These are the approved rules for walking football from Manchester County F.A.
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We have 12 accredited Referees within the county at present. All were schooled in these rules and had practical assessment in January 2018.
Manchester County F.A. Approved local WALKING FOOTBALL rules as tutored to candidates for Manchester County F.A. Walking Football Referees 15th & 19th Jan. 2018
Note: A link to a ‘grid’ explaining fouls and misconduct in a clearer manner appears within the body of the text.
The field of play
General Principle Where not stated, the normal IFAB Laws of Association Football apply with exceptions notably that there is no offside in Walking Football.
Walking Football may be played with or without barriers. Dimensions: The playing area must be rectangular. The length of the touchline must be greater than the length of the goal line.
For 5 and 6-a-side football the following dimensions are recommended
Length: minimum 25m maximum 50m Width: minimum 16m maximum 35m
For 7-a-side football the following dimensions are recommended
Length: minimum 50m maximum 60m Width; minimum 30m maximum 40m
The playing area is marked with lines. The two longer boundary lines are called touchlines. The two shorter lines are called goal lines. All lines are 8cm wide.
The playing area is (ideally) divided into two halves by the halfway line. The centre mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line.
A penalty area is defined at each end of the pitch as follows:
A semi-circle of 6m radius shall be drawn from the centre of each goal line. The extremities of these semi-circles should reach the goal line, barrier or wall regardless of whether the goal posts encroach onto the playing area.
A penalty mark is drawn 1m from the midpoint between the goal posts and equidistant from them. Hence penalty kicks are taken from One metre outside the ‘D’ at the mid-point. Effectively meaning penalty kicks are taken from a 7 metre distance
Where barriers do not surround the playing area a quarter circle with a radius of 25cm from each corner is drawn inside the playing area.
ALL pitch markings are of course controlled by local conditions and may be adapted to suit the facility being used.
Goals must be placed on the centre of each goal line.
They consist of two upright posts equidistant from each corner and joined at the top by a horizontal crossbar.
The distance (inside measurement) between the posts is maximum 5m, minimum 3m and the distance from the lower edge of the crossbar to the ground is maximum 2m minimum 1.20m.
Both goal posts and the crossbar have the same width and depth of 8cm. Nets, made of hemp, jute or nylon, are attached to the posts and crossbars behind the goals. The lower part is supported by curved bars or some other adequate support.
The goals may be portable, but they should meet British Standards and be anchored securely to the ground when necessary during play as per Health and Safety requirements.
When playing to lines, a suitable run-off should be provided around the pitch (the FA recommends a minimum of 3m if possible. If this distance cannot be met, a suitable run-off should be provided subject to a risk assessment).
Playing Surface Where natural turf is not used, the surface must be smooth and flat and non-abrasive. The use of wood or artificial material is recommended.
The ball is:
• made of leather or other suitable material
• size appropriate to the group
Replacement of a Defective Ball If the ball bursts or becomes defective during a game:
• the game is stopped
• the game is restarted by dropping the replacement ball at the place where the first ball became defective
If the ball bursts or becomes defective while not in play:
• the game is restarted according to the Laws
The ball may not be changed during the match without the permission of the referee.
A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than the following number of players and substitutes for each format:
5-a-side = 5 players per team and 3 substitutes (total of 8 players)
6-a-side = 6 players per team and 3 substitutes (total of 9 players)
7-a-side = 7 players per team and 3 substitutes (total of 10 players)
The maximum number of substitutes permitted is three.
The number of substitutions made during a game is unlimited. A player who has been replaced may return to the pitch as a substitute for another player.
Substitutions should take place when play is stopped or during play if the second official is involved in refereeing the game. This will be determined by the Competition Rules.
A substitution is made when the ball is in or out of play, for which the following conditions must be observed:
• the player entering the playing area may not do so until the player leaving the playing area has passed completely over the boundary line
• where barricades are used, the players must use the opening onto the playing area
• a substitution is complete when the substitute enters the playing area from which moment the substitute becomes a player and the player who is replaced ceases to be a player
A substitute is subject to the authority and jurisdiction of the referee, whether called upon to play or not. Changing the Goalkeeper Any of the players or substitutes, may change places with the goalkeeper. The following conditions must be observed:
• the referee must be informed before the change is made
• the change may only be made during a stoppage in play
• the replacement goalkeeper must wear a jersey which distinguishes them from all other players and the referee Infringements/Sanctions If, while a substitution is being made, a substitute enters the playing area before the player being replaced has completely left:
• play is stopped
• the player being replaced is instructed to leave the playing area
• the substitute is ‘sin binned’ for the agreed period
• play is restarted by an indirect free kick to be taken by the opposing team from the place where the ball was situated when the game was stopped However, if the ball was inside the penalty area, the indirect free kick is taken 3m from the penalty area line, at the place nearest to the position of the ball when play was stopped
Where barricades are used; if, while a substitution is being made, a substitute enters the playing area, or a player being replaced leaves it from a place other than the recognised opening in the barricades:
• play is stopped
• the substitute is ‘sin binned’ for the agreed period
• play is restarted by an indirect free kick to be taken by the opposing team from the place where the ball was situated when the game was stopped. However, if the ball was inside the penalty area, the indirect free kick is taken 3m from the penalty area line, at the place nearest to the position of the ball when play was stopped
Validity of a Match – Playing Numbers A match should not be considered valid if the playing strength of either team is permanently reduced by:
• more than two players for 5–a-side
• more than two players for 6-a-side
• more than three players for 7–a-side
However, this should only apply when players are permanently excluded or lost through injury rather than within the ‘sin bin’ for a two-minute suspension.
The players equipment
A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to themselves or another player, including any kind of jewellery. Jewellery must be removed.
The basic compulsory equipment of a player is:
• a jersey or shirt
• shorts or track suit trousers
• shin guards
• are covered entirely by the socks
• are made of a suitable material (rubber, plastic or similar material)
• provide a reasonable degree of protection
• the goalkeeper is permitted to wear long trousers
• each goalkeeper wears colours which easily distinguish them from the other players and the referees
Infringements/Sanctions For any Infringements of this Law:
• the player at fault is instructed by the referee to leave the playing area to correct their equipment or to obtain any missing item of equipment. The player may not return to the playing area without first reporting to the referee, who then checks that the player’s equipment is correct. The player is only allowed to re-enter the playing area when the ball is out of play
• players can return to play whilst the ball is in play if a second official has checked the equipment.
If no second official is present, the player must wait for play to stop in order for the referee to check the faulty equipment
The Authority of the Referee Each game is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the game to which they have been appointed, from the moment they enter the locality where the playing area is situated until they leave.
Powers and Duties
• enforces the Laws of the Game
• allows play to continue when the team against which an offence has been committed will benefit from such an advantage, and penalises the original offence if the anticipated advantage does not ensue at that time
• keeps a record of the match and provides the appropriate authorities with a game report which includes information on any disciplinary action taken against players and/or team officials and any other incidents which occur before, during or after the game
• acts as timekeeper
• stops, suspends or terminates the game for any infringement of the Laws or due to any kind of outside interference
• takes disciplinary action against players guilty of cautionable, ‘sin bin’ and sending-off offences
• takes action against team officials who fail to conduct themselves in a responsible manner and may, at their discretion, expel them from the playing area and its immediate surrounds
• ensures that no unauthorised persons enter the playing area
• stops the game if, in their opinion, upon injury assessment a player is seriously injured and ensures that they are removed from the playing area
• ensures any player bleeding from a wound leaves the playing area
• allows play to continue until there is a stoppage in play if a player is, in their opinion, only slightly injured
• ensures that any ball used meets the requirements of Law 2
• make use of timed suspensions to exclude temporarily players guilty of infringements of the Laws
• in the absence of a second official, the referee should make excluded players aware of the end of their period of suspension Decisions of the Referee The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play are final.
The Match Official
The duties of the Match Official are to assist the referee in the control of the game in the following areas:
• control of the substitution procedure, ensuring that the player to be replaced has left the playing area before the substitute is allowed to enter the playing area
• check the equipment of all the substitutes entering the playing area
• ensure that a player sent from the playing area by the referee, to replace any missing or defective equipment, is checked before being allowed back on to the playing area
• if a player has been removed from the playing area by the referee to have a ‘blood injury’ treated, the match official must ensure that the bleeding has stopped before the player is allowed to re-enter the playing area
• keep a full record of the game details
• act as the timekeeper for any player who has been given a temporary suspension from the game • report to the referee any misconduct by any of the team players or officials in the technical / bench / substitute area
• carry out any other duties as requested by the referee
The duration of the match
The duration of the match shall be divided between two and four equal periods of over 5 and up to 30 minutes each, subject to the following:
• allowance shall be made in either period for time lost through stoppages as decided by the referee
• the duration of any period shall be extended to enable a penalty kick to be taken
• between periods the interval shall not exceed five minutes, except by consent of the Referee
• competition rules may allow for a game to be played in its entirety without any interval or requirement to change ends
For games ending in a draw, competition rules may state provisions involving extra time or other procedures approved by the International FA Board to determine the winner of the game.
The start and restart of play
The choice of ends is decided by the toss of a coin. The team winning the toss decides which goal it wishes to attack in the first period of the game.
The other team takes the kick-off to start the game. Kick-off A kick-off is a way of starting or restarting play:
• at the start of the game
• after a goal has been scored
• at the start of any period of the game • at the start of each period of extra time, where applicable
Note: A goal may NOT be scored directly from the kick-off.
• all players are in their own half of the playing area
• the opponents of the team taking the kick-off are at least 3m from the ball until it is in play
• the ball is stationary on the centre mark
• the referee gives a signal
• the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves in any direction
• the kicker may not touch the ball a second time until it has touched another player
After a team scores a goal, the other team takes the kick-off.
If the kicker touches the ball for a second time before it has been touched by another player:
• an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred.
For any other infringement of the kick-off procedure, the kick-off is retaken
A drop ball is a way of restarting the game after a temporary stoppage. A goal cannot be scored directly from a drop ball situation.
If a dropped ball enters the goal without being touched by at least two players, play is restarted with;
• a goal kick if it enters the opponents’ goal
• a corner kick if it enters the team’s goal
The referee drops the ball at the place where it was located when play was stopped, unless it was in the goalkeeper’s possession, when the goalkeeper shall, at the referee’s signal; return the ball into play by dropping the ball from any point within the Penalty Area.
Play restarts when the ball touches the ground.
Where barricades are in use and a drop ball is required, the referee shall drop the ball 2m from the barricade at the appropriate point.
The ball is dropped again:
• if it is touched by a player before it makes contact with the ground
• if the ball leaves the playing area after it makes contact with the ground, without a player touching or playing it.
The ball in and out of play
Ball Out of Play
The ball is out of play when:
• it has wholly crossed the goal line or touch line, whether on the ground or in the air
• play has been stopped by the referee
Ball in Play
The ball is in play at all other times including when:
• it rebounds from a goal post, the crossbar, or the barricades onto the playing area
• it rebounds from the referee when on the playing area
Determining the outcome of a match
Except otherwise provided by these Laws, a goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar, unless it has been thrown, carried or intentionally propelled by the hand or arm by a player of the attacking side.
Under no circumstance is the goalkeeper from the attacking side allowed to score.
If the goalkeeper does play the ball in to the opponents’ goal, play is restarted with a goal kick.
The team scoring the greater number of goals during a game is the winner. If both teams score an equal number of goals or if no goals are scored, the game is drawn.
For games ending in a draw, competition rules may state provisions involving extra time or other procedures to determine the winner of a game (see p14). Kicks from the Penalty Mark Procedure Taking kicks from the penalty mark is a method of determining the winning team if competition rules require there to be a winning team after a match has been drawn.
• the referee tosses a coin to choose the goal at which the kicks will be taken
• the referee tosses a coin and the team whose captain wins the toss decides whether to take the first or second kick
• the referee keeps a record of the kicks being taken
Competition Rules will determine the number of kicks with the kicks taken as described hereafter:
• the kicks are taken alternately
• the names of the players taking the kicks are announced to the referee by the captains of each team before the kicks from the penalty mark are taken and must be among those included on the list of players submitted before the match.
Only those players on the pitch at the completion of the game are eligible to take part in kicks from the Penalty Mark.
Unless there is a player in the ‘sin bin’ at the completion of the game, in which case they are permitted to participate
• where a player(s) has been sent off by the referee, the opposing team must reduce the number of players to equalise the participants in each team prior to the kicks from the Penalty Mark commencing
• if, before both teams have taken their designated number of kicks, one has scored more goals than the other could score, even if it were to complete its designated number of kicks, no more kicks are taken
• if, after both teams have taken the designated number of kicks, both have scored the same number of goals, kicks continue to be taken in the same order, until one team has scored one goal more than the other from the same number of kicks
• any player who has been sent off may not take part in the kicks from the penalty mark
• any eligible player may change places with the goalkeeper
• only the eligible players and match officials are permitted to remain on the pitch when kicks from the penalty mark are taken
• all players, except the player taking the kick and the two goalkeepers, must remain in the opposite half to that where the kicks are being taken
• if a goalkeeper is injured during the kicks from the penalty mark procedure, they may be replaced by a substitute
Procedures to Determine the Winner of a Match
To determine the winner of a match, tied after fulltime, the following procedures or a combination of these procedures may be used:
• extra time
• kicks from the penalty mark
Use of these procedures should be detailed in the competition rules.
Non-contact Walking Football
A goal cannot be scored directly from the kick-off.
A height restriction is set at a designated height of 6ft (1.83metres), above which an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the opposing team. The only exception to this is if the height of the crossbar exceeds 6ft, in which instance the height restriction is played to the height of the crossbar. ALL OF THE BALL MUST BE ADJUDGED TO BE OVER 6 FEET OR OVER CROSSBAR HEIGHT WHEN APPLICABLE. If a height infringement occurs within the penalty area and is committed by the goalkeeper, an indirect free kick should be awarded 3m from the penalty area line nearest to where the offence took place.
Note: The exceptions to this rule shall be when the ball rises above the designated height restriction resulting from a save or block performed by a goalkeeper.
If the ball deflects above head height but remains within the penalty area, then possession is retained by the goalkeeper
If the ball deflects above head height and leaves the confines of the penalty area back into play. It is deemed to be a dead ball and play restarts with the goalkeeper in possession
If the ball deflects above head height and then crosses the goal line between the goal posts and below the crossbar then a goal is awarded
If the ball deflects above head height and crosses the goal line outside of the goal, then a corner is awarded
If the ball deflects above head height and crosses the goal line outside of the goal, then a corner is awarded . This shall also apply to over head height deflections off defenders.
Fouls and misconduct
Note:Walking Football is a non-contact sport although some contact may occur, not all contact will be judged a foul. Accordingly not ALL contact will be penalised but at the discretion of the Referee all contact MAY be penalised.
18. On pitches with barriers or walls (indoor sports halls): players may not hold onto such in the course of play, except to prevent a collision, correct balance or briefly use as a distance safety gauge. Players may not hold on in order to shield the ball, hold the ball up or prevent access to the ball by opposing players
18i. Tackling across a player at the barrier/wall is not permitted
18ii. ’Crowding’ (two players vs one) is not permitted
18iii.’Cornering’ a player is not permitted. A player boxed in the corner must be allowed to turn
19. Shoulder charging ,barging (employing upper body force) is not permitted
20. Players may not physically step across an opponent to gain an advantage or deny that player access to the ball or position
Dispossessing an opponent of the ball.
21. Tackling must be clean and without contact.
21i. Tackling from the side where definite contact has been made is not permitted
21ii Tackling from behind, even without contact is not permitted.
Fouls and misconduct are penalised as follows:
Free Kick (ALL FREE KICKS ARE INDIRECT)
If any of these offences in the opinion of the referee deny a goal scoring opportunity the award of the free kick is supported by the offending player being sin binned for 2 minutes or a red card when applicable.
A free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offences:
• deliberately heading the ball
• holds an opponent
• slides in an attempt to play the ball when it is being played or attempted to be played by an opponent (sliding tackle or slide block)
Additionally, no playing from the floor is permitted
• handles the ball deliberately, except for the goalkeeper in their own penalty area
• where barriers are in place, players are not permitted to hold onto barriers to shield the ball and should be penalised by the referee for holding
A free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred
A free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper
deliberately slows down the tempo of the game by maintaining possession of the ball within their own penalty area as decided upon at the discretion of the referee.
• if a height infringement occurs within the penalty area and is committed by the goalkeeper, an indirect free kick should be awarded 3m from the penalty area line nearest to where the offence took place .
A free kick is also awarded to the opposing team, to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred, if, in the opinion of the referee, a player:
• plays in a dangerous manner
• deliberately impedes the progress of an opponent when the ball is not being played
• prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from their hands
• commits any other offence, not previously mentioned in Law 12, for which play is stopped to caution or dismiss a player
The free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred, unless this was in the penalty area, in which case the indirect free kick is taken 3m from the penalty area line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.
The use of temporary time suspensions (‘sin bin’s) and the exclusion of a player arising from the issuing of a red card are the recommended disciplinary sanctions for use in walking football. Match officials should employ the use of temporary timed suspensions (blue cards) in all cases traditionally regarded as cautionable offences.
The options for a match official imposing disciplinary sanctions are therefore;
• player issued with a blue card and temporarily suspended from play
• player issued with a red card and permanently excluded from play
A blue card offence should always be accompanied by a temporary suspension from play.
The period of timed suspension in walking football shall be two minutes. The release of players from a temporary suspension should be at the direction of the Referee or a Match Official if one is available.
Temporary Timed Suspensions –
A player temporarily suspended from play will be shown a blue card by the match official and informed that he/she shall be suspended from play for two minutes.
The player is obliged to leave the playing area and remain in a designated ‘‘sin bin’’ area for the required suspension time. Separate ‘‘sin bin’’ areas should be identified for each team. If no designated ‘‘sin bin’’ areas are provided, then suspended players should remain in the area where they can be seen by the referee and adjacent to team officials and substitutes.
A player will be informed as to the end of a period of suspension by the referee or match official and invited to re-join the game.
Where barricades are used, the players must use the opening onto the playing area.
Temporary Timed Suspensions
A player is shown the blue card and temporarily excluded from play if he/she commits any of the following offences:
C1 is guilty of unsporting behaviour
C2 shows dissent by word or action
C3 persistently infringes the Laws of the Game
C4 delays the restart of play
C5 fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, kick-in, free kick or goal clearance.
C6 enters or re-enters the playing area without the referee’s permission or infringes the substitution procedure
C7 deliberately leaves the playing area without the referee’s permission outside of a substitution
For any of these offences, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred. If the offence was commits within the penalty area, the indirect free kick is taken 3m from the penalty area line at the place nearest to where the infringement occurred.
Exception to the use of ‘Blue Cards’ and Temporary Timed Suspensions
The only exception to the use of ‘Blue Cards’ and Temporary Timed Suspensions is in facilities where, if a player is excluded for two minutes, they are unable to take up a position which is still in the eye line of the Referee but outside the boundaries of the pitch. This might be the case in an enclosed sports hall or in a complex of caged pitches. In such circumstances safety considerations requires the Referee to employ the use of yellow cards, with all players remaining on the pitch unless excluded permanently. In this situation normal disciplinary sanctions will apply after the game as per the competition rules. If 2 yellow cards are given to an individual, the player will be shown a red card and dismissed.
A player is sent off and shown the red card if he/she commits any of the following offences:
1. S1 is guilty of serious foul play
2. S2 is guilty of violent conduct
3. S3 spits at an opponent or any other person
4. S4 denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within their own penalty area)
5. S5 denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick
6. S6 uses offensive, insulting or abusive language
7. S7receives a second blue/yellow card in the same match
If play is stopped for a player to be sent from the playing area without having committed any additional infringement of the Laws, the game is restarted by an indirect free kick, awarded to the opposing team, to be taken at the place where the infringement occurred. However, if the offence is committed in the penalty area, the indirect free kick is taken 3m from the penalty area line at the place nearest to where the infringement occurred.
A player who has been sent off may not take any further part in the game nor may he/she sit on the substitutes’ bench, where provided.
Following a 2-minute time suspension after the sending-off incident, the offending team is allowed to replace the sent-off player with a substitute
Free Kicks (ALL FREE KICKS ARE INDIRECT)
Indirect free kicks:
For indirect free kicks, the ball must be stationary when the kick is taken, and the kicker may not touch the ball a second time until it has touched another player.
The Free Kick (INDIRECT)
• a goal can be scored only if the ball is subsequently deliberately touched by a second attacking player before it enters the goal
Position of Free Kick
• all opponents must be at least 3m from the ball until it is in play
• the ball is in play after it has been kicked and clearly moves.
If, when a free kick is taken, an opponent is closer to the ball than the required distance:
• the kick is retaken
If, after the ball is in play, the kicker touches the ball a second time before it has touched another player:
• an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, taken from the place where the infringement occurred
Indirect Free Kick:
• the referee indicates an indirect free kick by raising their arm above their head.
• they maintain their arm in that position until the kick has been taken and the ball has been
deliberately touched by another player or goes out of play.
Click the link below for a clear explanation of foul play and the penalties:
The Penalty Kick
WALKING FOOTBALL IS A NON-CONTACT GAME under the criteria explained in Law 11. At the Referee’s discretion a penalty kick MAY be awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following fouls in his own (defensive) half of the field in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless, or using excessive force whether or not a goalscoring opportunity is denied.
Deliberate handball is included. Time out (Sin bin) blue cards and red cards may be administered as an additional punishment for those who offend in these areas
OFFENCES can be penalised as fouls as follows:
Foul Blue (Reckless Manner)
[At Ref’s Discretion] Red (Reckless &Excessive Force)
[At Ref’s Discretion]
In-Direct Free kick- committed inside a players
Offensive half of
Field of play Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent … in a reckless manner … in a reckless manner with excessive force
Trips or attempts to trip an opponent … in a reckless manner … in a reckless manner with excessive force
Jumps at an opponent … in a reckless manner … in a reckless manner with excessive force
Running Persistent running, ignoring prior warnings from referee Option of red card for continual repeated offences
Charges opponent, even with shoulder … in a reckless manner … in a reckless manner with excessive force
Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent … in a reckless manner … in a reckless manner with excessive force
Pushes an opponent even with shoulder … in a reckless manner … in a reckless manner with excessive force
Tackles an opponent with contact … in a reckless manner … in a reckless manner with excessive force
Penalty -Committed inside a
player’s Defensive Half of
field of play Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent in a careless manner … in a reckless manner … in a reckless manner with excessive force
Trips or attempts to trip an opponent in a careless manner … in a reckless manner … in a reckless manner with excessive force
Jumps at an opponent in a careless manner … in a reckless manner … in a reckless manner with excessive force
Charges opponent, even with shoulder in a careless manner … in a reckless manner … in a reckless manner with excessive force
Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent … in a reckless manner … in a reckless manner with excessive force
Pushes an opponent even with shoulder in a careless manner … in a reckless manner … in a reckless manner with excessive force
Tackles an opponent with contact carelessly … in a reckless manner … in a reckless manner with excessive force
Interferes with an opponent … in a reckless manner … in a reckless manner with excessive force
A defending player enters their own ‘D’ penalty area and gains an advantage.
Goalkeeper exits his ‘D’ penalty area (other than by reason of momentum following the act of making a save inside his area) for any reason to seek an advantage
Running to deny an opponent a goal scoring opportunity
Spitting at an opponent N/A Straight Red Card
Penalty kick procedure
A goal may be scored directly from a penalty kick.
Additional time is allowed for a penalty kick to be taken at the end of each period or at the end of each period of extra time.
Position of the Ball and the Players
• is placed on the penalty mark. Note: If there is no mark place the ball one metre back from the central midpoint of the D’s arc.
The player taking the penalty kick:
• is properly identified
The defending goalkeeper:
• remains on their goal line, facing the kicker, between the goalposts, until the ball has been kicked
The players other than the kicker are located:
• inside the pitch
• outside the penalty area
• behind or to the side of the penalty mark and the ball.
• at least 3m from the ball
• the player may take a maximum of one step BEFORE KICKING THE BALL one step with one foot the other foot strikes the ball
( or after the whistle has sounded to take the kick the striking foot must touch the ball next and NOT come into contact with the ground again before it does so.) No micro or mini steps to shift weight or adjust balance.
• the player taking the penalty kicks the ball forward
• they may not play the ball a second time until it has touched another player
• the ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves
When a penalty kick is taken during the normal course of play, or time has been extended at half time or full time to allow a penalty kick to be taken or retaken, a goal is awarded if, before passing the goalposts and under the crossbar:
• the ball touches either or both of the goalposts, and/or the crossbar and/or the goalkeeper
If any of the following situations occur:
The kicker takes more than one step before kicking the ball
No goal can be scored
The kick is NOT retaken
A player of the defending team infringes this Law:
• the kick is retaken, only if a goal is not scored
• the kick is not retaken if a goal is scored
A team-mate of the player taking the kick infringes this Law of the Game:
• the kick is retaken if a goal is scored
‘• the kick is not retaken if a goal is not scored
The player taking the kick infringes this Law of the Game after the ball is in play:
• an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred, unless this was in the penalty area, in which case the indirect free kick is taken 3m from the penalty area line at the place nearest to where the infringement occurred.
The kick in / Roll in
A kick-in/roll-in is a method of restarting play.
A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick-in/roll-in.
A kick-in/roll-in is awarded:
• when the whole of the ball passes over a touchline, either on the ground or in the air
ball left the playing area when barricades are in use
• to the opponents of the player who last touched the ball
Position of the Ball and the Players
• has to be stationary on the touch line; or 2m into the playing area from the barrier where barricades are in use when taking a kick-in
• is kicked into play in any direction
The player taking the kick-in/roll-in:
• has part of each foot either on the touch line or on the ground outside the touch line at the moment of kicking/rolling the ball; or
• must stand between the ball and the barricade where in use
• must use an underarm action when rolling the ball in
The players of the defending team:
• are at least 3m from the place where the kick-in is taken
• the player taking the kick-in may not play the ball a second time until it has touched another player
• the ball is in play immediately after it is kicked or touched
The kick-in is retaken by a player of the opposing team if:
• the kick-in is taken incorrectly
• the kick-in is taken from a position other than the place where the ball passed over the touch line or where indicated by the referee where barricades are in use
• an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposition if the player taking the kick-in plays the ball a second time before it has been played by another player
The Goal Clearance
A goal clearance is a method of restarting play.
A goal may not be scored directly from a goal clearance.
The goal clearance is awarded when:
• the whole of the ball, having last touched a player of the attacking team, passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and a goal is not scored in accordance with Law 10
• opponents remain outside the penalty area
• the goalkeeper does not play the ball a second time until it has touched another player
• the ball is in play when the ball is thrown underarm or kicked from any stationary point within the penalty area by the goalkeeper of the defending team
If the ball is not thrown or kicked directly beyond the penalty area:
• the goal clearance is retaken
If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper touches the ball, before it has touched another player:
• an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team 3m from the penalty area line from the place nearest to where the infringement occurred
The Corner Kick
A corner kick is a method of restarting play.
A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick, but only against the opposing team.
A corner kick is awarded when:
• the whole of the ball, having last touched a player of the defending team, passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and a goal is not scored in accordance with Law 10
• the ball is placed inside the corner arc at the nearest corner
• opponents remain at least 3m from the ball until it is in play
• the ball is kicked by a player of the attacking team
• the ball is in play when it is kicked or touched
• the kicker does not play the ball a second time until it has been played by or touched another player
An indirect free kick is taken by the opposing team if:
• the player taking the corner kick plays the ball a second time before it has been played by or touched another player. The indirect free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred
For any other infringement:
• the corner kick is retaken
Where the playing area is surrounded by barricades, the corner kick is replaced by a kick-in at a point 2m inside the playing area at the corner nearest the point where the ball left the playing area.
The act of walking means that ne foot must be in contact with the ground at all times.
The Referee shall be the sole arbiter of what constitutes a running offence.
A free kick is awarded if in the opinion of the referee a player
• runs in possession of the ball
• runs to gain a positional advantage
• runs to interfere with an opponent
The referee will award an indirect free kick against any player who is seen to be not walking and influencing the game by not doing so.
If a player is penalised on three occasions for infringing the walking rule, they receive a blue card and are ‘sin binned’ for duration of two minutes.
Notes on the Laws for Walking Football
Provided the principles of these laws are maintained, the Laws may be modified in their application for matches, including for players with disabilities as outlined below.
Any or all the following modifications are permissible:
• size of the playing area
• size, weight and material of the ball
• width between the goalposts and height of the crossbar from the ground
• the duration of the periods of play
• number of designated penalties to be taken when deciding the outcome of a game
• Players are not permitted to hold onto barriers when in place to shield the ball and should be penalised by the referee for holding and a free kick awarded.
Modifications to the laws should be detailed in the competition regulations.