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Southgate Finally Named England Manager

Well, the FA took their time making the announcement, but Gareth Southgate has now officially been announced as the new England manager.

It makes you wonder what has taken the FA so long with this? Maybe their attention has been on writing the new walking football rulebook which is due to be released at some point in 2017. Hopefully they get it right and the rules of walking football will be clarified so there is no more confusion.

Southgate to give everything

Anyway back to Southgate and after being announced by as the new manager of England he has promised to “give everything” to make sure the team is a success.

While I don’t doubt his commitment and determination, I do wonder about his qualifications and lack of experience for what is a very tough job.

World cup 2018

Will England qualify for the World Cup in 2018? Yes I think they will, mainly because their group shouldn’t be too difficult to win, even if England are not always on top form.

The main problem, as everybody in England knows, is how the team perform once they are in a major tournament, as over the last few tournaments they have been a disappointment

Yes, Southgate did take the England Under 21 team to a tournament, but ultimately, let’s face the facts here for a minute, because at the end of the day he really isn’t the right man for the job on paper.

DISAPPOINTING CV

As a club manager he was in charge of Middlesbrough for 3 seasons, getting them relegated from the Premiership to the Championship.

He then went on to the England Under 21 team, where he took them to the European Championships in 2015, where they didn’t manage to get out of their group.

Is this really the right qualifications for an England manager? Of course not, but many are saying that he is the only English choice for the role right now after Sam Allardyce got fired a few months ago.

That might be true, but does the manager really have to be English? I’m sure there are more experienced and qualified managers out there from other countries, and more importantly, managers with World Cup experience.

However, Southgate is the England manager now and we must all get behind him and the team and give them a chance.

Who knows, he might go on to become the best England manager of all time, lifting the World Cup in 2 years time with his captain Wayne Rooney. In football anything can happen.

Walking football England team

If it doesn’t work out for him then there are no doubt other roles waiting. For example, he could be appointed manager of an England walking football team, made up of ex professional international players.

That would certainly get some interest, and bring more attention to walking football around the country.

This isn’t in the Walking Football Rules!

While the walking football rules are still being written by the FA, there is one thing definitely not allowed…fighting.

Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened during a recent over 50s walking football match, when after only 2 minutes a huge brawl occurred between Canterbury walking football club and Herne Bay walking football club.

walking football ref joins in

It wasn’t just the players that got in on the action either, as some of the spectators claimed afterwards that they witnessed the ref get a few punches in.

This just isn’t on at all. Sure, we can all appreciate how competitive some of these games become, but when you have two walking football teams with players between the ages of 50 and 70 all deciding to have a punch up, and then the referee gets involved as well…I just don’t think stories like this do much for the image of the game.

Sunday football had the same problem, and still does to some extent, with players becoming far too aggressive, and even attacking referees and match officials in some instances.

Fortunately, the FA have done a lot over the last few years to get rid of these people, with harsher penalties for teams that regularly use violence at matches.

Maybe the same needs to be done in walking football? You wouldn’t think so, especially in an over 50 football league, but at the end of the day it might be something the FA need to address in the future either in their new walking football rules or simply by giving harsher penalties for teams that get involved in this type of thing.

No fighting in walking football

In my opinion, if you want to fight then get in a boxing ring or take up MMA…don’t start swinging punches on a football pitch.

Sure, a bit of aggressiveness is needed in a competitive match, and even a bit of pushing when things get heated is fine enough, but when players start punching other players then I don’t think they should be on the pitch.

So how did the brawl start you might be wondering? A spectator who wishes to remain anonymous commented that a crunching tackle by a Canterbury player was all it took for the fighting to begin…and this was after only 2 minutes of the match.

It just goes to show these players, aged between 50 and 70 don’t forget, were up for a fight from the beginning.

The official match report states the animosity between the 2 teams started even earlier (within the first 5 seconds) when there was a shoulder charge.

Against the walking football rules

Of course, the walking football rules as we understand it right now means no tackling and no shoulder charging, so you can definitely understand players getting annoyed when it happens, but to go from that into a full brawl within 2 minutes is just ridiculous and has no place in the game.

It’s not surprising to learn that the game did not continue after the fighting had stopped. Instead, the ref decided the best thing to do was abandon the match.

Good idea. Let’s just hope both of these teams get rid of any players that are just out for a punch up, and if anything like this happens again the FA should step in to take action.

New Walking Football League for Essex

We all know that walking football is popular around the UK, but many places don’t yet have leagues in place for more competitive matches.

Well, that seems to be changing in Essex right now, as the FA recently announced plans to start a walking football league in the area as long as enough teams show their interest.

That should not be a problem in my opinion, mainly because I know that Essex have many people who play the game casually, with a lot of those players wanting to join teams and and get more competitive.

If you don’t know already, walking football is a relatively new variation of the small-sided football format, where as you might be able to guess from the name, players are only allowed to walk…no running allowed.

Everybody wants to play walking football

This has led to people of all ages taking up the game, with many people in the over 50 range who appreciate the fact they can enjoy a game of football without having to be really fit.

That’s not to say walking football is an easy game to play though. As any player will tell you, it’s a great form of exercise, and after a game your body will definitely know it has been in a match. This is why you should always start off with a few friendly matches before moving into more serious competition.

No matter if you play with a few friends or in a league, it seems that playing walking football once or twice a week gets you near the two and half hours of physical activity that is currently recommended by the NHS. Combine it with a trip down the shops and taking the dog for a walk every day and you are well on track for having great fitness, no matter what your age.

Walking football can be played both indoors and outdoors, and with typical matches taking around an hour, it’s the perfect way to continue playing the game you enjoy, while at the same time socialising with friends and maybe even winning a trophy.

Walking football in essex

So what about this new walking football league in Essex? At the moment all we know for sure is that regular players in the area have been notified and asked to express their interest. One idea is to start off with an over 50’s and over 60’s league, and then if successful, branch out into all age ranges, as well as skill levels within those ages.

If you live in Essex and want to take part in one of these new walking football leagues, simply go to EssexFA.com and complete the form with your contact details. Someone will get back to you.

FA to Write Rulebook for Walking Football

It’s the game that everybody is talking about, and players like Harry Kane are endorsing…it is of course walking football.

There are now thousands of people who play walking football around the country every week. And an estimated 800 clubs that have been formed since the games invention in 2011.

Best of all, new clubs are being formed all the time. Which is why many experts are calling it the new football game that is available for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are 25 or 65, walking football can be played by all.

what are the rules?

The main problem has been lack of rules. Apart from the fact you can’t run, and this has led to arguments breaking out at games.

To gain more clarification about how to play the game, and to stop these disputes between teams, the FA have decided to finally step in and and write the definite guide to walking football rules.

In my opinion this is a great idea and much needed. Let’s face it, if you don’t have an official rulebook for a game that is played by thousands of people then there is always going to be arguments about the rules. This should pretty much put an end to that.

Also, it gives ref’s a manual to study from, which ultimately means the standard of walking football officials should become very good.

A walking football revolution

When the game first started in 2011, it was just a bit of a laugh. Mainly a good way to play football for over 50’s and for people in general to get a bit of exercise. That still is very much the goal of walking football. And is why the game is available to all. It can’t be ignored however that many people want to play the game more competitively

Who knows, maybe we could be watching walking football on the TV in a few years time? Especially if some ex professional players decide to take up the game.

So what are some of the rules that need clarifying by the FA? One of the main points is how high the ball can be kicked. Some suggest it should be head height (similar to five-a-side) while others arguing there should be no limit. Hopefully the new rulebook will decide once and for all.

There are also things such as if players can score from direct free kicks, if back passes should be allowed, the amount of touches someone is allowed to take at any one time, and if to have contact between players.

If you are just having a casual game with your mates for some over 50s football then you can decide on any rules you want. But for players who want to play in leagues and cups this new FA rulebook will take walking football to a new level.