The Essex Walking Football League ('EWFL') believes that as an adult 'grassroots' football league; walking football is a community recreational sport and it will have a positive impact on a player's health, well-being and social needs.
The EWFL intentions are to provide competitive opportunities with no contact between its players. Good sportsmanship is expected from all involved: the players, coaches, Referees and spectators. In this regard the EWFL has a zero tolerance policy with regards to physical contact that can cause injury, dissent, abuse argumentative behaviour, swearing, and sarcasm towards match officials.
It expects these principles to be strongly enforced.
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.
From Season 2018, which starts on 1st March 2018 and is to finish on 31st October 2018 you will need to register with the EWFL as a EWFL Referee. From Season 2019 onwards you will also need to register with the Essex County FA and complete a FA basic referee's course that will be specifically designed for walking football. Essex FA have indicated that these will be available from Autumn 2018.
You will need to have:
We are keen to have retired or ex-County FA Referees who wish to be continue to be involved in of fishing at matches.
Before you are able to officiate at a EWFL fixture you will:
Once you have been confirmed as being able to officiate at EWFL fixtures all we ask is that you let us know when you are not available. Full details of all EWFL tournaments and venues will supplied by the EWFL Results & Fixture Secretary prior to the start of the season.
NB: All Referees validated during Season 2017 and all new applicants are being asked to complete a validation test. This is due to the match day rule changes for Season 2018. The validation test can be taken here. It is recommended that you download and read the Rules before taking the test. Ongoing random assessments will be carried out by your peers during the course of each season.
Before kick-off, you will:
During a game, you will:
After a game, you will:
A EWFL validated Referee is approved and appointed by the League's Referee Development Officer and will be paid no more than £30 for officiating at a EWFL tournament. There is expected to be a change to these fees from 2019 Season. A tournament may last between 2 to 3 hours and will have multiple matches. Each EWFL match is expected to be no longer than 20 minutes in length. NB: 15 minutes is the minimum for a EWFL match and 20 minutes is the maximum.
Once a Referee has been validated they will receive an identity validation badge and a copy of the current EWFL Rules. The League reserves the right to remove validation from a EWFL Referee for a reported instance of misconduct, lack of professional behaviour, not keeping his or her engagement and failing to give a satisfactory explanation as to their non-appearance, Ongoing random assessments will be carried out by your peers during the course of each season.
EWFL Referees contact details appear here:
|Location||Contact Number||EWFL Ref:|
|Alan Marsh||Tilbury||07951 email@example.com||020|
"Over 60 league matches today (15th August 2018)
Hi Derek I'm taking it upon myself to message you personally about the league matches at Len Forge Centre today. It was to my great pleasure to say that today's fixtures were played in COMPLETELY the right spirit as the game was intended to be. Its the first time that there was NOT ONE decision that I made as a Referee that was argued about by ANY of the teams that were competing on my pitch. In a very competitive environment it was a pleasure to referee teams that accepted decisions that were made. Im sure that the other three referees that were involved would agree. I THINK WE ARE GETTING THERE! - Regards Neil Watson. "
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!)"