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the official website of the essex walking football league


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 competition 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.

Entry Requirements for Season 2019

If you are interested in becoming an EWFL Referee please contact Bill Sedgwick for further details.


All EWFL Referees are expected to attend the Essex County FA’s workshop that is specifically designed for walking football. You will need to register with the Essex County FA and complete this course. Anybody wishing to attend these workshops should contact Lukas Wood at the Essex County FA at

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 and deliver your decisions in an effective, but firm but polite manner.
  • A full understanding and interpretation of current ('2019') EWFL the match day rules.
  • A sense of humour - this helps!

We are keen to have retired or ex-County FA Referees who wish to be continue to be involved in refereeing at matches.

What You Will Do

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

  • Be provided with a current copy ('2019') of the EWFL competition rules.
  • Attend an Essex County FA course that will be specifically designed for walking football.

The Essex County FA will confirm your attendance and the EWFL’s Referee Appointments Officer that you have been confirmed as being able to officiate at EWFL fixtures. Full details of all EWFL tournaments and venues will supplied by the EWFL Results & Fixture Secretary and will be published on this website. You will be contacted by the EWFL's Referee Appointments Officer (Season 2020) or for Season 2019 by a tournament organiser regarding your availability,


NB: All Referees validated prior to Season 2019 and all new applicants were asked if they wish to attend an Essex County FA course that will be specifically designed for walking football. This is due to the match day rule changes for Season 2019 and the Essex County working in partnership with the EWFL in assuming responsibility of Walking Football Referee Development.

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 correctly so that no advantage is given to either team.
  • Check you have everything you need for the game, like stopwatches, notebook, match whistle and cards (‘blue’ and ‘red’).
  • Be suitably attired and badged as specified under 'Referee's Kits and Colours'.
  • Meet with team captains.
  • Review the match team sheets. NB: The responsibilty of sending team sheets to the EWFL will be the tournament organiser.
  • Ensure that all teams are compliant to EWFL match day competition rules and if there is any breach or failure to comply they will not be allowed to continue play the fixture. NB: Shin pads MUST be worn, whilst on the field of play.

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 and return Result Sheet to tournament organiser.
  • Need to complete the online report form on any sending-offs you made during a match. Details of this form will be provided upon confirmation of your appointment or your requirement to use the form. The form is available for use on the FA’s Whole Game System.

Referee's Tournament Fees 2019

There was no change to the Referee’s fee of £30.00 for the 2019 Season but Referees are now able to claim mileage of 25p per mile. The mileage total amount has therefore been capped to £5.00. 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. A half-time break of 2 minutes is being introduced from Season 2019.

Referee's Kit/Colours 2019


To ensure the high degree of professionalism is maintained by the Essex Walking Football League it's Management Committee have decided that all accredited referees when officiating at an EWFL competition for Season 2019 onwards must wear a shirt/top which, does not clash with the colours of the competing teams and has therefore decided that the Referee MUST change to either (in priority order) a BLACK or a GREY or GREEN shirt/top and shorts and socks are expected to be in either black, grey or green. 


A complete EWFL Referee's kit or the EWFL top/shirt can be purchased via the link below. A Referees’ shirt/top is expected to be ‘badged’ appropriately. An iron-on badge of the Essex Walking Football League logo can be obtained by emailing

Referee's Sub-Committee

The Essex Walking Football League have set up a Referee's Sub-Committee for Season 2019, comprising of Derek Murr, as its acting Chairman, Damian O’Reilly, Bill Sedgwick and John Anderson. The role of the Referee’s Committee is to for Season 2019:

  • Hold regular review meetings with the EWFL League Management Committee.
  • Meet with the other EWFL Referees at least once per season.
  • Help ensure all EWFL Referees consistently officiate to a high standard by implementing an evaluation process that encompasses reliability, dependability, assessment, coaching, tutoring and mentoring.
  • To work with the Referee’s Development team at Essex County FA, the EWFL’s Referee Appointments Officer and the EWFL Rules Committee in the development of all EWFL Referees, the reviewing and the implementation of the Laws of the Game for Walking Football.

The Essex Walking Football League Team Store 


The shop is maintained and is run by Serious Football in partnership with the Essex Walking Football League. The EWFL does not benefit from any sale of the kit or any component part thereof, hence prices have been kept to the minimum amount possible. Click on the picture below to connect you to Essex Walking Football League Team Store at Serious Football.

Essex Walking Football League

16 St. Denis Close
Dovercourt Bay

Essex CO12 3SX

07769 267003

Twitter: @EssexWalkingFL

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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!)"

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