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 EWFL Accredited Venues

Essex Walking Football League are seeking bids to host competitions For the 2019 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 2019 season, which will start in March 2019 and finish in October 2019.


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

  • Have the use of an outdoor 3G or 4G pitch or an indoor arena or sports hall that has durable or sprung wooden flooring or equivalent i.e. any surface that can reduce the risk of injury.
  • Be able to accommodate at least 18 six-a-side games per tournament across at least three pitches.
  • 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 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 be able to use a defibrillator on a match day and be aware of its 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 so as to provide suitably FA qualified or FA validated Referees who must have a full understanding and interpretation of current ('2018') match day rules for all EWFL games/fixtures.

The following type of pitches are excluded:

  • Any five-a-side ‘caged’ environment (these are excluded from Season 2019.)
  • Any type of grass pitch where the surface is not smooth, is pitted or has pot holes, or is abrasive or contains any surface water.
  • Any outdoor pitch that may contain abrasive materials e.g. tarmac or concrete.


The EWFL pop-up display banner ('banner'):

  • Remains the property of the EWFL and MUST be on display during any EWFL fixture/tournament. This may include public relations events to promote the EWFL. Any failure to do so will lead to a fine as determined by the current EWFL fines tariff. 
  • The accredited centre 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 facility that complies with the above please contact the EWFL League Chairman, Derek Murr by email at

How To Find Our Accredited Venues 2019

Melbourne Park 3G Pitches 

Chelmsford City Sport & Athletics Centre, Salerno Way, Chelmsford CM1 2EH

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

Len Forge Centre, Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend SS2 6UH

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

The Memorial Ground, Lodge Road, Little Oakley, Harwich CO12 5ED

Footwear Restrictions: No metal studs or blades or muddy boots. 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

Footwear Restrictions: No restrictions. Shin pads are to be worn.

Conditions: Restricted to Over 50's and Over 60's Divisional games only.

The Dovercourt Recreation Centre, Lower Marine Parade, Dovercourt Bay, Harwich CO12 3ST 

Footwear Restrictions: Astro pitch. No metal studs or blades or muddy boots. Astro trainers or trainers allowed. Shin pads are to be worn.

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

University of Essex Sports Development Centre, Essex Sport, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ

Footwear Restrictions: Moulded studded boots if on grass. Astro trainers on astro pitch. White-soled trainers if playng in sports arena. Shin pads are to be worn.

Essex Walking Football League

16 St. Denis Close
Dovercourt Bay

Essex CO12 3SX

07769 267003

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