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.