From today I am pleased to announce the reorganisation and launch of the the new England Walking Football Committee (EWFC) Council. It is now time for me to step away from the EWFC whereby I will have no involvement with the newly formed Council as they now have full responsibility and control of all management and operational issues.
Its been a great Journey although not without its ups and downs that said, I am extremely proud of the EWFC and what has been achieved so far. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved be it Managers, Players or friends for all your support. I sincerely trust you all get behind the new Council and give them your full support.
I would also like to announce I have also made the difficult decision to hand over the reigns of the IWFF, my successor will be announced shortly.
I have every confidence my successor will take the IWFF forward in a professional manner and build on all the work that has taken place over the last couple of years. I will continue my journey in walking football supporting the International Walking Football Federation (IWFF).
I look forward to seeing you all at some point in the future at an International WF event.
The IWFF are proud to offer you the opportunity to win our first off the assembly line FIFA standard ball ,
1-Please enter your name and team chosen into this ,The only recognised official thread
2- you can choose as many teams as you like , once you have chosen your team(s) . Pay £5 per Team to IWFF Ltd Sort Code : 30 96 94 Account number : 29194160 Reference : your name BALL,your team(s) selection.
3- when monies are received your name will be entered onto the card on this page, which will be updated regularly for all to see.
It is clear that FIFA has become concerned about other parties using their registered trade marks for “walking football” related events and goods. They have recently written to a number of parties about the names they are using, including FIWFA, judging by the report in today’s Sun, as indicated by the following link:
To those who are confused by initials in this field FIWFA is the international arm of The Walking Football Association (WFA); FIWFA Ltd was only incorporated in February 2019. We at the IWFF have no connection with either sets of initials.
The IWFF did however, receive a letter from FIFA gently pointing out that we should not call our competitions “WORLD CUP” because it could infringe some of their registered trade marks. The IWFF has always been entirely happy to co-operate with FIFA and was happy to agree names that FIFA could approve, as we have previously publicised.
FIWFA appear to have responded to FIFA’s letter by attempting to use the media to generate sympathy – branding FIFA’s actions as “bullying”. The IWFF does not believe that pointing out the existence of trade mark registrations should be considered to be “bullying”. Especially as the WFA’s own newsletter issued yesterday appears to suggest that the letter that FIWFA ( or WFA) received from FIFA was friendly. For the record, we have been advised that FIFA have registered the following trade marks, for a range of goods and services:
FIFA WORLD CUP;
FOOTBALL WORLD CUP;
It would ultimately be for the Courts to decide, for example, whether FIWFA is confusingly similar to FIFA and whether the choice of the name FIWFA was intended to trade on the longstanding reputation of FIFA in the world of football, or whether the use of the words WORLD CUP would infringe any of FIFA’s registered trade marks.
But to be clear, any dispute is for The WFA and FIWFA to sort out – and the dispute has no impact whatsoever on the activities of the IWFF, whose correspondence with FIFA has always been entirely amicable.