HDE Advent Calendar Day 22: Touch Football

Hello, My name is Brian Storm(Hiroya Watanabe)and I belong to the Sales team in HDE.

Today I would like to introduce my favorite sports called Touch Football.

Perhaps, few people might have heard about this sports.

Outside Japan, there are some similar sports such as Tag rugby, Flag football, however, each rule is slightly different so for today I would like to introduce basic rules and fun part regarding Touch football.

■Geneal overview

Touch football may be easy to understand if you think of it as a tag game using a ball.

One team consists of six people. One team will try to advance as far as possible with the ball. We call this team an offensive (offense) team. The other team will try to catch the other player with the ball. This team is called the defense team. The defense team must touch the attacking team player with the ball with both hands. Meanwhile, the offensive team will have to figure out how could they avoid the defense team and advance at the same time. 


-Offence team 

・Quarter Back(QB): Game maker and who throws the ball to WR(mainly).

・Wide Recevier(WR): Who received the ball from QB.

・Center(C): Who snaps the ball to start the offensive attack. 

・Guard (G): Who protects QB from DT or LB.


I think pictures will help you to understand.


-Defence team

・Defencive Tackle(DT)  : Who tries to touch QB in order to prevent the throw.

・Line Backer(LB) : Who covers the middle area of the field(mainly).

・Corner Back(CB) : Who cares about the WR and try to prevent the advance from Offence team.

・Safety(S) : Who covers the back area of the field(mainly).

I think pictures will help you to understand.



■How game progress

-Offence team

The offensive team tries to get as much "yardage" as it can to try and move closer to the opponent's end zone. Each time the offense gets the ball, it has four downs, or chances, in which to gain 10 yards. If the offensive team successfully moves the ball 10 or more yards, it earns a first down, and another set of four downs. If the offense fails to gain 10 yards, it loses possession of the ball. 

The final goal for the offense team is to carry the ball into the touchdown zone(TDZ)

If offense team touch down, they will get 6 points.



-Defence team

The job of the defense is to stop the offense. The 6 men on the defensive team all work together to keep the offense from advancing toward the defense's end zone.

The defense tries to prevent the offense not only from scoring but also from gaining the 10 yards needed for a first down. If the offense reaches fourth down, it usually punts the ball (kicks it away). This forces the other team to begin its drive further down the field.


■Reference pictures 


※Basic formation of defense.


 ※(G) protecting (QB) from opponents (DT) and (LB).


■Fun part of Touch football


Both offense team and defense team, each position has their own role and if someone breaks the rule or ignore the strategy from the QB, the whole movement will collapse and will not gonna work. This shows the importance of each position`s responsibility.

This mind will also become important in my daily work. The team has a goal and aiming the same thing as a team. We have to think about each other, understand the objective of our strategy. There is no one who is not responsible for their every role.

-Safe and healthy

Touch football`s basic idea comes from American football, however, American football is way dangerous to play as a hobby and too risky that might effects to your main job due to a hight possibility of injury.

On the other hand, for touch football, you still could enjoy the basic strategic part of American football but much safer.  In addition, you will have enough chance to move your body but not too much so it will not effects a lot for your daily work.


Touchfoot ball is a great sport to play as a hobby but at the same time, there are many aspects which you can learn and apply to your day job or to your life.

We will have the big match in July 2018 at YOKOHAMA STADIUM.

Come see me if you have any interest!!!!

Thank you.