WHAT IS WALKING FOOTBALL?
Walking Football is an exciting new format of football where the concept is simple – it’s normal football but you must walk!
This exciting new and fun format is helping Football West in make our game enjoyable and accessible to a wider section of the community. This not only increases inclusion and participation levels, but helps those seeking a social and active lifestyle, retaining players considering hanging up their boots and adding to health and well-being of the community.
Football West runs walking football programs for those in need, such as the elderly or disabled. Social Walking Football, open to more participants are run through Kick It Walking Football Hubs.
See the user-friendly guide to the benefits of Walking Football.
WHERE DO I SIGN UP?
If you would like to conduct a ‘Walkshop’ at your club or organisation contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register head to www.playfootball.com.au.
Note: Existing and new participants will need a football account.
WHERE TO PLAY WALKING FOOTBALL
Football West regularly runs both ‘Walkshops’ and supports ongoing social hubs, both of which are very accessible and suitable for those of all abilities.
2020 Competition – details to be advised
Daytime Social Hubs
For ages 50+, all skill and experience levels, qualified coaching with a safe, sociable and enjoyable session.
Rockingham – Mondays and Thursdays in 2020 from late January on. Location Autumn Park (Rockingham Autumn Centre green space) on McNicholl Street. Bring a drink bottle, wear sporty shoes and comfortable clothing for outdoors play. Just $5 per session.
Floreat – see above under Competitions heading
Iluka – Wednesdays returning February 2020, location Iluka Sports Complex, Miami Beach Promenade, Iluka. Bring a drink bottle, wear sporty shoes and comfortable clothing for outdoors play. Just $5 per session.
More to be announced.
Curtin University Football Club – Tuesdays, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Outdoors at Curtin Stadium, building 111, (entry off Kent Street, Bentley)
Kelmscott Roos Soccer Club
Frye Park, Clifton Street, Kelmscott
Mandurah City FC (soon returning from off-season)
Contact Di Eldridge via 0411 041 553 / email@example.com
Quinns FC – Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Gumblossom Park, Gumblossom Drive, Quinns Rocks
Contact Steve Alderson on 0423 759 950.
Wanneroo City SC – Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 8:30 pm (see flyer)
Wanneroo City Soccer Club, Kingsway Reserve, Hepburn Avenue, Landsdale.
Hosted by Wanneroo City Soccer Club located at Hepburn Avenue end of Kingsway Sporting Complex
Contact David Udy on 0476 404 570.
‘Walkshops’ allow clubs and players to discover, enjoy and learn and are delivered around Perth and regional Western Australia.
Football West provides this service to clubs, groups and organisations free of charge with all welcome to attend, participate, join the discussion and enjoy an event with a difference!
Participants should wear comfortable sporty shoes and clothes and bring a drink bottle.
Sorrento Walkshop – Saturday March 7, 6 to 6:30pm at Percy Doyle Reserve, Duncraig.
FIND OUT MORE
If you are keen to take the first step in playing, conducting a ‘Walkshop’ at your organisation or learning a little bit more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WALKING FOOTBALL NEWS
2018 Walking Football Carnival – Wrap-up. See news item.
Saturday 20 October 2018, a short Walkshop for prospective players led in to the free event featuring 10 minute halves matches in round-robin format culminating in a top-2 final. Champions Quinns FC won the penalty shoot-out following a dramatic full-time 1-1 final. Participants left with eager anticipation for the next challenges and challengers.
- Subiaco Walkshop Friday 6 September, in Shenton Park a success with 11+ players keen to continue!
- Forrestfield Walkshop Wednesday 27 March in Forrestfield a success with 18 players and great feedback!
- Interactive Display at 2018 Seniors Recreation Council WA Expo a success; check out some of the action photos from the day.
- Peel Walkshop Friday 8 March in Mandurah a success with 21 players and great feedback!
- Ashfield Walkshop Monday 18 March saw 9 players have a great experience.
- Announcement on major Australia-wide project (2019)
- Walking at Mandurah (2018)
- Walking at Wanneroo (2018)
- Pilot Walking Football Day Success (2016)
RESOURCES & RULES
Please note, even with reduced speed, minimal impact and positive health benefits for most in Walking Football, we urge people considering participating with serious health issues or previous injuries to consult their physician to seek medical clearance before playing.
Summary of special rules, designed to keep the game safe, fair and flowing:
Walking Rule: Walking is defined as always having at least one foot in contact with the ground, never having both feet off the ground at once. The referee will award a direct free kick against any player who is seen to be not walking.
Height of Ball Restrictions: A height restriction is set at a designated height of 6ft (1.83metres), above which an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the opposing team. The exception to this rule shall be when the ball rises above the designated height restriction resulting from a save or block performed by a goalkeeper. Play should continue in this circumstance.
Additional Applicable Infringements
A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offences:
- Deliberately heading or handling the ball;
- Attempting a ‘Slide Tackle’ in an attempt to win the ball;
- Playing the ball from the ground; and
- Kicks, Trips or Strikes (or attempts to) an opponent.
- Furthermore, the below offenses will be deemed punishable should they be deemed by the Referee/Game Leader in a manner considered to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:
- Shoulders, pushes, lunges at an opponent; and
- Tackles an opponent (deemed careless or with excessive force)