A version of American football in which the players "tackle" the individual carrying the ball only by touching him with one or two hands, based on whether one is playing the one-hand touch or two-hand touch variety, as opposed to tackling him bodily to the ground or forcing a knee to touch the ground, as is normal in traditional rules versions of the game. The two-hand touch variation is the most populiar.
Other than the tackling aspect, most rules remain the same as in traditional American football, except for occasional local variations. The only other common variation is the elimination from the rules of the field goal and extra point; this is usually due to the absence of a goal post in whatever field the game is played.
Touch football is generally played by amateurs, often teenagers or children.