With less than half the players on the pitch and twice the pace of the traditional 15-a-side game, rugby sevens combines brute force with feline agility. The teams try to score as many points as possible by carrying, passing, kicking and grounding the ball in 14 or 20 minutes (finals) of play. Sevens remains a contest for possession of the ball, but as four defenders and three attackers per side employ ingenious tactics to outwit their opponents, the game moves fast and fluid – and the scores tend to be very high.
Rugby sevens was voted for inclusion in the 2016 and 2020 Olympics by the 2009 IOC Session in Copenhagen, DEN. The sport will make its fourth and final appearance in The World Games 2013 Cali.