Limited Contact Rugby League

What is X-League RL?

X-League RL (Cross-League RL) is a new Social RL offer with limited contact for skill improvement and a steppingstone into and out of full contact Rugby League. X-League RL is aimed at a broad participation across different ages, genders, fitness levels and experience.

The game is played like Rugby League, but the key difference between X-League and other variants is the tackle is affected by making a touch on the ball. X-League RL has both competitive and social elements, that Delivery Partners can vary and control to meet their player’s needs.

How to Play

X-League RL is 7-a-side, with a 60m x 40m pitch dimension and 13-minute games with no halftime. The number of players can range from 5-11, as the pitch size is also adjustable.

Tackles are made by a touch to the ball. The ball carrier can fend off and protect the ball, however they cannot deliberately change the momentum of others by pushing, pulling, barging or carry the ball above head height.

Tries are scored in two ways:

By placing the ball down over the try line

When the ball carrier gets both feet in the in-goal

X-League has two modes of refereeing. In a competitive situation, games can be controlled by a single referee. In a social setting ‘Captains’ agreement’ is the preferred method of arbitration.

Please see the full rule document at the bottom of this page for further details.

Where Can I Play?

X-League RL is an example of the fantastic community work undertaken by Community Clubs and Foundations. The work carried out by these clubs has driven the incredible growth of Social RL offers.

Prospective players can contact the clubs, X-League Management Group or the RFL for more information on joining a specific team. X-League RL is a new offer, we welcome any clubs who wish to give it a try. Please see the key contacts for more information on setting up activity.

Current clubs who run X-League RL activity:

  • Accrington Wildcats
  • Chester University RL
  • Harrogate Fire Ants
  • Oldham St Annes
  • Sheffield Forgers
  • Saddleworth Rangers
  • Warrington Cross League
  • York City Knights Foundation

Activity Throughout a Year

Regular team training sessions are held at clubs, with a series of competitive fixtures and festivals that take place throughout a year for clubs to attend. Activity also takes place in Ireland, Hungary and Australia, so there are opportunities for tours and international fixtures.

X-League RL creates incredible experiences for players at all levels of the game.

Player Registration

The collection of data from each Social Rugby League offer is critical to measuring the impact of the activity and how it can be shaped to deliver the best possible experience for all. We have made it as quick and simple as possible for players to register, so it would take no longer than a few minutes.

It is essential that every player must register via the below link specific to X-League RL players. New players and returning players can use the same link.



The X-League RL Steering Group:

Key Contact -

Desmond Foy - Chairman (KTRA Killarney)
Declan O’Neill-Foy - Participation Administrator (Gold Coast, QLD)
Chris Churm - Coaching & Referee advisor (Yorkshire)
Chris Coates - Coaching & Referee advisor (Sheffield Forgers)
Chris Garforth - Coaching & Referee advisor (Saddleworth Rangers)
Glenn Warhurst - Coaching & Referee advisor (Oldham St.Annes)
Paul Mcdermott - Coaching & Referee advisor (Sheffield Forgers)
Zsolt Lukacs - Coaching & Referee advisor (HRLF Budapest)