This is the official website for Oztag Australia.
OZTAG football is the latest craze in recreational sport that now has competitions running all over Australia, with the largest areas located in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra.
It is a non-tackling game. Normal dimensions of the field are 70 metres x 50 metres. Two fields will fit on one rugby or soccer field. Eight players in each team are on the field at any one time. Players wear shorts with a Velcro patch on each side. A strip of cloth is attached to the Velcro, known as a tag. The object of the game is to score tries. Defenders prevent this by tagging the ball carrier, removing the tag from the shorts.
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The Australian Championships is Oztag’s toughest tournament. Local Associations throughout NSW, ACT and QLD merge to form 13 Regions which enables the best of the best Oztag players to compete over a 2 day tournament. 13 divisions are offered catering for both men and women aged 15 – 50+ years. Only registered Oztag players who meet AOSA’s eligibility guidelines are eligible to participate in this tournament. Australian teams are selected from this tournament.
NSW Junior State Cup
The Junior State Cup is NSW’s biggest Junior tournament. Over 230 teams from 45 Associations compete with the hope of being titled as the NSW Champions at the conclusion of the tournament. 18 divisions are offered at this tournament catering for children aged 8 – 17 years. Only registered Oztag players who meet AOSA’s eligibility guidelines are eligible to participate in this tournament.
QLD Junior State Cup
All the information you need is on theQueensland Oztag site.
NSW Senior State Cup
The Senior State Cup is NSW’s biggest senior tournament. Over 100 teams from 50 Associations compete with the hope of being titled as the NSW Champions at the conclusion of the tournament. 13 divisions are offered at this tournament catering for children aged 15 – 50+ years. Only registered Oztag players who meet AOSA’s eligibility guidelines are eligible to participate in this tournament.
QLD Senior State CupAll the information you need for 2016 is on the Queensland Oztag site.
“Oztag Tens” is a new, exciting variation of Oztag played on a full size field (100mx65m). There are 10 players on the field at any one time, with unlimited interchange. An exciting addition to Tens includes a post try power play, much like a conversion instead the scoring team has 1 play to score an extra point - 1 forward pass can be made during this power play (2 points awarded).
2 players on either team will be given 2 different coloured tags. Those two players may sub at any time. There must only be 2 players at a time on the field with those alternate tags.
The defensive team must remove both tags from a player running the ball with the alternate tags. If only one is removed, the referee will call play on and he may continue to run the ball until the second tag is removed. The ball player will then play the ball where the second tag was taken.
Oztag Tens competitions will be introduced in Winter 2017 as an alternative to those who want to play a non-contact version of Rugby League.
Beach Oztag is a fast paced, dynamic game which is played on a modified Oztag field (50m x 30m) on the sand. Beach Oztag has 6 players on the field at any time with 10 minute halves. Mixed divisions are played with 3 males & 3 females.
Tag World Cup. 2018
C.ex Stadium Coffs Harbour Novermber 1,2,3 & 4
SHAYA Mackey is the true definition of resilience.
The Hervey Bay Oztag player will represent Australia's women's masters team on a Trans-Tasman Tour in two months, but the journey to get there is one of thousand-kilometre trips and a persistent drive to overcome adversity.
Mackey readily admits she was in a bad place last year.
A broken foot prevented her from playing for Hervey Bay at last year's Senior State Cup, but not even that could stop her.
"I was in a moon boot, still in the gym doing all of my exercises," she said.
"They thought I was mental but I knew I had to fire on.
"With the senior state cup, that's where the Indigenous Australia recruits were.
They didn't get to see me play but I went down anyway and was selected for open women's.
"I didn't get to play and do my stuff on the field to be picked for Indigenous Australia, so they basically put me in on merit. I followed the recruiting guy around all weekend and said 'you've got to put me in, I'm in a moon boot but I can play - I'll do anything'."
She was given the opportunity to play at the Australian Championships in Coffs Harbour, and her aim then was to prove she was worthy of selection in the Indigenous side at the Tag World Cup.
With no Queensland over-35s team Mackey was chosen from a pool of players to take the field for Cronulla Stingrays.
"It was tough. At that time I went through a relationship breakup so I wasn't all there mentally," she said.
"I jumped in my car, and drove nine hours with the intent to make that Australian side.
"I was in a really bad state then, I'm not going to sugar-coat it, I wasn't in a good position. By the time I got to Coffs, my first game I was a mess - I was a wreck. I was tired, stressed out.
"I didn't know those ladies from a bar of soap. They have their own set moves and they put me in link, and I went pretty well.
She did enough to impress selectors as, just one month later, she represented Indigenous Australia at the Tag World Cup.
Now she is on the verge of an international tour during which she will become one of the first Hervey Bay Oztag players to represent her country.
Q. What do you describe as the best part of your game?
A. I think my strength is the defensive side.
I'm a brilliant tagger.
I put a lot of effort in - I'll dive, I'll do anything, and yes, I occasionally get penalised for contact.