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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.

Walking Football Very Popular in Great Yarmouth

All around the country walking football has proved to be a hit among people of all ages, and that is no different in Great Yarmouth.

Thanks to a new football centre that has recently opened at Flegg High School, everyone can now play walking football on a weekly basis, and so far it has been very popular….nearly as popular as normal five a side football, which just goes to show you the word is getting out about this slower paced version of the game.

Walking football for over 50’s

Every Thursday at 5pm you can find a few different games of walking football at Flegg High School in Great Yarmouth to suit your age group, and according to organisers of the games it is the over 50’s age group that has been packed out week after week.

So much so that there are plans to start having walking football at the centre for two nights a week starting from next year.

A representative of Flegg High School recently said, “walking football is a great way for those who find the fast pace of regular five-a-side- slightly tougher, be they slightly older people or those recovering from an injury.”

He’s right of course, and that is one of the main reasons why the country is now seeing so many players in the over 50 age bracket taking up the game.

Everyone has a chance to play

Gone are the days when you had to give up playing football once you could no longer keep up with the pace, as walking football now gives everybody a chance to keep play despite what their fitness level may be.

That is why Flegg High School are encouraging more people to go to their weekly walking football sessions. “There is always room for more people to come along,” they commented, “it’s proving popular with people in their early 50’s.”

At the moment, walking football games in Great Yarmouth typically last for about 45 minutes. If you are still unsure about whether or not it might be suitable for you, then why not go down and watch a game? It shouldn’t take you too long to get the hang of everything though, as walking football is basically the same as normal football, just with no running and no tackling.

Walking football tactics

While the fast paced nature of football is not there, many believe it makes the game more technical, with a greater emphasis on passing accuracy and tactics. This makes for some very interesting games that have spectators on the edge of their seats.

In many areas of the country walking football is already becoming more competitive, with leagues and cups now being formed for teams that want to get serious.

For the time being at Flegg High School in Great Yarmouth things are still friendly, and if you want to check out or play in a game of walking football then you are invited down on a Thursday at 5pm. The cost is £2.50 for a 45 minute game.

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.

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.

Chelsea Among Favourites for Title

After a superb display beating Everton 5-0 at home, many experts are now saying that Chelsea are one of the favourites to win the Premiership.

Who can argue with that? It seems that new manager Antonio Conte has really put his enthusiasm into the team. This has led to a completely different style of football to what we witnessed from Chelsea last season.

Man of the Match Hazard

Put simply, it seems like many of the Chelsea stars are enjoying playing football again. The most notable standout being Eden Hazard, after his 2 goals and man of the match performance yesterday.

That puts Hazard at 7 goals this season, compared to 4 goals for the whole of last season. I think he is definitely enjoying playing under the new manager.

However, Hazard isn’t even top scorer. That award goes to striker Diego Costa who is scoring for fun so far this season with 9 goals in total.

Chelsea Played Walking Football

For much of their play it was almost like Chelsea were playing walking football. They moved around with ease and never seemed to be under pressure.

Many experts are saying this is mainly due to the new 3-4-3 system, which Conte perfected with Juventus in Italy. It is now using to great effect in the Premiership with Chelsea.

When you also consider that Chelsea are not in European competition this year it’s easy to see why so many people are saying they could be champions.

I agree with this, because teams like Manchester City and Arsenal all have extra games in Europe. But during this time the Chelsea players are getting extra rest. This will make a difference, especially towards the end of the season when those big games are coming up.

Liverpool in Great Form

Another team that are being talked about as potential champions are Liverpool. They are in great form so far this season under Jurgen Klopp. And of course, have the same advantage as Chelsea because they are not involved in European competition.

Does this mean teams like Manchester City, Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United are already out of the title picture? Not at all, but many of those teams need to start winning games if they want to be seen as real title contenders.

As we all know, Manchester City had a great start to the season. And despite beating Barcelona in the Champions League last week, their Premiership form has been poor over the last month.

Pep Guardiola Focuses on Walking Football

Maybe manager Pep Guardiola has spent most of his time helping the FA come up with the new walking football rules instead of focusing on his team? He was seen watching a walking football game last week of course.

It”s still early in the season, maybe a bit too early to be saying who are going to win the Premiership, but if Chelsea keep up this form they are in with a great chance.

Manchester City Support Walking Football

They may have beaten Barcelona on Tuesday, but the next day Manchester City stars were out to support walking football.

First team player Ilkay Gundogan and youth player Tosin Adarabioyo were out in the Manchester community playing walking football, while manager Pep Guardiola watched from the sidelines.

I think it’s great that such high profile people in the world of football are supporting walking football, especially when you consider that it was only the previous night they had just got their best Champions League result ever after beating Barcelona.

Maybe other Premiership clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are going to be doing similar things soon? Hopefully they will, especially when you consider how popular walking football is right now.

Walking Football in Manchester

This was all part of Manchester City’s walking football scheme, which was held at the City Football Academy.

As well as people from the football club, there was also members of the public invited along, where games then took place in different age groups.

One of the best things about walking football is that you can play among people of your own age, as games and leagues are mostly divided into over 40’s, over 50’s, over 60’s and over 70’s. Not only does this keep the games more competitive, but it also gives players the chance to make friends.

At the moment, most people play for fun, but there are more competitive leagues and cups, and this has prompted the FA to write an official rulebook for the game.

How to Play Walking Football

In the meantime, if you fancy trying out walking football for yourself then you should be able to find a club in your local area.

However, don’t think playing the game is easy, as many people who start playing it for the first time will tell you…it can be demanding at first and if you haven’t had much activity or exercise in the last few years then make sure you start off slowly.

Warm up before you start a game with some light stretching and jogging, and then warm down with more stretching once the game has finished.

Also, get familiar with the basic rules, such as no tackling from behind or sliding tackles. This ensures you can start enjoying the game as soon as you start playing.

How did Manchester City player Ilkay Gundogan get on with walking football you might be wondering? Well, although he scored against Barcelona on Tuesday night in the Champions League, many people thought he found walking football very challenging at first, because obviously you can’t do any running.

Yes this does take some getting used to, even for professional players, although pretty quickly he was scoring goals just like he did against Barcelona.

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.