A sport where football originated, rugby was reintroduced to the Olympics at the Rio Games in 2016. Unlike American football or soccer, in rugby the ball cannot be passed forward, only backward.
Olympic rugby is played by seven players a side on a field that is 100 meters long and 40 meter wide, the same field used for 15-a-side games. The larger field makes for a faster-moving and more exciting game. The event will consist of 12 teams for both men and women, and teams will participate in a tournament format. Both men and women play 14-minute halves. Players can score a try by crossing the goal line with the ball (five points), conversion goal (kicking the ball between the uprights for two points following a try), drop goal (3 points), which is kicking the ball after letting it bounce once on the ground through the uprights during play.
Rugby will be held from July 26 to 31.
Venue and access information
Rugby will take place at Tokyo Stadium, a multi-use stadium best known as a football stadium. It has a capacity of 48,000 and is five minutes from Tobitakyu Station on the Keio Line. Shuttle bus service is available from Chofu Station on the Keio Line and from Komae Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line.