Whether you love footy or are just looking for a fun way to stay active, Walking Footy might be the ideal activity for you. Brought to you by SANFL and ECH, Walking Footy is a fun, modified Australian Rules Football program created for people aged 50 or over.
Played in small teams on a field the size of a basketball court, Walking Footy is a fun, inclusive and safe game with no running, tackling or bumping involved.
It’s is a great way to meet new people and incorporate exercise in your life in a social and fun way.
2023 WALKING FOOTY GAMES
A new-6 week season is starting Wednesday 15 February – Wednesday 22 March at Unley Oval. All games run from 10am-11am with coffee at a nearby cafe after.
If you would like to play Walking Footy at Unley Oval, please come along on the day or register your interest here: sanfl.com.au/inside-sanfl/events/2023-sanfl-ech-walking-footy-program-t1-unley-oval/
Is Walking Footy right for you?
SANFL and ECH Walking Footy is an inclusive game and much less physically demanding than traditional footy. It involves no tackling and is played on a smaller field, allowing people with varying fitness levels to participate.
So whether you are a budding SANFL champion or you’ve never watched a match, the game provides everyone aged 50 or over an opportunity to get involved at any level.
Walking Footy Rules
- 6 v 6 mixed teams
- No tackling or bumping
- Field size 15m x 30m
- Field split into zones – forward, midfield and back
Midfield plays in all zones, forwards and backs restricted to respective zone and midfield
- Only forwards can score
Goal can only be scored by kicking. Goals can only be scored inside the forward zone
- Ball must be touched in each zone
- Kick, handball or throw
- Tag for holding the ball
Tag by touching the players back and yelling “tag”. Player has three seconds to dispose of ball after tag
- Turnover last touch out of bounds
- Centre ball up
Midfield ruck contest to begin each quarter and after each score
- Eight-minute quarters
Two-minute quarter and four-minute half-time breaks
- Watch this short video to see the rules in action