In praise of three touch walking football…
Phil Dawson – on the In off the Post forum on walking football . com
“My club who play 3 touch football recently played another local club who play normal touch football. We agreed at the start of the game that we would play our rules v their rules. The passing & movement of my team despite the fact we have only been playing for about 4 months was brilliant & we played them off the park.
I think that there’s a lot more interaction with 3 touch and encourages players to pass & move which must be better than giving the ball to the team superstar & then stand around watching him lose it time after time.”
“We use 3 touch at most of our lunchtime sessions. We allow all 70+ unlimited touches and if we had a newbie or someone who is struggling we would allow them to have unlimited. I usually ref and shout when an unlimited player has the ball. A few not happy when initially introduced- usually greedy & clumsy- but most think it is the best way to keep all involved and common consensus that I has greatly improved most players. We had concerns that it would affect out competitive team but if anything it has also helped. Happy to discuss anytime.”
Niall O’Donnell Chairman Wakefield Walking Football Wakefield Wanderers
“……all of the rules we use at my sessions are based on medically proven facts, to ensure we are playing safely.
We carried out studies In the Hampshire area with all the affiliated teams recording data and it showed there is 60% less tackling with 3 touch football. Also there is twice as many goals scored In the same game time compared to all in multi touch.
The game is still competitive enough but there is less requirement to make last gasp tackles as once you have shut down your opponents route to goal using careful positioning, you effectively are forcing them to pass to their teammate and you need to work as a team to force them into mistakes and obviously move the ball quicker to find space and break down opponents.
It becomes more inclusive for the lesser skilled players because usually the players who perceive themselves as “better players” tend to dribble and hold on to the ball too long.
It definitely works for us and we only enter (and run) tournaments that play these safer rules”…..Michael Quinn – Sports Therapist
“Because three touch discourages dribbling and holding onto the ball – which itself tends to attract ‘contact’. I think a mindset of standing off players while they take their three touches is prevalent. So a spin off could be fewer contact offences and temptation to tackle where contact is always a risk even if the tackler has the best of intentions. Possession regained after a sloppy, misdirected or intercepted pass becomes the primary way of reclaiming the ball. With more passes the opportunities to do so are increased. I’ve invited groups in Scotland to explain what makes this form of the game so attractive to them and if I get responses I’ll share them here” – Alan Richards
“This mornings session was enjoyable and some excellent football played easier to see from in goal. Also it seems everybody gets involved more, those who like to dribble should hopefully see that move and pass is the way walking football should be played and may give the edge required to improve on runners up. ”
“I have been using 2 and 3 touch in our sessions for 4 years and without exception all players have improved their first touch, spatial awareness and passing abilities. I also play defending to a half a metre of the player in possession .”
……Uxbridge Amblers WFC via Twitter
“I am a fan of 3 touch , but my issue is that in competitive matches , it needs 2 officials , refs can barely stop the running / running off the ball problem and we expect them to be counting how many touches a player is making ?”
……..Barnet Walking Football