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.
The health of our clients, residents and staff is our highest priority. Following the advice and recommendations from SA Health and the Australian Government Department of Health on the current COVID-19 situation, all planned SANFL and ECH Walking Footy competitions have been cancelled until further notice.
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