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What is “Walking Football”?

Walking Football is a team sport for those who want to stay active in older age.

Walking football is becoming increasingly popular. It is a standard game of football where players walk instead of run.

It is designed to help people get fit or maintain an active lifestyle no matter what their age and fitness, as well as support people getting back into football if they have given it up due to age or injury.

For whom and what are the benefits?

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

And it is not just health benefits… walking football also offers social benefits. Participants can meet new people, avoid isolation, and interact with individuals and small groups.

This is a sporting activity that is suitable for everyone.

How and where is it played?

Walking Football is played indoors or outdoors, and players are not allowed to run, with the ball or without the ball, as well as jogging.

You can walk as fast as you want and walk as described in the rules: “one foot must be in contact with the ground at all times.”

Another big difference from association or 5-a-side football is that it is classified as a contact-less sport. While tackling is allowed, it should be done without contact.


What makes it different?

The main difference, as the name suggests, is that there is no running.

The purpose of this activity is more than physical, also intending to integrate and coexist in favour of a more active ageing.

For more see FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

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