Q - Why does the EWFL have different rules to the FA's Laws of The Game (for walking football)?
A - The FA's LOTG's 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. The changes the EWFL Rules Committee made were built upon our experiences last season, views expressed at the EWFL AGM and our consultations with EWFL referees. We have, as far as possible, aligned our rules with those published by the FA. However, players’ health, safety and welfare remain of paramount importance to us and our rules reflect this virtue.
Q - Is there a set day and time of the week for games?
A - Over 60's and Over 65's fixtures are played on a Tuesday, or a Wednesday or on a Thursday. Kick off times are at 10:00am or 10:30am or 11:00am. This is dependent on where a venue is located and the travelling distance of teams. Over 50's are played on a Saturday or Sunday as most over 50's players work during the week. All EWFL tournaments are held at accredited venues and usually last about three hours to allow for food and a drink at the venue afterwards.
Q - How many can play in a team?
A - A team is made of six on-field players (at any one time) with a maximum of three ro-ro subs i.e. nine players on the team sheet.
Q - How long does each game go on for?
A - Each game can be a minimum of 15 mins or to a maximum of 20 mins. The total playing time for a tournament is dependent on the size of the Division that a team/club is playing in. From Season 2019 onwards there will be a two minute half-time break.
Q - How long is the Season?
A - The Season runs from the 1st March to the 31st October. From Season 2019 onwards there will be a month's break in August.
Q - How is the League structured?
A - The League currently has three Divisions: An Over 50's (for players aged between 50 and 60 years old); An Over 60's (for players aged between 60 and 65 years old); An Over 65's (for players aged 65 plus).
Q - As the League structure contains age-related Divisions can an individual aged 50 plus play in all of the EWFL Divisions?
A - No. Players aged 65 plus can play in all three Divisions. Players aged 60 plus but not aged 65 can play in the Over 60's and Over 50's but not in the Over 65's. Players aged 50 plus but not aged 60 can only play in the Over 50's with one exception - a goalkeeper, who can play in all three Divisions.
Q - Essex is a big County, there seems a possibility of long journeys, has the League thought about having a North and South Division?
A - Having a North and South Division across each age range has always been our intention but has been dependent on how many teams joined the League and where they were located. Based upon current interest (October 2018) a North and South Division for each current age-related Division from the 2019 season, looks likely. We are always looking for accredited venues, in particular North and West of the County for Season 2019 onwards.
Q - The league is affilated to the Essex County FA. Why is that?
A - From day one, we decided that this League was going to be affilated to the Football Association as they are the National Governing Body for football, which in our opinion includes 'walking football'. We will continue to work with the Football Association and our own County FA in promoting walking football in Essex. This of course means all clubs and teams wishing to play in the EWFL are required to be affilated to their local FA and all players must be registered with the EWFL on the FA's Whole Game System prior to playing in any EWFL fixture.
Q - What is the 'Fair Play' League?
A - More details on how this is run can be found on our 'Fair Play League' web page. Whilst, we expect a degree of competiveness we will not tolerate a ‘win at all costs’ mentality, any degree of overzealousness from players or teams or bad behavior. Good sportsmanship is expected from all involved. "We Only Do Positive."
Q - Is there a league membership fee?
A - It was agreed at the November 2018 AGM that teams will need to pay a £50.00 league membership fee from Season 2019. It was agreed that this fee will be reviewed annually at each AGM thereafter.
Q - What do you mean by 'competitive'?
A - Our intentions are to provide competitive opportunities with no contact between its players. We do not promote a ‘win at all costs’ attitude. We want to cultivate an all inclusive environment in, which players can enjoy themselves. We believe the whole concept of Walking Football is to help others to become more mobile and physically fit and to expand their social circles.
Essex Walking Football League
16 St. Denis Close
Essex CO12 3SX
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"Age is just a number in this game."
"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!)"