Clevedon Town AFC - Walking Football Rules

    Any running will be a free kick to the opposition

  • Examples of running which will result in a free kick:
    • Running off the ball to receive the ball
    • Running to close down a player
    • Running to chase a ball down into space
    • Initial run before moving into a new space

    The ball will be kicked in if it goes out of play

    The keeper may pick up the ball after a back pass, and must release the ball back into play within 4 seconds

    The keeper shall not kick out of hand

    No balls to be played or deflected over cross-bar height.  Ball is dead over this height. Free kick to opposition from point where ball was kicked/ last-touched.  If a shot was obviously going above cross-bar height, it is goalies’ ball.  If the goalie deflects it above cross bar height and it goes out of play, it is a corner.  If the goalie deflects it upwards and it stays in play in his area, it remains goalies ball as the goalie has more leeway in making a save than defenders do on deflections.  If a defender deflects it above goal height, then it is a free kick to the attacker where the deflection took place.

    No sliding tackles

    Goalkeeper is not allowed outside his zone and others are not allowed in.

    There is no offside rule

    All free kicks are indirect

    Referee’s decision is final (Respect)

    People of all ages / abilities are welcome to the sessions as long as they play in the spirit of walking football.  There should be minimal contact - safety of players is paramount.  Those seeking a more physical / higher intensity experience should consider conventional veterans’ football. All players are asked to play in an inclusive fashion:        

  • No “showboating”
  • Adopting a passing/ moving style of game
  • Aiming to include team members of all abilities in the game by allowing them reasonable touches and time on the ball
  • Not playing in an overtly physical manner (shoulder barging / shoving etc)
  • From time to time players may be asked to play, for short periods, in a neutral role, or be conditioned (e.g. limited number of touches) to ensure full participation and enjoyment for all.
  • Players should be willing to play in a variety of positions, so everyone gets an all-round experience.
  • Emphasis should be on skill rather than pace to ensure all can participate.