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 will provide competitive opportunities based upon the following principles and that it expects them to be strongly enforced:

  • There is to be minimal contact between players
  • There is to be no running either on or off the ball
  • There is to be good sportsmanship from all of those involved: players, coaches and spectators. 

The EWFL has a zero tolerance policy with regards to dissent, abuse, argumentative behaviour, swearing, and sarcasm towards match officials. If you are interested in becoming a EWFL referee please email your details to


From Season 2017, which started on 11th February 2017 and is to finish on 25th November 2017 you will need to register with the EWFL as a EWFL Referee. From Season 2018 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.

skills required

You will need to have: 

  • Excellent communication and observational skills.
  • Self-confidence to make difficult decisions under pressure.
  • Good people management skills.
  • A calm and professional approach.
  • A full understanding and interpretation of EWFL the matchday rules.

to qualify as a ewfl referee

Before you are able to officiate at a EWFL fixture you will:

  • Be provided with a current copy of the EWFL rules.
  • Be given a short interview and complete a short online test devised by the EWFL Rules Committee to ensure you have an understanding of the rules.

Once you have been confirmed as being able to officiate at EWFL fixtures by the League Secretary 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 Fixture Secretary.

what you will do

Before kick-off, you will:

  • Inspect the pitch and its markings to ensure they comply with the EWFL rules Make sure equipment like goalposts and nets are safely set up.
  • Check you have everything you need for the game, like stopwatches, notebook, match whistle and cards (‘blue’ and ‘red’).
  • Meet with team captains.
  • Receive match team sheets and ensure the teams are compliant to EWFL match day rules.

During a game, you will:

  • Take responsibility for the match on your own.
  • Look after the players’ safety during the game and make sure they obey the EWFL matchday rules.
  • Follow the play and when any infringements or transgression occurs communicate your rulings effectively to the  players.
  • Control the behaviour of the teams on the pitch.

After a game, you will:

  • Need to provide a 'Fair Play, team appraisal score on the Tournament Result Sheet.
  • Need to complete a report form on any sending-offs you made during a match.

referee's tournament fee

A EWFL Referee is to be appointed by the EWFL League Secretary and will be paid no more than £30 for officiating at a EWFL tournament. A tournament may last between 2 to 3 hours and will have multiple matches. Each EWFL match is expected to be no longer than 15 minutes in length. NB: 15 minutes is the minimum for an EWFL match.


Once you have been validated you will receive a identity verification badge on a lanyard and a copy of the current EWFL Rules handbook.

ewfl validated referees

The EWFL Referees contact details will appear here

Essex Walking Football League

16 St. Denis Close
Dovercourt Bay
CO12 3SX

07769 267003

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"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!"

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