Walking Football Controversy – 2 Recent Articles
2 Articles reproduced from the Walking Football United Website.
I want You To Stop Running
Obviously from the name of the sport certain intrinsic values and laws must be adhered to. These can be written down and passed around, but come the hour, come the fail. It just doesn’t sink in. Personal gain and team attainment is more the constant prevalence than the ethos, value and credibility of the game.
Where it can be stated that the Referee has infinite control of the game, there has to be a personal and team affirmation that the rules are not being broken to the point of ignorance, indifference and gain. How is it just not possible that teams cannot/will not call judgement on themselves whilst engaged in the game? It beggars belief that clubs happily extol their virtuous Walking Football performances on You Tube without a care about how their game is perceived by the wider community.
Revitalised football careers, added new health and ability is no excuse for affirming those qualities in a game where the very essence is not showing those capabilities. Individuals need to take a long look at themselves if they claim to be participating in Walking Football. Teams need to be up on themselves rather than their opponents when they are themselves over-indulgent in non-conforming.
When The Cat’s Away
A very well known facilitator of Walking Football in their county to Walking Football United happened upon an opportunity to drop in on one of the sessions set up by his own hard work, as an observer. Within some 10 minutes, he felt compelled to storm across the session play and pick the ball up. “What on earth do you think you are doing!” he bawled. “You haven’t stopped running since I got here, and why are you tackling players with your arms?” Just two examples of a blatant disregard for Walking Football rules.
He let fly and remonstrated that if the session continued to play the way it was they could all call it regular football and dispense with the ‘walking’ tag. There were more expletives and some hard line explanation of what was required of the game. Once content that some form of acknowledgement was attained, he retreated to the sidelines. Moments later, one of the rebuked was observed running down the touchline. All was lost.
Not too dissimilar from regular sessions – no referee – no standard. If nobody is appointed to oversee the game, what hope is there? A run is tolerated by a referee-less group, and another at a slightly increased speed is also acceptable because the first one wasn’t ruled upon. Now the game is in a state of permanent fragmentation, and all is lost. It is just not acceptable that everyone having a great football time of it comes at a cost when the very essence of what is expected is nowhere near at an acceptable level.
‘Great session lads’ might be the overwhelming final ecstasy, but that session is basically fraudulent if at no time players are brought to bare the admissions of their indiscretions. Ignorance or dis-acknowledgement is a poor substitute for enjoyment when the very prerequisite of the game is abandoned for the want of such small ‘significant’ gains. Individuals and collective groups need to seriously take a long hard look at themselves and ascertain if they individually, or as a group, are doing a dis-service to the game. The game is far more honourable than any one person. Singularly, players must ask the question and ascertain which is the bigger – the game or the self.
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The points raised in these 2 articles are something we, as a club, need to take on-board. Our training sessions are always self refereed and we all know that running and physical contact are prevalent in our sessions. Perhaps it’s time we started abiding by the ethos of the walking football concept.
With the new non contact rules coming into force next year there will be no option but to endorse that particular one. As for running, well let’s try and eliminate it from our game. We all know it’s difficult but as the refereeing standards improve, and they will, it will be a matter of comply or get sin-binned, and that only has a detrimental effect on the team. Any Comments?