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Posted by portugalpress on March 13, 2018
East Algarve Walking Football and Brackley Saints (Northamptonshire) at last year's event
EAWF Olhão will be hoping to retain the Albufeira Walking Football Cup

The third annual competition organised by Algarve Football Tours kicks-off on Monday at 11am at the Estádio da Nora in Ferreiras, Albufeira.

Thirteen teams from Sheffield United, Oxford United, Brackley Saints (Northamptonshire) and a UK Select Team will join Silver Coast Strollers (Costa de Prata, Portugal), Bellavista Strollers (Lagos), Browns Sports Club (Vilamoura), East Algarve Walking Football (Tavira) and last year’s returning champions EAWF Soccer Olhanense Strollers.

Thousands of older men across Europe have rediscovered the joys of playing football again through a sport that makes the basic elements of a match accessible to them by slowing the game down.

Walking football, which is supposed to involve a free-kick every time a player runs, was only invented seven years ago and first appeared in the Algarve in Olhão some three years ago.

The pace of walking football may be more leisurely, but the game is still fiercely competitive.

A full two-day programme of games in Albufeira, on three pitches, will conclude with the finals on the Tuesday afternoon followed by a presentation dinner in the stadium restaurant in the evening.



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