Mission Statement

To promote and develop the sport of Transplant Football and the development of persons interested in the sport primarily across England, but not excluding Wales.

ETFA will provide any person who has received an organ donation, Stem-Cell or Bone Marrow transplant the opportunity to access Transplant Football at a grassroots, club and national level.

To maintain the organisation’s non-profit status and provide funds to allow the above operations to function where required.


Walking Football

Walking Football

Walking Football

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.

Where Can I find a local Walking Football club near me?

You can visit the Walking Football Association website to find a local club near you at thewfa.co.uk.

Or find a provider at your local County Football Association at www.englandfootball.com.

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

Walking Football Contact

Bernard Capper

  • Development Officer
  • bernard.capper@transplantfootball.com
  • Manchester City Hub

Event Hours(1)

  • Friday

    11.00 - 12.00

    Manchester Tennis Centre, Etihad Campus, 9 Sportcity Way, Manchester M11 3DU
    Free and open to all transplant recipients aged 40+ (Women) and 50+ (Men).