The first Oztag competitions started in the summer of 1992/1993 at Cronulla with 28 teams and St George with 12 teams. Since then Oztag has enjoyed an extremely rapid growth throughout the country. The Australian Oztag Sports Association (AOSA) was formed in 1994 as an incorporated association. The AOSA currently aims to provide opportunities for people to participate at all levels by developing, promoting & managing the game of Oztag in Australia.


Oztag is a non-tackling sport & the rules are designed to encourage this. During a game an attacker cannot run straight at a defender, it is their responsibility to run at gaps. A defender cannot change direction or impede an attacker’s path, & if an excessive amount of contact is caused when removing the tag it may result in a penalty. The rule is whoever initiates contact will be sanctioned.


The object of the game is to score tries & defenders prevent this by tagging the ball carrier (removing the tag from the shorts). Players must wear official ‘Oztag shorts’ which have a velcro patch on each side that their ‘tags’ (strips of cloth) attached to. Tagging instead of tackling is great for players of all skill levels, sizes & weights to compete evenly. ** Tags supplied at the venue**

Oztag is a fast paced exciting sport that can be enjoyed by male, female & mixed teams of all athletic abilities from the ages of 6 to 60. Passing, catching, kicking, tagging & evasion are the skills utilised in this sport & games are played over 2 x 20 minute periods with eight players from each team on the field. A field’s dimensions = 70m x 50m (half a soccer/rugby field).


Oztag competitions are conducted in NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, WA & VIC & currently run midweek after school/work in both summer & winter. Many friends, family & work colleagues form teams primarily for fun & fitness. The attraction of Oztag is that there are no training sessions, no volunteer duties & team coaches aren’t required. Juniors were introduced in the 1996/1997 summer season & have had substantial growth.

Oztag also offers involvement at a representative or elite level via State Cup & National Championships. These competitions range in age divisions from; Junior - under 8 to 16 & Senior – men’s, women’s & mixed. Men’s divisions like over 30, 35, 40, 45 & 50 have become very popular at representative level. Internationally, Australia is leading the way, but countries like New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom, South Africa, US & Japan are all at various developmental stages in the form of Rugby Tag or Rugby League Tag.