Discover SANFL and ECH Walking Footy

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 modified Australian Rules Football program created specifically for people aged 50 or over.


Played in teams of 6 people on a field the size of a basketball court, SANFL and ECH Walking Footy is designed to be a fun, inclusive and safe game with no running, tackling or bumping involved.

SANFL and ECH Walking Footy is a great way to meet new people and incorporate exercise in your life in a social and fun way. Why not come along to the final free come and try sessions in February, click here for details.


SANFL and ECH Walking Footy season competitions are fast approaching so don’t miss out on your chance to play. For six weeks teams will be competing to become winners in the first indoor and outdoor season competitions!

Competitions will take place at the following two locations:
• AFL Max (indoor) – Tuesday mornings (season running from 3 March to 7 April)
• West Adelaide Football Club (outdoor) – Wednesday mornings (season running from 4 March to 8 April)

Sign up now! Register as a team or as an individual for the March 2020 season, or register your interest for future competitions.

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

Free come and try sessions

Why not come along and try a social game of Walking Footy to see if it’s for you?

SANFL and ECH will be organising Come and Try sessions in the lead-up to the inaugural SANFL and ECH Walking Football Competition kicking off in March 2020. The final Come and Try Session will be held Wednesday 26 February at AFL Max, 32 Butler Boulevard, Adelaide Airport 5950. To register, click the button below.


All Come and Try sessions are free and incorporate basic skills and rules training, as well as a friendly game, allowing participants to develop their skills and feel confident about applying the rules. All you need is sports/gym attire, running shoes and a drink bottle.