Walking Football is a unique armature sport, created in 2011. It is much like 5-a-side, but without the physical demands of regular football. As suggested by the name there is no running.
The main rules are:
- No running or jogging on/off the ball
- No physical contact
- The ball is not allowed above head height
- No heading
- No slide tackling
- No tackling from behind
- All free-kicks are indirect
- Players defending free-kicks must be 3 metres away
- Players can only take one step before taking a free-kick or penalty
- All players must wear shin pads.
Who can play?
Inspired to promote the physical and mental well-being of the over-50s. Its popularity has seen the game expand to younger age groups, as a brilliant way for people with health conditions or recovering from an injury to continue exercising. At AFC Totton, we run an open session with mixed teams of all ages.
How to get started
You may have not kicked a football in years, let alone worn a full kit. Don’t worry, players of Walking Football can wear anything they are comfortable in. (so long as it is appropriate).
The only stipulation we have is that you wear shin pads as an extra layer of protection to further reduce the likelihood of an injury.
We recommend loose-fitting shorts t-shirt and trainers. Although you might want to think about purchasing a part of football shoes to give you a competitive edge.
There are many benefits associated with Walking Football. With so much to gain, we can’t see a reason you would want to join.
Exercise helps the body produce dopamine (the happy hormone). Players of Walking Football report gaining high levels of personal reward and satisfaction.
Walking Football has been proven to improve the health of the people who play. Including reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Players have also seen improvements in posture, balance, reactions, blood pressure, cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and more.
As we age our social groups grow smaller. Walking Football is an amazing, active community. Build friendships and grow your social circles.
Gain a sense of purpose
We are all about community at AFC Totton. Come join us to build purpose into your exercise and social routines.
At AFC Totton, we play on an enclosed all-weather pitch or the Multiple Use Games Area (MUGA) on Thursday and Friday mornings between 10 – 11:30. The current group are predominantly aged in their late-60s to mid-70s. Including Louise Gardner our ‘Lost Linoness’, a former Southampton Ladies player who represented England in the first Women's World Cup tournament in Mexico in 1971.
For more information or to take part, please contact the Club Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org