Powerchair Football

 

Powerchair Football is one of the fastest growing sports for power wheelchair users. The sport was originally developed in France in the early 70’s and was introduced to the United States in the early 80’s. Since then many countries created their own version of the sport which led to an international meeting in Paris, France 2005.

It was the vision of the six countries that attended to create an international organisation and unify the rules for international competition. The international organisation, "Federation International de Powerchair Football Association" was born. This development led to the formal organisation of the United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA) in 2006. Powerchair Football is a competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for electric wheelchair users. These participants include persons with quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, head trauma, stroke, spinal cord injury and other disabilities.

Powerchair Football combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and power of the chair itself, to participate in an extremely challenging game similar to able bodied football. The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. Two teams of four power chair users attack defend, and spin-kick a 13-inch (33cm )soccer ball in an attempt to score goals.

 

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