A - 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.
A - 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 (mental and physical)… 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.
A - 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.
A - 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.
A - Walking football was conceived in 2011 in the UK, and is now very popular throughout the whole of Europe, for example in the Algarve.
A - The rules are:
No physical contact.
No slide tackling or tackling from behind, tackling is allowed but done without contact.
No ball above head height.
No offside or corners.
No players from either side allowed inside the goalkeepers box.
The goalkeeper is not allowed outside of his box (punishable by a penalty).
The goalkeeper to deliver the ball either by under hand or by kicking.
Throw ins are kick ins.
All discrepancies are punishable by an indirect free kick with opposing players at least 2 meters away from the ball.
A - The benefits are:
Enjoyment and fun.
Improve health ( both mental and physical ), fitness and well-being.
Becoming more active in later years.
Meet new people, make new friends.
A feeling of belonging (to something ).
An activity suitable for anyone and everyone.