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Walking Football has seen a surge in popularity in recent years with teams and projects developing in settings from football clubs, local authorities, community groups, sports clubs and in healthcare settings. Walking Football has the potential to improve people’s lives especially of those aged 50+. Benefits include increased physical activity, improved mental health and wellbeing, access to additional sources of support and the opportunity to form new friendships for those living in isolation.
We're working with the network of Walking Football clubs and groups across Scotland. Take a look at our online map to find a club near you and all the details you need to get in touch with your local team.
Walking football is a variant of association football that is aimed at keeping people aged 50+ involved with football if, due to a lack of mobility or for other reason, they are not able to play the traditional game. The sport can be played both indoors and outdoors.
By no running we mean: “A player whilst moving around the pitch must have one foot in contact with the ground at all times.”
Though based on association football, the key difference in the rules, from standard football, is that if a player runs then they concede a free kick to the other side. This restriction, together with a ban on slide tackles, is aimed both at avoiding injuries and facilitating the playing of the sport by those who are physically disadvantaged. In walking football the game was originally played without goalkeepers (though goalkeepers now play in some variations) and, crucially, the ball must never be kicked above head height (some teams play hip height).
Teams will play different variations of the basic rules but the only real rule is simple - NO RUNNING!
The Scottish Walking Football Network brings together five national organisations to support and enable the development of Walking Football across Scotland whilst measuring its impact. They are Paths for All, Age Scotland, Scottish Association for Mental Health, Scottish Football Association and the Scottish Professional Football League Trust.
The initial aims of the network are to:
If you're interested in Walking Football please contact Billy Singh, Walking Football Development Officer by email or call 01259 218888.