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Over 800 Clubs Play Walking Football in the UK

It was 2011 when two teams decided to play walking football for the first time, and now 5 years later some are reporting there are 800 clubs in the UK.

This is great news and just goes to show that people are starting to become more serious about competing in walking football competitions.

over 40s play walking football

At first, the whole idea behind the game was to get over 40s football players out of the house and playing some casual games to help improve their fitness, and while this is still the main selling point of the game, there is no denying things are starting to become more organised.

We are now in a situation where Premier League clubs such as Manchester City and Spurs encourage people in their city to play walking football on a regular basis, and where the FA have decided to come up with an official rulebook so there is no confusion about what players can and can’t do.

Not only that, but some ex football players have even been talking about a professional walking football league, where matches would be televised and thousands of people would go and watch in a stadium.

Walking football world cup

Who knows, maybe it won’t be long until we are watching a walking football world cup with players that have played in world cups from years ago? This would surely draw in millions of viewers on the television and generate millions more in advertising and sponsorships.

For now though we have 800 clubs in the UK who are playing the game on a regular basis, while thousands more play casually for fun.

the rules of walking football

So what are some of the rules you might be wondering? Obviously the main one is no running, although that doesn’t mean players are moving around at a casual pace. Some of the games do get very competitive.

There is also no tackling, especially slide tackling, and no going into the goalkeepers defensive semi-circle (similar to five a side).

In fact, many leisure centres are now reporting that walking football has become more popular than five a side, which just goes to show you how popular it is right now, especially among players over 50.

reasons to play walking football

Why has the game become so popular? Well, for one, it is a great form of exercise, while at the same time allowing men and women the chance to play the game they enjoy. Many of the people that play used to compete in local and Sunday league teams and now they get the chance to keep on putting those boots on every week and getting on the pitch.

Another reason is the social aspect, with many players enjoying a drink with their team mates and rivals after the game. This is a great way to meet new people and make friends.

If you want to play walking football then you should have no problems finding a team in your local area, or you can even start your own team and then apply to join a league once you’ve played a few friendly matches.

Remember to have fun and enjoy yourself.

Saido Berahino Still Not Playing for West Brom

Fans of West Brom would normally be watching Saido Berahino score goals, but he hasn’t played since September due to the club saying he is unfit.

This has prompted West Brom manager Tony Pulis to put Berahino on a special training regime away from the rest of the team for the last couple of months, but despite this it now seems that he is still not match fit which has led to the club sending him back to a conditioning camp in France.

Walking football to get fit

It makes you wonder if walking football would be a good game for Saido Berahino right now? The pace of the game would no doubt suit his fitness levels, while at the same time he would be able to burn extra calories without breaking too much of a sweat.

That’s not to say that playing walking football is easy. Thousands of people play it every week around the UK, although most of these people fall into the over 50 age group. For the 23 year old Berahino, a game of walking football should be a walk in the park.

Is the main problem with Berahino that he just doesn’t want to be playing for West Brom? Only he can answer that of course, but there have certainly been a lot of things going on between himself and the club.

Twitter outburst

Last year, he publicly criticised the chairman on Twitter when they refused to sell him to Spurs…something he had to apologise for later on.

It’s a shame of course, because on his day Berahino is without a doubt one of the most exciting prospects in English football, scoring goals for fun and setting up his team mates for chances as well.

It was during this time in the 2014-15 season that West Brom were on a great winning streak and in the top half of the Premiership. If only they could get Berahino back on track then it could be the start of a winning run for West Brom once again.

Berahino back on form

Will this happen though? It’s difficult to say really. If Berahino does get back into shape and is reunited with his manager and team-mates, then it’s more than possible he could recreate his form of 2 seasons ago where he scored 20 goals in 45 appearances.

Let’s wait to find out what happens here. There is no doubt the Premiership is better off with players like Berahino when they are fully fit and on form, but if he doesn’t make it back into the West Brom first team there are plenty of walking football teams out there who would welcome him into their squad.