Walking Football

PDF Print


Walking Football1Walking Football in Scotland


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.


Our support for Walking Football Scotland

Paths for All supports the development of walking football in Scotland, in partnership with the Age Scotland, SAMH, SFA and the SPFL Trust.

Our support has included funding a development officer and this has led to the establishment of Walking Football Scotland - a charity set up to improve, maintain and promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of older adults through Walking Football.

You can find out more about Walking Football Scotland online, including how to set up a new Walking Football group and become part of their network.

Find a Walking Football Club near you

There are Walking Football clubs from Orkney to the Scottish Borders and lots of places in between. If you are interested in taking part, you can find your local club on the Walking Football Scotland website.

What is Walking Football?

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!


© 2014 Paths for All - Registered Scottish Charity No: SC025535, Company Limited by Guarantee No: 168554 inc. 19 Sept 1996 at Companies House, Edinburgh