What are the rules in Walking Football




The Kent Walking Football League rules

Rule changes determined at the league meeting on 9/12/2015 are in bold


The league will run from 1st September 2015 to 30th April 2016

Minor infringement of the rules i.e. running/blocking –  Referee to issue a warning to player responsible and award in-direct free kick.

Yellow cards to be shown for poor tackle, hard tackle from behind, sliding tackle, reckless tackle, unacceptable shove/pull, dissent, deliberate handball or poor sportsmanship. Player receiving card to go to sin-bin for 5 minutes duration.

Red cards to be shown for violent conduct, cynical reckless tackle, verbal abuse/profuse swearing or physical assault. Player responsible to be sent from the field and to take no further part in the match.

6 a side by default – Not less than 5 and not more than 7 players as agreed between teams with size of pitch and available players being contributing factors in the spirit of the league when established.

Goalkeeper may only throw using an under arm action. An underarm action is deemed to be a throw where the hand does not exceed the height of the thrower’s shoulder.

20 minutes each way duration – 10 minute half time break which can be shortened if circumstances dictate (pouring with rain etc).

Players must be 50+ years of age.

3 points for a win – 1 for draw – 0 for lose.

No running, jogging – on or off the ball by any player.

Low impact tackling only. No heel, ankle rapping from behind or side.  No slide-ins.

No off-sides.

Corners, kick-ins part of play if pitch possesses touchlines/goal lines & no walls/barriers.

Rebounds off walls, barriers permitted if indoors/no touchlines/goal lines.

No entry into penalty area (except by momentum and no advantage gained).  
Accidental ingress by a defender will carry an indirect free kick 2m outside the area, but a serious move to de-possess/negate a goal scoring opportunity will have a penalty awarded.
  A one step penalty shall be taken from the semi-circle line.

No goalkeeper egress from penalty area, except by momentum, or if sliding forward whilst making a save & carried self out (ball and upper body still inside area). Should a keeper leave the area to make a save/tackle/negate a goal scoring opportunity – a penalty is awarded.
  A one step penalty shall be taken from the semi-circle line.

Ingress of an attacking player into the penalty area will result in goalkeeper’s possession.

All free kicks are indirect

2 meter exclusion distance on opponent player from ball from free kicks, kick-ins.

Offensive free kicks near penalty area line move ball back 2 mtrs (allows defenders to position themselves between ball & goal).

Ball head height restriction on all kicks, goalkeeper throws, deflections, or crossbar height if the crossbar is above tallest player.

Ball deflected or saved by the keeper above head height is goalkeeper’s possession.

Goalkeeper may receive back passes and may either use feet or pick up & throw to put ball back in play.

Goalkeeper must wear a shirt or bib that distinguishes from others.

No holding onto walls/barrier to block or shield ball.

Unlimited flexi subs – any time, any player.

No goal direct from kick-offs, kick-ins, drop balls, goalkeeper’s kick, throw, clearance.

Goals can be scored from any outfield position.

If ball out of play across barrier – kick-in to team not touching ball last before it crossed barrier, 2 mtrs in from barrier.

Home side to supply ref and any costs incurred for the ref. If an official ref is unavailable, provided both teams agree, one can be allotted on the day.

There will be an open transfer window between 20th December 2015 to the 3rd January 2016. This will allow clubs with 2 teams to move players from their A teams to their B teams and vice-versa, and also players to move from club to club.

All clubs should carry a first aid kit to matches.

It has been decided that if, on the day, a team turns out a player short, rather than abandon the game, if both teams agree, one player can be borrowed from the opposing team to make a decent game. This could happen for a number of reasons but mainly that no-one would take much pleasure from winning a game against an under strength side.





Modified Rules for non-competition Walking Football


A goalkeeper may not leave the penalty area.  Should they do so the opposing team receives a direct free kick from the penalty spot.

A goalkeeper is only permitted to leave the confines of their area if agreed at the start (e.g. because attendance numbers are low).

The goalkeeper is permitted to receive back passes.  They may opt either to kick the ball out of the area or pick it up and throw it.

A goalkeeper is only permitted to throw the ball out of the area with an under arm motion.  Should they throw the ball with an over arm action a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team from the penalty spot.

A goalkeeper cannot score direct from the penalty area unless the ball has struck or deflected off another player on the pitch.

In non-competition format, after a goal has been conceded the goalkeeper of that team may restart play by a throw-in or kick-in instead of having the game restarted from the centre spot.

In non-competition, the game may incorporate a two-touch format.

In non-competition, the game can adopt a strict non-contact policy where any close proximity contact or tackling may result in a direct free kick to the opposing team.

If a height restriction on the ball is in effect, only deliberate kicks or throws over the set height are penalised with indirect free kicks.  Deflections causing the ball to rise above the set height are deemed accidental and not penalised.

Players may not hold onto walls or barriers to assist holding up or shielding the ball.  An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team of a player who infringes this rule.

Any of the options above can be utilised to suit the participants’ preferences, on a game-by-game basis.

In Competition Matches the Rules set out for such games must be adhered to.  Exceptions to these rules may arise due to the constraints of the venues themselves – i.e. low ceiling, no barriers, open pitch (corners, kick-ins).  These exceptions must be made known to all participants prior to play.