What is the National Walking Football program?
The National Walking Football programs are run in partnership with Active Ageing Australia and Member Federations offering a social, small-sided and sustainable version of football specifically modified for older Australians.
Walking Football focuses on passing rather than speed/running; flexible with its formats and accessible to the community and prospective players and highlights the health, well-being and social benefits of regular football and exercise activities for older people.
Northern NSW Football in conjunction with our zones and clubs, will offer programs catering to those aged 50 years and over.
What is Walking Football?
It is low-impact, team-based exercise, utilising the defined ‘Walking Football Rules and Formats,’ specifically non-contact, with players ‘always having one foot on the ground’ and, however not limited to:
- Matches are played with modified formats (5v5/6v6) on smaller pitches with shortened game time.
- Running is not allowed.
- A participant always has to have one foot on the ground.
- It is a non-contact version of the game.
- The ball cannot be kicked above head height.
- No heading of the ball.
- There are no ‘referees’ keeping competitiveness to a minimum.
- The focus is on fun and making friends.
Walking Football aims to promote positive physical & mental health benefits, social connectedness and the benefits of ongoing physical activity.
Where can you play?
If Walking Football sounds like something you want to get involved in, and you can’t find a location near you below. Click the button at the bottom of the page. Players register individually with teams formed on the day or night.
For more information, contact Michelle Forbes at Northern NSW Football email@example.com