Why is rugby not an Olympic sport?

How does rugby work at the Olympics? The rules


For the second time, 7-a-side rugby is part of the competition program at the Olympic Games. The most important rules of the sport at a glance.

What are the basic rules?

Each team has seven players on the field. The ball may only be passed backwards, but kicked forwards. If the ball carrier is tackled, he must immediately release the ball on the ground and must not block it. The tackler must also move away from the ball.

If a team kicks or passes the ball out of bounds, the opponent receives a so-called alley throw. Three players per team face each other, the ball is thrown into the middle of this alley.

Another standard situation is the scrum, which is ordered by the referee in the event of minor fouls or technical errors. There are also three players per team involved. These "hook" into one another. The ball is rolled into this scramble, whereby the rolling team has a much higher chance of conquering the ball due to the positioning of the players.

How big is the playing field?

The playing field is 100 meters long and 70 meters wide. These are the same dimensions as for 15-man rugby. Above all, fast and athletic players are used.

How are points scored?

If a player runs the ball into the opponent's in-goal and places it there, his team receives five points. The team can then score two more points with a successful dropkick through the bars.

There are three points for successful penalties, which are also executed with a drop kick, and a drop goal from the current game.

How long does a game last?

A game of 7-a-side rugby lasts two times seven minutes. An exception is the finals of a tournament: This is played over ten minutes twice.