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Essex Walking Football League Representative Sides

You’re Never Too Old To Play For Your League!

EWFL Representative Sides' News

Proposal Being Sent to Other FA Affiliated Walking Football Leagues


The Essex Walking Football League are sending invitations out to all known FA  affiliated Walking Football Leagues seeking interest in a possible regional League Representative side competition. The EWFL are looking initially to play friendlies with other like-minded Leagues and a decision regarding the formation of any regional leagues or regional cup competitions be decided upon at a later date. Discussions with Essex County FA have already taken place and they have indicated if there is sufficient interest they would support such an initiative. It is hoped that other County FA’s would follow. A copy has also been sent to Andy Dyke of the Football Association.

Responses Received From:
Birmingham County West Midlands Walking Football League
Derbyshire Walking Football League
French Walking Football Federation ('Footschem')
International Walking Football Federation (IWFF)
Kent Walking Football League (non-FA affiliated)
TRA National League Midlands
TRA National League South
WFA South East England

Games Played Verses:

Birmingham County West Midlands Walking Football League

French Walking Football Federation ('Footschem')International 

Kent Walking Football League (non-FA affiliated)

Once the selection of each EWFL Rep team is complete the Committee will be arranging friendly games against suitable opposition. It is expected that each each Walking Football League team will 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. Whenever possible each age-related team will have their own tournament. There will 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, this includes the goalkeeper.


To simplify the current selection process each EWFL club/team was invited to put forward two players from each team. It should be stressed that each nominated player has to be registered on the EWFL’s FA Whole Game System.


The EWFL Representative Team Managers are shown below.


The proposed kit for the EWFL Representative sides can be seen here.  These can be purchased for £17.99. 

Why Have An EWFL Representative Side?

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 - Damian O'Reilly and Bill Sedgwick (Acting)

Over 60's - Gary Murphy and Peter Osborne

Over 65's - Derek Murr and Terry Buck

EWFL Over 60's Squad

Name Club Squad No:
Chris Jullings Chelmsford City 1
Mark Elnaugh Chelmsford City 3
Steve Hammond Little Oakley 4
Dave Hampson Wakering WF 5
Bob Hodges Eastwood Falcons 6
Mick Mullins Leyton Orient 7
Peter Osborne Southend WF 8
Trevor Ridley Leyton Orient 9
Dave Roast Chelmsford City 10
Brendan Still Southend WF 11
Dave Williams Romford WF 12
Paul Pinch Wakering WF 14

EWFL Over 65's Squad

Name Club Squad No:
Alan Kumrou Romford WF 1
Paul Taylor Leyton Orient 2
Dave Audley Grays Athletic 3
John Bell Eastwood Falcons 4
Neil Woodward Little Oakley 5
Tony Brooks Leyton Orient 6
Billy Tyrrell Little Oakley 7
Brian Topham Harwich Hornets 8
Pino Schisano Wakering WF 9
Colin Haydon Chelmsford City 10
Mark Hughes Eastwood Falcons 11
Gerry Schneider Leyton Orient 12
Jim Prophet Chelmsford City 14
Eddie Smith Clacton Knights 15
Alan Day Little Oakley 16
Bob Harper Harwich Hornets 17
John Burkett Wakering WF 18
Terry Buck  Chelmsford City 19
Peter Sallows Harwich Hornets 20
Edward Melvin Chelmsford City 21

EWFL Over 50’s Squad

Name Club Squad No:
Cliff Brooks Clacton Knights 1
Paul Wells Wakering WF 2
Macdonald Oniefe Wakering WF 3
Paul Hunt Chelmsford City 4
Bill Sedgwick Chelmsford City 5
Tony Sullivan Leyton Orient 6
Mick Harris Romford WF 7
Paul Cooke Southend WF 8
Terry Chopping Southend WF 9
Damain O'Reilly Romford WF 10
Jake Zelkowicz Leyton Orient 11
Steve Ham JPS Clacton 12

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