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Modified Rules for Walking Football
The Football Association has released the Laws of the Game for Walking Football that
will apply in FA sanctioned competitive matches.
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 permitted to leave the confines of their area (if agreed at the start,
or 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.
Bend-downGoal kicks are awarded to the defending team if the ball crosses over the
goal line – which do not allow play to continue if the ball rebounds off the goal
line wall. Defenders may not intentionally kick the ball behind the goal line to
gain the advantage of a goalkeeper kick-in. In non-competition matches where this
ruling is applied, play may continue as per normal, or a 3-pass rule before a scored
goal is permitted, can be applied.
Corner kicks are an option that can be adopted as a playing format.
Goals may only be scored in the attacking half.
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 penalise
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
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.
Competition games concise rules
20 minutes each way duration (reduce to 15 mins if playing consecutive games, 10
minutes if 3 or more games)