Last updated : Sunday, 26 November 2023
Greater Manchester Walking Football League
The Greater Manchester Walking Football League is an amateur football league for people over the age of 60. It was founded in 2016 and is the first FA-affiliated over 60s league in the country.
The league has three divisions: Over 60s, Over 65s, and Over 70s. Each division consists of 8 teams, and the season runs from September to May. Matches are played on 3G pitches at Heywood Sports Village in Heywood, Greater Manchester.
The Greater Manchester Walking Football League was founded in 2016 by Steve Colesby and Garry Pearce. Colesby is the current Treasurer and Fixtures Secretary, while Pearce is the Referees Appointments and Disciplinary Secretary.
The league was the first FA-affiliated over 60s league in the country. It has attracted teams from across the Greater Manchester area, Cheshire, Cumbria, Fylde Coast, Lancashire, and Yorkshire.
The rules of walking football are similar to those of traditional football, with a few key differences. Players must keep both feet on the ground at all times, and there is no tackling. The ball must be passed every three seconds, and there are no throw-ins.
The aim of the game is to score more goals than the opposition. A goal is scored when the ball crosses the goal line and completely passes under the crossbar.