An opportunity has arisen that will see four FA affilated League Represntative sides competing in a round-robin friendly tournament in April 2019. The venue at the moment is expected to play on a 3G pitch, not an enclosed pitch with barriers, possibly based in Middlesex.
Each Walking Football League is to have three teams, an Over 50’s, an Over 60’s and an Over 65’s. Each team is to consist of nine players, six on-field and three ro-ro substitutes. Each age-related team is to have their own tournament. There is to be no mixed age group/team. Each team is to be aged-specific e.g. A player aged 65 and above can only play for the Over 65's side and no other.
To simplify the current selection process each EWFL club/team has been invited to put forward two players from each team to possibly play at this event by no later than the 28th February 2019. This will allow a selection squad get together during March 2019. It should be stressed each nominated player has to be registered on the EWFL’s WGS.
Terry Rice has agreed once again to be the Over 50’s Team Manager, Derek Murr as the Over 65’s Team Manager and a new appointee, Gary Murphy as the Over 60’s Team Manager.
The first tournament is expected to be held during the weekend of the 27th and 28th April 2019 and will include aged-specific teams from the FA affiliated Leagues of Essex, Middlesex, Kent and Birmingham City.
The proposed kit for the EWFL Representative sides can be seen here. These can be purchased for £17.99. The League are looking for a sponsor for the kits.
As we all know the essential elements of grassroots football are the relationships, the team spirit and the fun, with some casual opportunities thrown in, so that we are able to enjoy the beautiful game no matter what our age. As participants we will always have the desire to strive for greatness.
There are now many other walking football teams and walking football leagues in the UK and a great opportunity awaits us. The League has therefore decided to form three Essex Walking Football League Representative sides: an over 50's; an over 60's; an over 65’s, so that we can test Essex’s best against other walking football leagues.
Unless agreed otherwise all matches will be played under the Essex Walking Football League rules. These are based on the FA's original LOTG template and our competition rules have been adjusted to ensure that physical contact is not made in order to win the ball or gain an advantage without taking the ball cleanly and thereby ensuring all game play is fair.
So does this mean there’s representative football for everyone? There is now! So let us not ignore what is now the fastest growing sport in the UK….walking football!
What are the benefits of playing representative football? - As a player, playing representative football for your League or your County allows you to test your ability against some of the best walking football players from other Leagues or Counties during the year. It is a great honour to play in a team, which represents your League or County. Some of us remember what it felt like when we were younger!
How would the the players be selected for the teams? - Dependent on the level of interest, players would be picked through possibly Clubs being asked to refer players for selection. All EWFL clubs/teams must be affilated to their local FA.
How would these teams be funded? We would hope that such an initiative would eventually have the backing of the County FA but we are currently seeking other partnerships and sponsorships to cover our costs, kits and equipment etc.
How would you promote or advertise fixtures? All match details could be posted on this website and via the use of other social media sites.
Why have an Essex Walking Football League Representative Team? – Because you’re never too old to play football!
The Essex Walking Football League Representative Team Managers are:
Over 50's - Terry Rice, Romford WF
Over 60's - Gary Murphy, Chelmsford City WF
Over 65's - Derek Murr, Little Oakley WF
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