Modified Rules for Walking Football

A goalkeeper may not leave the penalty area. Should they do so the opposing team receives a direct free kick from the penalty spot.

A goalkeeper is permitted to leave the confines of their area (if agreed at the start, or attendance numbers are low).

The goalkeeper is permitted to receive back passes. They may opt either to kick the ball out of the area or pick it up and throw it.

A goalkeeper is only permitted to throw the ball out of the area with an under arm motion. Should they throw the ball with an over arm action a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team from the penalty spot.

A goalkeeper cannot score direct from the penalty area unless the ball has struck or deflected off another player on the pitch.

In non-competition format, after a goal has been conceded the goalkeeper of that team may restart play by a throw-in or kick-in instead of having the game restarted from the centre spot.

In non-competition, the game may incorporate a two-touch format.

In non-competition, the game can adopt a strict non-contact policy where any close proximity contact or tackling may result in a direct free kick to the opposing team.

Goal kicks are awarded to the defending team if the ball crosses over the goal line – which do not allow play to continue if the ball rebounds off the goal line wall. Defenders may not intentionally kick the ball behind the goal line to gain the advantage of a goalkeeper kick-in.

In non-competition matches where this ruling is applied, play may continue as per normal, or a 3-pass rule before a scored goal is permitted, can be applied.

Corner kicks are an option that can be adopted as a playing format.

Goals may only be scored in the attacking half.

If a height restriction on the ball is in effect, only deliberate kicks or throws over the set height are penalised with indirect free kicks. Deflections causing the ball to rise above the set height are deemed accidental and not penalise.

Players may not hold onto walls or barriers to assist holding up or shielding the ball. An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team of a player who infringes this rule.

Any of the options above can be utilised to suit the participants’ preferences, on a game by game basis.

In Competition Matches the Rules set out for such games must be adhered to. Exceptions to these rules may arise due to the constraints of the venues themselves – i.e. low ceiling, no barriers, open pitch (corners, kick-ins.) These exceptions must be made known to all participants prior to play.

Competition games concise rules


20 minutes each way duration (reduce to 15 mins if playing consecutive games, 10 minutes if 3 or more games).

Size 4 football / futsal indoor, regular size 5 ball outside 3/4g pitches.

No running, jogging – on or off the ball by any player.

Low impact tackling only. No heel, ankle rapping from behind or side. No slide-ins.

No off-sides.

Corners, kick-ins part of play if pitch possesses touchlines/goal lines & no walls/barriers.

Rebounds off walls, barriers permitted if indoors/no touchlines/goal lines.

No entry into penalty area (except by momentum and no advantage gained).

No goalkeeper egress from penalty area (except by momentum, or if sliding forward whilst making a save & carried self out – ball and upper body still inside area).

All free kicks are indirect.

3mtr exclusion distance on opponent player from ball from free kicks, kick-ins.

Offensive free kicks near penalty area line move ball back 3mtrs (allows defenders to position themselves between ball & goal).

Ball head height restriction on all kicks, goalkeeper throws, deflections.

Ball deflected or saved by the keeper above head height is goalkeeper’s possession.

Goalkeeper may receive back passes & may use either feet or pick up & throw to put ball back in play.

Goalkeeper may only throw using an under arm action.

Goalkeeper must wear a shirt or bib that distinguishes from others.

No holding onto walls/barrier to block or shield ball.

3 flexi subs – any time, any player.

No goal direct from kick-offs, kick-ins, drop balls; goalkeepers kick, throw, clearance.

Goals can be scored from any outfield position.

If ball out of play across barrier – kick-in to team not touching ball last before it crossed barrier, 2mtrs in from barrier.

‘Sin Bin’ in effect. Referee operates blue (sin bin – 2 mins), yellow & red card procedures.

Player sent off takes no further part in match. Team substitute a sent off player after 5 minutes or first conceded goal – whichever occurs first.