Beach rugby

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Beach rugby is a sport that is based on rugby union. There is no centralized regulation of the sport as in beach soccer or beach volleyball, but leagues are common across Europe [ citation needed ]. The sport is particularly popular in Italy, in the Balkan region and in Eastern Europe. Casual games are played across the world using different sets of rules. However, organized leagues use a field that is only a fraction of the size of a standard rugby field, far fewer players on each team, shorter matches, and a simplified scoring system. A popular tournament in the United States, 7s By The Sea, is hosted in Corpus Christi, Texas each summer or Beerfoot 7s in Fort Myer beach Florida on the last weekend of July.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, widely known simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.

Beach soccer football played in beach

Beach Soccer, also known as beach football, sand football or beasal, is a variant of association football played on a beach or some form of sand.

Beach volleyball team sport played by two teams of two players on a sand court divided by a net

Beach volleyball is a team sport played by two teams of two players on a sand court divided by a net. As in indoor volleyball, the objective of the game is to send the ball over the net and to ground it on the opponent's side of the court, and to prevent the same effort by the opponent. A team is allowed up to three touches to return the ball across the net, and individual players may not touch the ball twice consecutively except after making a block touch. The ball is put in play with a serve—a hit by the server from behind the rear court boundary over the net to the opponents. The rally continues until the ball is grounded on the playing court, goes "out", or a fault is made in the attempt to return the ball. The team that wins the rally scores a point and serves to start the following rally. The four players serve in the same sequence throughout the match, changing server each time a rally is won by the receiving team.

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The inaugural European Beach Five Rugby Championships was held in Moscow in 2017 and is being held there since then.

Rules

Field dimensions

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

Number of players

Depending on the league and the field size, either 4 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.

Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

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Futsal Ballgame-team sport, variant of association football

Futsal is a variant of association football played on a hard court, smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. It features similarities to five-a-side football.

The ball

A 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 oval-shaped and made of synthetic leather panels that have small dimples to enhance handling.

Rugby ball elongated ellipsoidal ball used in rugby football

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Scoring

Most 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.

One Italian league used a system where the in-goals were divided into five equal rectangles. A try scored from the outer rectangles was worth 3 points, from the central rectangle was 5 points, and from either of the two intermediate rectangles was worth 4 points. However, there is no evidence that this league still exists. The Ameland Beach Rugby Festival (The Netherlands) also uses this system.

Timing

Leagues 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 in question calls for it.

European Beach Five Rugby Championships

Men

YearHostFinalSemi-finalists
WinnerScoreRunner-upWinnerScoreRunner-up
2017 Flag of Russia.svg
Moscow, Russia
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 6–5Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 8–1Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
2018 Flag of Russia.svg
Moscow, Russia
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 4–3Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 10–3Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia
2019 Flag of Russia.svg
Moscow, Russia
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 7–4Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 13–6Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia

Women

YearHostFinalSemi-finalists
WinnerScoreRunner-upWinnerScoreRunner-up
2017 Flag of Russia.svg
Moscow, Russia
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 5–0Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 5–3Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia
2018 Flag of Russia.svg
Moscow, Russia
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 6–3Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 5–4Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia
2019 Flag of Russia.svg
Moscow, Russia
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 2–1Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 6–4Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia

See also

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Snow rugby

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