The walking world football championships

From July 14 to 17, 20 teams from 8 nations will compete for the title. The discipline invented by the English in 2011 also allows players to play who, due to age or health, could not go out on the field. It’s called walking football or better yet football, but the substance doesn’t change: we are facing a new way of living and interpreting the ‘most beautiful game in the world’ that proposes rules studied ad hoc to prevent injuries and allow play. which, for reasons of health or age, would cost him to go out into the field.

From 14 to 17 July Florence will host the World Championships. After Sweden was assigned the 2021 edition, which was not contested at the time due to the pandemic, Italy obtained the mandate to organize the next edition, based on the values ​​and organizational capacity known around the world. In the presentation of the event, this morning at the Palazzo Vecchio, the Sports Councilor Cosimo Guccione, Andrea Polverosi, Italian delegate of the International Football Walking Federation, Sauro Fattori, Italian national player over 60 years old and former player of the ‘ACF Fiorentina, Francesco Fornai, head of marketing and Simone Polverini as head of communications.

To close, the online greetings from Alan Rose, President of IWFF.
‘Walked football’ was born in England in 2011, following a survey among members of more than 50 clubs in which they were asked what activity they would like to do. It turned out that many still wanted to play football. Hence the idea of ​​creating a new game, as faithful as possible to the football we know and practice, that allows older people with reduced physical abilities to go out on the field.
In general, the rules of walking shooting are 20. The hard and fast rule is that at the slightest hint of running, the referee stops the game and gives a free kick to rivals. While you are ready to make the big eyes fast. Among other things, contrast and physical contact are prohibited; it is not allowed to play the ball over the players’ heads (no one is allowed); the match is played with six players per team on the field (6 against 6): 5 players and 1 goalkeeper. And again, the standard field size is 20 feet by 40 feet; the size of the door is 4m (width) and 2m (height) (4x2m); Matches last two 10-minute halves, with a short break after the first half. All players (except the goalkeeper) are left out of the marked goal areas. in front of the door. There are no offside rules.

Currently 8 nations are registered for the World Championships in Florence and a total of more than 20 teams distributed in the categories over 50, more than 60 and more than 70 men and more than 40 women; a number that could have been higher, but unfortunately the war in Ukraine has limited participation. The matches will take place in the province of Florence (sports facility ‘Innocenti’ Asd Sestese Calcio in Sesto Fiorentino, sports field ‘E. Boschi’ Upd Isolotto in Florence) and in the province of Siena (in the Gs San Miniato sports center).


The opening and closing ceremonies and the final matches will be held at the CTF in Coverciano, the institutional headquarters of the 11th national football team. our city continues to host important events We have not stopped even by the pandemic “. “The ‘football walk’ is certainly little known,” he said. It is an honor and a pleasure to have been commissioned to organize the next World Walking Football Championships – says Andrea Polverosi – Thanks to my staff and thanks to the institutions that are giving us fundamental support, especially the municipality of Florence, we will be able to demonstrate, once again, the quality and the high value of the organizational capacity of our territory. river for big events, in an excellence of the sport tourism. A tourism that offers the best of itself in a mixture of art, culture and sport “.

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