Rugby Soccer

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Rugby Soccer is a mix of Rugby and Association football. The sport is most similar to Gaelic football in rules. But, is more similar to Rugby/American Football in throwing the ball than just hand passing in Gaelic football.[1]


The shape of the lball is spherical, and the size of the ball can be as big as a standard soccer ball (size 5) or sometimes as small as a Size 3 ball used in Team handball or Field handball. You can also use a rugby ball to make the game more interesting and harder, as the ball goes in different directions when you kick it. You should use an "international size" or "size 5". The ball is approximately 27 cm (11 in) long and 60 cm (24 in) in circumference at its widest point. You can have a look at this article for more information on rugby balls. The chart or table below shows the balls that can be used.

Size Used by Circumference (in cm) Weight (in g)
5 Soccer/Football, Gaelic Football, Rugby Soccer 68–70 cm (27–28") 410–450 g (14–16 oz)
3 Team handball, Field handball, Rugby Soccer 58–60 cm (23-24") 425–475 g (15-17 oz)
5 Rugby League, International Rugby Games, Rugby Scoccer 58–62 cm (23–24”) 410–460 g (14–16 oz)

Playing Field[edit]

The field dimension is 110x55 meters.

Technical Fouls[edit]

The following are considered technical fouls:

  • Picking the ball directly off the ground (It must be scooped up into the hands by the foot).
  • Going more than 4 steps without throwing, bouncing or soloing the ball. (Soloing involves kicking the ball into one's own hands)
  • Bouncing the ball twice in a row (It may be soloed continuously)
  • Hand passing the ball over an opponent's head, then running around him to catch it
  • Hand passing a goal (the ball may be punched into the goal from up in the air, however)
  • Square ball, an often controversial rule: If at the moment the ball enters the small rectangle, there is already an attacking player inside the small rectangle, then a free out is awarded.
  • Changing hands: passing the ball from your right hand to left or vice versa.