PREMIER FOOTBALL HAS

ARRIVED

PREMIER CLUB CUP TO DRAW OUT THE PRIDE

The game sees another huge step in development with a competition in the same vein as the successful EFL Trophy.

Four regions will host current premier league club round robin fixtures on just the one day, with the winners (top two of London and the North, one from Midlands, one from South) convene for the grand final.

The event is open to 50+, 60+ mixed, & 40+ women's categories to teams currently donning club colours and kicks off in the New Year. Entry is now open -

£30 per team.

THE TACKLE FROM BEHIND

Laws of the game quite rightly state that players may not tackle opponents from behind. Not even a poach between legs where no contact is made. Players bemoan when they cleanly manipulate of poke the ball away from between the unknowing ball carriers' legs, but the rule is there for the obvious health and safety reasons. 

All well and good, but what about the situation where a player has pinched or toe-poked a loose ball from an opponent from the side? Some may argue that a tackle from the side is acceptable. I argue the issue that it depends entirely upon where the tackler is in relation to the ball carrier. If the two players are completely level and the tackle with minimal contact or no contact is made, there should be no reason why the referee should blow their whistle. But this can only be ascertained by virtue of where the two players' shoulders are in relation to each other when the tackle is made. If the tackler has their shoulders even slightly behind the level of the ball carriers' shoulders, it must be determined that the tackler has made a move on the ball from a position behind the ball carrier.

These first two photos show tackles being made from the side but the tacklers have made contact with the ball  with

with their shoulders behind the level of the ball carriers' shoulders giving the referee an easy call if no advantage is accrued by the ball player.

These two photos are the best that can be gleaned from the photo library (in spite of possible arm contact) but they do show examples where a player having shoulders level with and not behind the ball carrier is in a position to make a genuine and valid play for the ball.

So, to conclude, a hungry player fishing for the ball should swim up to and alongside their opponent prey until level and then at the right moment make a strike on the ball either by hooking it or reeling it in, or spitting it away from the playmaker. If the shoulders are behind and not level, the referee can determine that the tackle on the bait ball is not justifiable and made from a position behind. Thought I'd float that by you.

The ED

LAWS OF THE GAME REFORM

RULE NOT ABOVE THE LAW

In such a relatively young sport, it would not be out of the ordinary to suggest that with best intentions, some of the rules implemented may need to be reviewed and perhaps changed sooner than later. The failings of the one-step/no-step penalty has been covered here

previously, and it appears that some leagues and other organisations have taken up the baton and declared free range penalties as their particular preference. That is all well and good, and it may be that certain FA heads need turning in the right direction. Another important aspect of young rules is the goalkeeper deflection in the process of a save that exceeds the height limit. Currently the ball is retained by the keeper if they parry/deflect the ball above head height - regardless of where the ball ends up. There can be no issue that a ball deflected by the keeper back into play that has exceeded the ball height restriction can be contested by outfield players, so must be retained by the keeper. Also - a ball turned around the post by the keeper in the process of a save must obviously be a corner kick to the opposing team. The issue of question is that defenders that unwittingly deflect the ball above head height without moving a muscle, have a free kick awarded against them. Advantage to the wayward strike. That is understandable in as much that the same outcome occurs should a player deliberately move to deflect a goal-bound shot. Whether intentional or not there has to be a ruling when the ball exceeds the height limit. Should this occur and the ball crosses high over the goal line, no corner kick is given but a free kick against the player at the point where that player caused the ball to exceed the height restriction. All well and good. Yet is it right that a goalkeeper that can move freely to the ball direction or block the ball direction with any part of their body and cause the ball to exceed the height restriction gets the benefit of ball retention in all circumstances except the tip around the post? Observing a deliberate or unintentional parry above head height by the keeper is a close subjective call, but when it is done and causes the ball to exceed the height restriction over the bar, advantage must surely be retained by the attacking team and not with the keeper? The game affords too much of comfort factor for the keeper when unwittingly or deliberately saving high. Extending advantage to the attacking team and nonrestrictive penalties is more in line with our natural game and makes for its betterment. Time will tell if such proposals are met positive acknowledgement.

WFU National 60+ Finals Dates

ROLL OF HONOUR

50+

60+

65+

2014  Leggy Mambos           

Bexley v Cirencester Town v Norwich Socca Seniors v Redcar Strollers -  TBA

2015  Leggy Mambos

2016  Herne Bay                   Hartshill Strollers

2019  Pele's Pearls                              ?                      Leggy Mambos                        

Hall Of Famers

Vic Vaines, Chris Humphries

ADDITION TO HALL OF FAME

Eddie Gibson is the latest inductee into the Hall Of Fame. His deserved inclusion is for his passion, commitment and longevity towards Leeds Titans WFC, his enthusiastic and dedicated work with his Farrah Rose tournament and his organisational expertise with the Northern Premier League. Eddie also co-ordinates the hugely successful Inter-League tournament featuring the top four sides in north, south and Welsh regional leagues. 

IAN HENRY 2019 WFU WALKING FOOTBALL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

This year has been relatively easy in proclaiming that Ian Henry (walkingfootball.com) is the most deserving candidate for this small honour - bestowed upon him for his huge commitment to the game, support and loyalty to those he respects, and his passion and drive for producing the game's major information portal. In a difficult, stressful and emotional year for Ian, we hope for a better year to come. Now to arrange his presentation. Well done, Ian.

Love walking football but still got

more to offer? Young vets still bossing it? SuperVets may be the answer

2020 is the year of SuperVets

Register your interest & team

For those finding walking football a little restrictive, and in an arena where an inability to showcase talent, fitness and pace hinders individuality and team momentum, a 50+ and 60+ SuperVets tournament invites teams to participate in a first national competition of its kind this year. Not aimed specifically at the elite fitness participants, this platform allows players an opportunity to move freely around the game at a pace that suits; expressing creativity, freedom and flair.
Sign up on 'CONTACT' and get you game moving.
It must be stressed that particular attention must be acknowledged and applied to player health and safety in this new initiative; therefore all participant teams and players must ingrain this ethos as a way of playing the game in order to safeguard its future.

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large lump of silver

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