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Walking Football is alive in Western Australia. See the flyer.

Local experiments and refinement since 2012 and the recent advent of leagues and international events overseas has led to Football West working with clubs and initiatives to make our game enjoyable and accessible to a wider section of the community.

This exciting new format is increasing inclusion and participation levels, drawing people seeking a social and active lifestyle, retaining players considering hanging up their boots and adding to health and wellbeing of the community. Older persons and people with reduced mobility and fitness are especially encouraged to try it out and see if it is a good fit for them.

Modest fees apply for players insurance, referees, venue, etc.

If you are keen to take the first step contact one of the active clubs or send an email to gordon.duus@footballwest.com.au with name and suburb to be kept updated on local events and progress.

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.

2019 Competition Information

Expressions of interest open for teams in 2019 competition, which will proceed on the back of strong interest.

Mix-gender teams will play 6-a-side matches with 3 interchangeable substitutes and minimum 4 players aged 50+ on the pitch at any time.

Modest fees apply for players insurance, referees, venue, etc.

Fixtures will be published soon for the first 10-week inter-club competition kicking off late-April, ending late-June!

Laws of Walking Football (revised 2018)

Summary of special rules, designed to keep the game safe, fair and flowing:

  • blue card and 2-minute sin-bin keeps field players to ‘one foot on the ground at all times’ and keeps the game friendly
  • no off-side
  • goalkeeper is the only person allowed in a ‘D’ area and must remain inside
  • ball must remain below 6-foot (183cm) height and no heading
  • free kicks close to the ‘D’ are taken back 2-metres from the line
  • from dead-ball starts opposition players must respect 2-metre distance
  • from dead ball starts the ball must touch a third player before the first player can play it again
  • goalkeeper throws ball in underarm
  • most breaches result in indirect free-kicks to opposition

Football West Walking Football North Competition

Football West Walking Football South Competition

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.

Participation Opportunities and Club Support

Separate to the ongoing competition, ‘Walkshops’ allow clubs and players discover, enjoy and learn are delivered around Perth and regional Western Australia. Football West provides this service to clubs 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.

News:

  • Forrestfield Walkshop set for Wednesday 27 March in Forrestfield – see flyer
  • Maccabi FC Walkshops set for Tuesday 9 April and Sunday 28 April in Yokine – 9 April flyer
  • 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.

 

Ongoing Participation Locations:

Quinns FC – Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Gumblossom Park, Gumblossom Drive, Quinns Rocks. Contact Steve Alderson on 0423 759 950.

Wanneroo Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 8:30 pm at Kingsway Reserve, Hepburn Avenue, Landsdale. Hosted by Wanneroo City Soccer Club located at Hepburn Avenue end of Kingsway Sporting Complex. Contact Paul Thoroughgood on 0417 956 430.

More coming soon.

Resources:

Forrestfield United 27 March walkshop flyer

Maccabi 9 April walkshop

Wanneroo City SC flyer

Fox Fives Futsal Walking Flyer

See youtube.com for videos of Walking Football

Media Items:

Announcement on major Australia-wide project (2019)

Walking at Mandurah (2018)

Walking at Wanneroo (2018)

Pilot Walking Football Day Success (2016)