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What are regional franchises?

These are the areas in which the country has been split up in to. See the regions here

How do I get selected?

Regional Leads, Regional Managers and Regional Coaches of the Elite Men’s, Elite Women’s, Mixed Open, Men’s Seniors, (Women’s Seniors – TBC), Mixed 18s and Mixed 15s teams in each region are responsible for advertising and administering at least one ‘open’ trial which may be attended by any player eligible for that region before selecting their final squad. The format and timings may vary from region to region. Contact your lead for more information

How many players are in squads and teams?

Regions are free to have whatever size training squad the regional coaches see as appropriate. The squads will need to be cut down to 16 players per team for the tournament in August 2018

Are regional teams open to any player?

No, Nationals is being used to develop players in each region who are eligible for England selection. Regional coaches are only able to select those players who are eligible to be selected for an England squad. All players must have full membership to play

I am currently injured. What are my options?

Contact your regional lead for more details

How can I become a regional coach?

Regional and assistant coaches are appointed by the regional leads. The Regional Leads are appointed by the Head of Development Pathways and the HP Team

How often are regional training sessions?

This will be dependent on individual regions requirements. There are no restrictions imposed as regional coaches will know what works best for their region. If you wish to discuss this matter further please contact your regional coach

Can I be selected for England if I do not make a regional squad?

You need to be apart of the regional players pathway to be considered for England

What are the eligibility rules for regions?

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What are the eligibility rules for England squads?

Player eligibility for international sporting competition can be a complex and often emotive issue. The defining elements are at the very heart of global competition and key issues involved in ascertaining eligibility include aspects of nationality, passport, residency, ancestry, place of birth, playing history, the respective country’s selection process and even a player’s gender and age.

Please note that in order to be selected to the regional prior to an England national training squad (and subsequent national teams); a player must satisfy the following the criteria in this Player Eligibility Document.

To apply for exemption if a player does not comply with the eligibility criteria, coaches are to fill in the Eligibility Exemption Request Form

Are there any exemptions allowed?

Exemptions will be taken on a case-by-case basis by the HP Team. A regional coach who wishes to select a player who does not meet the eligibility criteria outlined above will be required to apply for an exemption to do so

I've played for England before. Do I still need to play in the Touch Nationals?

Yes, anyone seeking to represent England, needs to play at the England Touch Nationals

What are the sponsorship rules for individual regions?

Regions are welcome and encouraged to find their own sponsorship and the extent of sponsorship is at the sole discretion of the region. If you know of an organisation who wishes to be involved in supporting England Touch beyond the regional competition, please contact Gregg Cropper