Walking Football 2023 World Nations Cup

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Calling all Walking Football Players Over 60 / Over 50!

In August 2023, Australia will be one of 32 nations competing in the first FIWFA Walking Football World Nations Cup.

To be held at the prestigious St Georges Park in the UK, it is an event not to be missed.

Players in all states of Australia are invited to express interest to be considered for this tournament.

Participants must hold Australian citizenship and be born before 1 Sept 1963 (over 60s) and 1 Sept 1973 (over 50s). All players will be self-funded but sponsorship opportunities exist to assist the team.

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If you would like to be considered to represent Australia in this tournament, please email    worldcup@walkfootball.au with personal details including:

  • Date of birth
  • Citizenship
  • Walking football experience
  • Previous representation in any form or football (not essential)
More information can be found here  FIWFA Website WorldNationsCup2023

Walking Football ... yes, it's a thing!

Welcome to Forever Football

Also called walk football, walking football, and non-running football, Forever Football is now providing more and more people in their 50s, 60s and beyond with an opportunity to stay active in one of the most popular sports in the world.

The sport of football (or “soccer”, depending on what part of the world you live in) continues to bring joy to the lives of many people as players, family, coaches or fans. Unfortunately, many men and women who would still like to play football decide to turn away from the game around the age of 50 for a variety of reasons.

Players have enjoyed walking football around the world for a few years now. The sport originated in England as part of a health initiative in 2011 to promote activity and provide a social outlet for older people. (You can click here for more history). There are now over 40,000 registered players in the UK alone. The sport has spread to almost a hundred countries around the world.

If you’re over 50 and are able to walk, have an interest in football whether you have played before or not, and are keen to improve your fitness while having fun, then this is the sport for you!

One of the best forms of exercise for older adults is walking briskly. Playing football while you are walking makes it all the more enjoyable. You don’t need to have played football before. You don’t even need to be able to walk quickly to enjoy Forever Football. Anyone can play regardless of fitness level or skill.

So why Forever Football? Well, quite literally this is the sport that one can play forever. Many of us have played the running version of the game. However there comes a time in many players’ lives that this stops. The desire to play is trumped by the fear of injury against players who want to win at all costs. Injuries when heading the ball or knee and ankle injuries from over-vigorous tackles are common in conventional football. Walking football has rules that prevent this. Heading of the ball is not permitted and faces are protected by the rule that the ball can’t be kicked above shoulder height.

As for our legs, warming up before a game is always advised to avoid muscle strain. Walking football safeguards against joint injuries as body contact is minimal and there is no tackling from the side or behind. In terms of cardiovascular fitness, walking football will get the heart pumping to a healthy exercise rate just like a brisk walk. This level that is much less likely to result in an adverse cardiac episode. To learn more about the health benefits of walking football, click here.

We encourage you to learn more about the walking game of Forever Football through this website and our links in Australia and elsewhere in the world. Anyone over 50 that would like to become involved can click here. We will do our best to find you a place where you can play so you get an opportunity to have some fun, meet some great people and to walk for life!

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".... walking football gives us the opportunity to maintain our physical capacity and slow down the ageing process..."