRL counterpart Todd Greenberg declared the new competition the "first step in a much bigger journey that we can make", with Mitchell hoping the closer NRL association could one day lead touch football to its own professional competition.
"This is a diversification piece, similar to cricket where you've got multiple formats of the game… this reaches a new community, a different demographic, it's short-form and a really exciting piece for the rugby league family," Mitchell said on Wednesday.
"(The competition will be) absolutely amateur at first, and that will probably be the case for the first couple of seasons.
"But the more we can build the more we can build that, the more profile we can give it, the more people we can get involved the more commercially attractive it becomes.
"We'd love to be in a position where we can do something semi-professional with our athletes."
Participating NRL clubs will be unveiled over the next month, with each outfit fielding a men's and women's side in separate competitions.
It's understood the governing bodies and not players will be footing the bill when it comes to travel and playing expenses.
Boasting 613,000 participants, touch football has proven a breeding ground for some of the NRL's brightest talent, with the likes of Benji Marshall, Kalyn Ponga, Valentine Holmes and Shaun Johnson all honing their skills in the non-contact sport before graduating to league.
"The quality of what you'll see on the field, the quality of the product of touch football is fantastic," Greenberg said.
"But more than that it's so inclusive because it's men and women playing so I expect (the new competition) to be an unbelievably strong success."