Beach rugby is a fast-moving, invasion game suitable for men and women of all ages to play. Sand, Sea & Sun all make a great combination to play rugby on one of the softest surfaces.

The interchangeable nature of possession, leading to rapid changes from attacking to defending, means that the game is developing and improving a wide range of skills.

Due to the nature of playing on sand there are some variances to the conventional game of rugby check out the rules so you can play the fun, fast-paced and exciting sport of beach rugby.

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Rules

Field DimensionsThe size of a Beach Rugby field depends on the decision of the league. The field is between 30-50 meters long, 20-35 meters, wide, and the in-goals are 3-7 meters deep. There are no goalposts on the field, and the lines are usually marked with some sort of tape or rope.

Number of PlayersDepending on the league and the field size, either 5 or 7 players are allowed on the field for one team at once. Between 3 and 7 reserves are allowed, again, depending on the league. Substitutions are often done “on-the-fly,” similar to ice hockey or futsal.

The BallA standard rugby ball is used, but many leagues will use a size 4 ball instead of size 5, the size used in all levels of field rugby above youth. A rugby ball is ellipsoidal in shape, made of synthetic leather panels that have small dimples to enhance handling.

ScoringMost leagues use a “one try, one point” scoring system, since there are no goalposts on the field. Occasionally, a sudden-death extra time period is used to resolve matches drawn at the end of regulation, but not all leagues use this rule.

TimingLeagues use either two 5 or 7 minute halves (with a 1 or 3 minute interval for halftime) as the length of a single match. Extra time may be played if the league calls for it.

Playing the GameOften a game of beach rugby is played using standard rugby league rules, with some variations. An offsides distance may be observed, but is no more than 5 meters. When the player carrying the ball is caught by the opponent, he must release the ball within 3 seconds from the halt by passing it over or leaving it to anybody’s disposal. If this law is not observed, his/her team will lose possession of the ball. Leagues may use the “Six-Tackle” rule or some variation, but some do not count tackles at all. Some leagues even play or touch rugby instead of employing a tackle element.

Usually, kicking is not allowed, with the exception of the to restart play.

Set PlaysUsually, a scrum or lineout is replaced with a tap kick, and play usually begins with one of these instead of a kickoff, as well as after every score. The ruck and the maul are usually not a part of the game, either, focusing gameplay on live-ball action instead of strategies from set plays.