Walking Football fest

Walking Football

A slower version of the beautiful game

Walking football is simple. Football, at walking pace

The game is small sided, with no running on or off the ball, very little contact and kick-ins instead of throw-ins. With less stress on the body and no real sudden change of direction or cutting movements the game allows participants to play without apprehension. Walking Football is designed to help the over 50s maintain an active lifestyle, as well as getting those back playing football who had to stop due to injuries.

As the name suggests, Walking Football is football at walking pace and anyone that sprints, runs or jogs while the ball is in play will be penalised with a free-kick awarded to the other team. Despite this, the game is still competitive and play can be extremely tactical favouring those players who take their time and read the read the pitch around them.

Walking football has become increasingly popular and is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle, as well as to support getting people back into football who have stopped due to age or injury.

Due to the recent increase in the popularity of the sport, Hampshire FA has developed a Walking Football Club Licensing Scheme to ensure quality and consistent provision across the county. It is intended that this will lead to an affiliated Hampshire FA Walking Football League offering competitive playing opportunities for the over 50s.

Get In Touch

By Phone: 01256 853000
(8:30am - 5:15pm Monday - Friday)

By Email: Flo.Lunn@HampshireFA.com


Licensed Walking Football Clubs are primarily encouraged to offer weekly turn up and play sessions, allowing participants to join in at a pace and frequency that suits them and without the pressures of committing to playing competitively week in week out. Many of our clubs also incorporate training exercises in preparation for fixtures against other clubs, but the emphasis is on fun and enjoyment, by all, in a supportive and recreational environment.

All Licensed Clubs are supported in working towards various stages of the Licensed Walking Football Club pathway. Working through this pathway opens up various benefits to clubs which will aid their future development.

Firstly you will need to register your interest with Hampshire FA. Please contact Flo Lunn, Recreational Football Development Officer. Flo will be able to guide you through the process and requirements of setting up a club.

Older people in particular have seen many benefits including: lower heart rate and blood pressure, less fat, more muscle and better mobility.

As well as offering health benefits walking Football offers social benefits - the opportunity for participants to meet new people, prevent isolation and create interaction for individuals and small groups.

As well as offering health benefits walking Football offers social benefits - the opportunity for participants to meet new people, prevent isolation and create interaction for individuals and small groups.

The licensed Walking Football Club scheme is in place to create a uniformed approach to one of the fastest growing UK sport's. 

Together, we can all play the same game to the same rules

Together, we can lay the foundations for a future league structure

Together, we can create a safe and sociable format

Together, we can establish an approved and desirable kite marking system which recognises innovation and proactivity in the development of a slower version of the beautiful game.

For the forthcoming 2017/18 season, the Licensing Scheme has been simplified to ensure all groups participating are able to access the same benefits. Clubs are able to affiliate to Hampshire FA, securing benefits such as Public Liability Insurance and access to The FA's Whole Game System to administer their club. Forward-thinking and progressive clubs are able to access further benefits as they progress along the pathway.

Hampshire FA is working with its Licensed Clubs to lay the foundations for "competitive" opportunities designed to suit their needs. Priority entry into any Hampshire FA Festivals will be given to Licensed Walking Football Clubs.

The benefits are actually enormous ; socially you get to meet people over 50. Here at Eastleigh Walking Football Club we even have dinner afterwards. Fitness wise it's good for your heart, it's a good workout without being too strenuous on your joints.
- John Mann, Eastleigh Walking Football Club Learn more

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