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Ethos and Rules

Golden Oldies Football Ethos and Rules:

Golden Oldies Football Festivals are bringing together football enthusiasts, 35 years of age and over to share their interest in football, their love of the sport and to enjoy time spent with fellow enthusiasts.

There are four main principles on which every Golden Oldies World Football Festival is built on:

  1. To provide players from any country an environment in which sportsmanship and camaraderie thrive. The Festivals are founded on Fun, Friendship and Fraternity for those who have retired from serious competitive play, but wish to continue participating in their favourite sport for sheer enjoyment.
  2. To provide an environment for participants to play against others who still prefer to play games more competitively, the opportunity to do so against like-minded teams, but still remaining dedicated to playing in a spirit of goodwill.
  3. To provide opportunities for team members and their spouses or partners to travel, create new friendships and renew old acquaintances.
  4. To encourage continuing respect for the traditions and values of football.

Together, these opportunities can contribute to highlighting and promoting football throughout the world, and to creating positive reasons for enthusiasts to retain an active interest in football.

 For Anyone Over 35

Golden Oldies Festivals are open to men and women over 35 years of age from any part of the world. Whether you are part of an established team or you are an individual or group of mates looking to join a Festival – you are all welcome.

Golden Oldies Football Rules and Standards

  1. The laws of football apply to Golden Oldies Football except where varied to suit Golden Oldies Footballers. The rules of Golden Oldies Football may be varied from those suggested with the agreement of the captains of the teams involved in the match.
  2. The rules are designed to maximise participation and enjoyment. The rules and variations may take account of the region in which the match is taking place and the pitches on which matches are played.
  3. There will be no restrictions on the number of substitutions during the game
  4. Suggested variations that can be applied at the option of the captains (designed to increase participation of all members of teams).
  5. Games will consist of two 30 minute halves
  6. All players must wear shin pads


  1. Age Groupings
    1. 35+, 40+, 50+ and Over 60’s
  2. Sections
    1. Men’s, Women’s and Mixed
  3. Grade
    1. Competitive, Semi-Competitive and Social

Teams are graded according to age group and preferred standard of play. There is no upper age limit per grade (e.g. A 60 year old may play in the 35+ grade) and it is at the organiser’s discretion to allow up to two slightly younger players per team as long as they play in the spirit of Golden Oldies.

Within mixed teams, a maximum of four female players are allowed on the field at any one time.

No team is required to play a mixed team however it is encouraged that teams enjoy the competitive by genial approach of female players.

Respect for the Game:

  1. Teams are expected to respect our great game, their opponents, referees and supporters by recognising that the Golden Oldies Ethos represents good sportsmanship, decent standards, friendship, fraternity and enjoyment of one of the greatest games.
  2. Teams are expected to wear correct football clothing, including shin pads.

Golden Oldies Football is a wonderful celebration of the great game of football...relax and enjoy.

If you have any questions or require further clarification on the Ethos and Laws please do not hesitate to be in touch with Ellie Bigsby

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