This site is the official on-line home for the Essex Walking Football League. Whilst, it is predominantly for the current season, we would like to expand it by including historical items; these may be match reports, photographs or news etc.
If anyone would like any further information about the league and any other walking football opportunities in Essex, please contact Jake Stephenson at Essex County FA on Jake.Stephenson@essexfa,com or call 01245 393099.
Essex County FA Refereeing Walking Football Workshops
The Essex County FA will be running a Refereeing Walking Football Workshop on Monday, the 18th February 2019:
Venue: Beauchamps High School, Beauchamps Drive, Wickford, SS11 8LY
Course Dates: Monday, 18th February 2019
Course Times: 7pm to 9:30pm
People are now able to book onto the Essex County FA Refereeing Walking Football Workshop here. This workshop is limited to 15 spaces but a further one is expected to be run in April/May time for those who weren’t able to book the first time around. So it is a case of first come - first served! Essex County FA has confirmed that people who book onto the workshop won’t need to do the FA Safeguarding Children Workshop. NB: The 18th February 2019 Workshop is now full - please contact Lukas.Wood@essexfa.com for further details on the next Workshop.
Essex Walking Football League To Issue Updated Rules
Following on from some of the views about the EWFL’s ‘Laws of the Game’ that were expressed at the EWFL AGM and in the light of the latest version of the FA’s Laws, the Committee has reviewed the Leagues' current set of rules and made some revisions. A copy of the revised set of rules have been sent to all EWFL Referees and to members clubs for their views. It is the League's intention to publish the revised set of rules at the beginning of February 2019 to allow referees and players sufficient time to absorb the changes in advance of the start of the 2019 season, which is the 1st March 2019.
Essex Walking Football League Divisions To Be Regionalised
Due to the responses received from its recent questionnaire and to further reduce costs for both the League itself and for the clubs/teams, the League's Rules Committee ('Committee') plan to split the Over 50s and Over 60s Leagues into North and South regions from Season 2019, commencing 1st March 2019. The composition of these Divisions will be based upon the responses to a survey sent to each club/team and will facilitate a broadly balanced number of teams in each regional Division.
There will be a ‘Champions’ mini-League of four teams comprising the top two teams from each regional Division to decide who will be the overall winner and runners-up of each Aged-related Competition. This will be completed at one event at a central location. The overall winner and runners-up of each competition will be determined by the final result of each mini-League. Shields and medals will be presented at that event.
The Committee feels that by making the split they will be aligning the EWFL to what other County FA's are doing in respect of their WF Leagues. The Committee also hope that the new structure will attract other WF teams to the EWFL who have been put off by the need to travel considerable distances associated with it's current structure.
Each club/team that has expessed an interest in joining the League for Season 2019 have been sent an invitation to join a region and they have been asked the clubs/teams to confirm that they are content with their allocation. It should be noted that the number of teams indicatively assigned to the South Division is slightly higher than those assigned to the North. Each team/club has been asked If they have a preference and will be allocated accordingly.
At present the Committee anticipates that there will only be the one Over 65s League. However, it is hoped that they will be able to attract further North Essex teams before the 31st January 2019 club registration deadline so that this Division can also be split into North/South regions.
The League Knockout Cup and the Charitable Trophy will adopt the same structure as Season 2018 and both are to be played as separate events.
It should be noted that the League's Chairman is currenly in negoitation with at least four other venues that are based in the North of the County and will continue to look for other suitable venues.
Essex Walking Football League Are Looking For A Sponsor
The Essex Walking Football League Management Committee are looking for a sponsor for the League from Season 2019 onwards. If you are aware of a company that may be interested in sponsoring us please ask them to contact the EWFL Chairman Derek Murr by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Expression of Interest Form for Season 2019
Go to our 'Our Documents' page to download. NB: Season 2019 begins 1st March 2019. NB: Expression of Interest forms are to be received by the League by no later than the 31st January 2019. It is hoped that we receive sufficient interest from clubs/teams to split each aged Division into North and South regions. As from the 1st January 2019 there is an online application form on the 'Our Documents' page.
All current registered clubs/teams will be required to confirm their re-entry into the League by the 31st January 2019. If a current EWFL club wishes to enter a further team in any EWFL Division they need to specify the Division that they wish to enter that team into.
All new clubs/teams should contact email@example.com to discuss the setting-up and affiliation process. NB: All Expression of Interest forms are emailed directly to the EWFL Chairman, Derek Murr at firstname.lastname@example.org
Accredited Venues Applications Sought For 2019
The EWFL Management Committee is seeking bids from clubs to host EWFL Competition fixtures around the County of Essex for the 2019 season, which starts on the 1st March 2019 and ends on the 31st October 2019. They are particularly interested in venues North of the County. Go to 'Our Accredited Venues' web page for further details. NB: All applications are to be emailed directly to the EWFL Chairman, Derek Murr at email@example.com
Essex Walking Football League Competition Rules 2019
To come in line with the revised FA's LOTG's and changes to the EWFL League Competition Rules our 'Documents' will be amended. No significant changes are expected. All current 2018 and 2019 forms/policies/rules etc are on our 'Documents' page. The EWFL are keen to hear from clubs regarding any suggestions that they feel will improve the current competition rules by contacting the Management Committee by emailing the EWFL Chairman, Derek Murr at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the difference between Law and Competition Rules? - Law allows for variances in certain aspects of the game (i.e. type of ball or length of match) that can be determined by a specific competition underneath their own set of rules in order to unify the format of matches within that particular competition. Very simply, laws should be applied consistently wherever the game is played whereas competition rules allow for some flexibility and local variance where appropriate to do so.
Want To Have A Say On How the League is Run?
The Essex Walking Football League ('EWFL') are looking for volunteers to join the League's Management Committee. Candidates do not need to be a EWFL registered player or be aged over 50. As with other League Committee roles it is voluntary. With the expected increase in the size of each EWFL Division next season it will increase workload for all current three Committee members! Go to 'Our Team' for the list of vacancies and current Committee members.
All applications should be emailed directly to the EWFL Chairman, Derek Murr at email@example.com
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"We all should find something we love and enjoy doing – walking football is an excellent recreational sport and joining a team in the Essex Walking Football League may provide that opportunity to re-live some of those childhood memories (but don't forget the walking!)"