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 EWFL Accredited Venues

Essex Walking Football League are seeking bids to host competitions For the 2020 Season


The EWFL Management Committee is seeking bids from clubs to host EWFL Competition fixtures around the County of Essex including the five London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest for the 2020 season, which will start in March 2020 and finish in October 2020. There is a month’s break in August 2020.


For a venue or playing facility to achieve accredited status, a venue (and the tournament organiser) must:

  • Have the use of an outdoor 3G or 4G or any ‘caged’ (enclosed area) 3G pitch that includes a boundary run-off and has the pitch area clearly marked.
  • Be able to accommodate at least 18 six-a-side games per tournament across at least three pitches. From Season 2019 This is now dependent on the size the Division.
  • Ensure the pitches and goal areas can be marked out to the criteria as set out in the current EWFL Rules Section 2, Law 1.
  • Have access to a club house for social purposes and therefore be able to provide food and drink (this is optional from Season 2019 but must supply tea or coffee and biscuits at the very least) after EWFL tournaments.
  • Have an approved first-aider available on site on match days. The first-aider must hold at least a current certificate from either the FA Emergency Aid (EA) or St. John's Ambulance at Work (EFAW).
  • Have access to and have a member available that is able to use a defibrillator on a match day and be aware of its immediate location.
  • Have the use of at least two dressing/changing rooms with showers.
  • Have the use of adequate car parking facilities on a match day. NB: Hosts are to ensure that that the car park can accommodate a large number of vehicles.
  • Be able to accommodate EWFL fixtures either during week days or at weekends.
  • Be able to provide equipment e.g. match balls and bibs (if necessary) as set out in the current EWFL Rules Section 2, Law 2.
  • Be able to co-ordinate with the County FA or the EWFL’s Referees Sectrtary so as to provide suitably FA qualified or FA validated Referees who must have a full understanding and interpretation of current match day competition rules for all EWFL games/fixtures.

The following type of pitches are excluded:

  • Any five-a-side ‘caged’ (enclosed area) pitch. A ‘caged’ (enclosed area) pitch means one that has no boundary run-off and is enclosed by barriers of fences and the barriers or fences are used as markings or boundaries of the playing area.
  • Any type of grass pitch.
  • Any astro pitch that contains sand or that may contain any other type of abrasive material or being unable to drain away any surface water. (these are excluded from Season 2019.)
  • Any outdoor pitch that may contain abrasive materials e.g. tarmac or concrete.

Essex Walking Football League Events Banner


​The EWFL pop-up display banner ('banner') as shown below:

Remains the property of the EWFL and MUST be on display at the venue during any EWFL fixture/tournament. This may include public relations events to promote the EWFL.

The accredited venue and tournament organiser are responsible for the condition of the banner and should they fail to return the banner or return it in a damaged state when requested to do so are responsible for the cost of a replacement or its repair. 

If you believe you have the use of a venue that complies with the above please contact the EWFL League Chairman, Derek Murr by email at

How To Find Our Accredited Venues 2019

The McCullochs Arena

Harlow Town Football Club

Elizabeth Way, Harlow

Essex CM19 5BE

Type of Pitch: 3G

Footwear Restrictions: Astro trainers with dimples or moulded studded boots only. No metal studs, flat-soled trainers or plastic bladed boots. Shin pads are to be worn.

PlayFootball Colchester

St. Helena School

Sheepen Road


Essex CO3 3LE

Type of Pitch: 7-a-side 3G that includes a boundary run-off and has the pitch area clearly marked only

Footwear Restrictions: Moulded studded boots only. No metal studs or trainers. Shin pads are to be worn.

Melbourne Park 

Chelmsford City Sport & Athletics Centre, Salerno Way, Chelmsford,

Essex CM1 2EH

Type of Pitch: 3G

Footwear Restrictions: Moulded studded boots only. No trainers or astro-turf trainers. Shin pads are to be worn.

Len Forge Centre

Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend,

Essex SS2 6UH

Type of Pitch: 3G

Footwear Restrictions: No metal studs or muddy boots. Shin pads are to be worn.

The Memorial Ground

Lodge Road, Little Oakley, Harwich, Essex CO12 5ED

Type of Pitch: 3G

Footwear Restrictions: No metal studs or blades or muddy boots. Astro trainers (pimple studs) and moulded boots are allowed. Shin pads are to be worn.

Conditions: Restricted to Over 65's Divisional games only.

The Douglas Ayre Centre

148 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow,

London E17 7HE

Type of Pitch: 3G

Footwear Restrictions: No restrictions. Astro trainers (pimple studs) and moulded boots are allowed. Shin pads are to be worn.

Conditions: Restricted to Over 60’s and Over 65’s Divisional games only.

Essex Walking Football League

16 St. Denis Close
Dovercourt Bay

Essex CO12 3SX

07769 267003

Twitter: @EssexWalkingFL

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