• Touch football tilt fires off Saturday

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    Seven teams will compete in the Puma Beach Touch League beginning on Saturday at the Crystal Beach Resort in Zambales.

    The tournament will use a single-round robin format and the matches will be played alternately on two playing fields.

    The Federation of Touch Football Pilipinas (FTFP) – the national sports association for touch football in the Philippines, organized the tournament.

    “This is the first time we will play at the Crystal Beach and this is in line with our thrust to promote the sport, not just here in Metro Manila, but also in nearby provinces,” Roge Dublin, public relations officer of FTFP told The Manila Times.

    Beach Touch is a variation of touch football, which is played on a smaller sand field with four attackers and three defenders.

    University of the Philippines, that ruled the men’s and women’s divisions in last year’s tourney at Anvaya Beach is keen to defend its crown.

    Meanwhile, the Nomads Bullettes and Team Macherr aim to reclaim their titles.

    The other teams competing are QCPU Questors, Manila Hapons, La Liga and Isla Rugby.

    To cap off the summer season, a beach touch tournament aiming to raise funds for Red Cross Boracay, will be held in Boracay on May 21.

    Touch football, also known as touch or touch rugby, is a minimum contact sport similar to the traditional Filipino game of patintero, but one of the players is holding a touch football. The sport requires hand-eye coordination, agility, and speed.

    The Philippine Pythons, the country’s national touch football team, finished ninth in the mixed open division and 12th in the women’s open division in the Touch World Cup 2015 in Australia.

    FTFP is a member of the Federation of International Touch the international body governing the sport and the Asian Touch Federation.

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