What is Walking Football?
Walking football is a slower-paced small-sided version of the football association game aimed at ages 50+.
Walking football is a fantastic way of staying fit and healthy in your later years, playing the sport you love in a safe environment. With proven benefits to lower mild hypertension, Increase aerobic power and aid mental health.
“It allows people who have loved the sport all their lives to once again safely get back to playing”. The Walking Football Association
How is Walking Football different from football?
The main difference from other forms of football is that there is no running, jogging or heading. Tackling has reduced physical contact, making it safer and more enjoyable.
“One foot must be in contact with the ground at all times”.
Because the game is more social and slower, players get longer to show their touch, passing and shooting and making the game inclusive for all, fun and enjoyable.
Where can I play Walking Football?
Walking football is played on small-sized pitches (21 meters by 42 meters). Indoors or outdoors on 3G or 4G artificial grass with no walls or barriers. It consists of 6 or 7 players on each team.
The game is growing around the UK at the grassroots level to premier league clubs adopting the sport.
England Transplant Football Association will be engaging clubs to include Transplant recipients 50+ and running U-try hubs.
We will also be partnering with official Walking Football organisations to promote the sport in the Transplant community.
Rules of walking football.
- You must walk, no running
- Teams consist of 5 and 7 players
- No heading allowed. The ball musta remain below a certain height
- There are no throw ins, the ball is kicked or rolled in
- Physical contact is kept to a minimum, no side tackling or from behind
- Only goalkeepers are allowed in the designated penalty area
- There is no offsides
- All free kicks are in-direct
- There are time suspensions for certain infringements, including persistent running
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