England Walking Football

Background to the England Walking Football squads

The whole aim of forming England Walking Football squads at Over 50 and 60 was to raise the profile of the sport.

Paul Murtagh and Stuart Langworthy were appointed as Over 50 and 60 England Managers in October 2018 following a rigorous interview. They then set about selecting a squad for each age.

We had over 300 people originally nominated for trials at these two age groups. Four regional trials and one final trial later, two squads were selected to play the first ever match against Italy at The Amex Stadium, Brighton, in May 2018, with huge media coverage.

England Walking Football is a founding member of The Federation of International Walking Football Associations (FIWFA)

These squads have played matches against Wales, Gibraltar and Greece with return matches against Italy and Wales. They have also won the first ever European Nations Cup.

The players have become role models for the sport and away matches have created a great deal of interest in those countries and participation rates have increased.

Training of coaches and referees and ambassadorial work of England staff in other countries such as Hong Kong, Cyprus. Malaysia, Singapore, Guernsey, Greece and Rwanda has also really helped to raise the profile of the sport.

Many of those countries have now managed to form national teams themselves.

Some of these emerging nations are hoping to participate in the FIWFA World Cup, Manchester 2021.

Current squads

England Walking Football squads

In October 2019, trials took place for a women’s squad and for Over 70s. This gave us further England teams – Women Over 40 and 50 and Men Over 70s – with the first matches for these groups taking place in Guernsey in November 2019.

Contact us
Over 50 Manager Assistant Manager Coach
Paul Murtagh Dave Castle Dave Scotney
Over 60 Manager Assistant Manager Coach
Stuart Langworthy Ross Langworthy Spencer Pratten
Over 65 Manager Assistant Manager Coach
Chris Keil John Cooper James Trant
Over 70 Manager Assistant Manager Coach
Gareth Lewis
Over 75 Manager Assistant Manager Coach
Danny Ward Des Bremner
Women Over 40 Manager Assistant Manager Coach
Stuart Langworthy Elle Gough
Women Over 50 Manager Assistant Manager Coach
Karen Sharman Paul Murtagh Rachel Mutch
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2020 – England Over 50’s team

Playing for England Walking Football

How to get a trial for the England Walking Football squads

To be considered for a trial to play for the England Walking Football squads, you must play for a WFA Affiliated Walking Football team and must be born in England or have at least 5 years residency in England.

Details of how to get your club affiliated to The WFA can be found on the Affiliation in the main menu, or by visiting the affiliation page.

If you are an affiliated club official and would like to submit a player, please use the button below.

The Over 60’s England Walking Football Squads

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The Over 50’s and Over 60’s England Walking Football Squads

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The future is looking good

England Walking Football squads from strength to strength

From October 2018 when the first managerial appointments were made, to the present day, I don’t think anyone could have envisaged how successful the WFA England teams would be – both on the pitch and in all the work that has happened around the world to raise the profile of the game.

Over 80 players attended the Training Day in Derby, March 2020

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The England Kit

England Walking Football kit, supplied by Puma

The England squads will be entering the playing surface in top quality kit, thanks to a deal with Puma.

Puma, is one of the World’s premier kit manufacturers, supplying kits to teams such as Manchester City, AC Milan, Olympique De Marseille, Borussia Dortmund and Valencia.

So we are delighted to be wearing their kit for all our international matches.

Discover more about Puma.

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The Over 70’s England Walking Football Squad

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The Over 70’s England Walking Football Squad

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Women's squads

Women’s over 40s and over 50s

In 2019 we introduced a women’s over 40s and women’s over 50s teams. This was to recognise the growth of women’s Walking Football in the UK and around the world.

Full Internationals

Full England Walking Football International Matches
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England

2

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Italy

0

May 2018

Amex Stadium, Brighton

Team: Jaques, Keating, Bradley, Hanson, Brown, Kirby, Norton, Evans, Ward, Walton.

Scorers: Evans, Walton

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Wales

0

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3

Sept 2018

Barry Town Stadium

Team: Keating, Bradley, Hanson, Brown, Kirby, Norton, Evans, Ward, Walton

Scorers: Evans, Walton, Norton

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England

7

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Wales

1

March 2019

St Georges Park

Keating, Bradley, Hanson, Brown, Kirby, Milligan, Evans, Ward, Walton.

Scorers: Milligan 2, Evans 2, Walton, Brown, Ward

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Italy

0

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April 2019

Italy

Keating, Bradley, Hanson, Brown, Kirby, Milligan, Evans, Ward, Walton, Castle.

Scorers: 1-3 on pens, (Milligan, Hanson, Walton)

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England

2

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Italy

1

June 2019

Chesterfield FC

Keating, Pass, Bradley, Hanson, Brown, Kirby, Milligan, Evans, Ward, Walton, Scotney, Morris.

Scorers: Milligan, Brown

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Wales

1

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England

5

June 2019

Chesterfield FC

Keating, Pass, Bradley, Hanson, Brown, Kirby, Milligan, Evans, Ward, Walton, Scotney, Morris.

Scorers: Evans 2, Milligan, Scotney, Walton

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England

4

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Italy

1

June 2019

Chesterfield FC

Keating, Pass, Bradley, Hanson, Brown, Kirby, Milligan, Evans, Ward, Walton, Scotney, Morris.

Scorers: Evans 2, Brown, Milligan

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Greece

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October 2019

Crete ISF World Cup

Keating, Hanson, Brown, Kirby, Henry, Morris, Scrace, Langworthy.

England Walking Football Match Reports

Read the full match reports from England Walking Football International Matches

Guernsey 0 v 2 England – First ever Woman’s Walking Football International

This historic match was played in dreadful conditions, but with a superb spirit being shown by both sides. Unfortunately, due to days of torrential rain, the original venue, the Track, home of Bellgrave Wanderers, was declared unplayable as a result of being waterlogged on Thursday. The committee in Guernsey worked a minor miracle and managed…

Record attendance of 3500 for a Walking Football match

The WFA have entered into a partnership agreement with Leisure Leagues – and as a result had a wonderful opportunity to play in the stadium build on the beach in Rethymno, for the Socca World Cup. The Over 60s played as the stadium was filling up for the 3rdv4th playoff, featuring Greece, so finished playing…

European Nations Cup – Over 60s

June 9th – the wonderful ProAct Stadium, Chesterfield, home of Walking Football. England Over 50’s successfully competed in the first-ever European Nations Cup. Only three nations had gone through a selection process to pick teams to represent their respective countries in what was a landmark event held at Chesterfield Football Club, where the modern version…

Italy v England Walking Football

England over 50s and 60s Walking Football teams travelled to Novara, near Milan for their latest international matches. Having created history in May 2018 by playing the first ever Walking Football International match at the AMEX stadium, Brighton, the Italians were out for revenge and this was another historic day with England playing their first…

Over 60s – England v Wales 03/03/19

Two very competitive matches took place at the superb St Georges Park on 3rd March against our rivals from across the border. Wales have improved significantly since our first meeting in September and we knew that this would be our sternest challenge, to date. In the Shadow Squad game, England started strongly and had 4…

England First Team 7 – Wales First Team 1

England Over 50’s had an emphatic victory at St Georges Park as they continued their unbeaten run. From early on England had dominated play and prodded several good opportunities and twice rattled the post and bar before a rebound of the keeper was volleyed home by Paul Walton. Though possession continued heavily in England’s favour…