With more than 800 walking football clubs across the UK, the FA has now drawn up a standardised rule book. Here’s what you need to know
Why: Conceived in 2011 by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust, walking football aims to inspire the over 50s to get out of their armchairs and back into exercise.
It is accessible to anyone. Walking Football is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle, as well as getting those back playing football who had to stop due to injuries.
How it works: Quite simply, it is football without running that more closely resembles the five-a-side than 11-a-side game.
There are is a penalty of a free-kick whenever players break the walking rule. Other rules – free kicks are indirect, kick-ins replace throws, there are no offsides, the ball must be kept below head height
Benefits: The slower nature of the game allows older players to return to a sport they once loved – but have had no means to get back involved or methods of finding like-minded people. It also is a chance for participants to be able to kick a football again and re-live their years of being part of a team.
Give it a go at:
Playfootball, Tag Lane, Preston, PR2 3TX
Lytham Town, Lytham Town FC, Ballam Rd, Lytham, FY8 4LF
Clayton Green Sports Centre, Chorley, PR6 7TL
Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre
Ewood Park, Blackburn, BB2 4JF