Rules


 

We give a summary of the rules of walking football here. Click on the image below to watch an instructional video.

General:
1. Six players each per side. Five outfield players and a goalkeeper.

2. Each game is 40 minutes long. 20 minutes per half.

3. No running or jogging, with or without the ball.

In-play:
4. Low-impact tackling only. No sliding tackles.

5. No off-sides.

6. The ball must not be kicked or defected by any outfield player, or thrown (by the goalkeeper) above head height. Free kicks are awarded to the opposing team if the ball travels above head height.

7. Rebounds off walls for indoor matches. Corners and ‘kick-ins’ for outdoor matches, awarded to the team not touching the ball before it last crossed the barrier.

8. All free kicks are indirect (i.e players cannot shoot direct at the goal. They must pass instead).

9. Goals can be scored from any outfield position. Goals cannot be scored direct from kick-offs, kick-ins, drop balls, goalkeeper’s kick, save or throw.

10. Three roll-on, roll-off substitutes permitted per game. Substitutions can be made when there is a break in play, the ball is dead or the goalkeeper has possession of the ball.

11. Referee operates red, yellow and blue card procedures. Blue card indicates a two-minute sin bin for player.

12. Players sent off can take no further part in match. A substitute may be used to replace a player sent off after five minutes or first conceded goal, whichever occurs first.

Outfield players
13. Players are not allowed in the penalty area (except by their momentum and where no advantage is gained). If player enters the penalty area deliberately or denies a clear goal-scoring opportunity, a penalty is awarded to the attacking team.

14. Opposing players must stand at least two metres away from the ball when a corner, free kick or ‘kick-in’ is taken.

15. If a free kick is on the penalty area line, the ball must be moved back two metres (to allow defenders to position themselves between ball and goal).

16. Outfield players are not allowed to hold onto walls (indoor matches) or barriers (outdoor matches) to block or shield the ball.

Goalkeeper:
17. The goalkeeper must wear a shirt or bib that distinguishes them from outfield players.

18. The goalkeeper can receive back passes. He or she may either kick or throw the ball back into play. Goalkeeper throws must be under-arm.

19. Possession is given back to the goalkeeper if the ball travels above head height while being deflected or saved by the goalkeeper.

20. The goalkeeper is not allowed outside the penalty area (except by momentum while making a save). If a goalkeeper leaves the penalty area deliberately or denies a clear goal-scoring opportunity – a penalty is awarded to the attacking team.