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Powerchair Football

Powerchair Football is a modified version of football/soccer for powerchair users. It is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court with a ball that is 1.5x the size of a traditional ball. There are two teams of four players (including the goal keeper). Players dribble and hit the ball around the court with a specially designed bull-bar that is mounted onto the front of their powerchair. It is a fast-paced and dynamic sport for spectators and players alike.

The game originated in France in the 1970s. The international governing body for Powerchair Football is Federation Internationale de Powerchair Football Association (FIPFA), established in 2006. Their headquarters are in Paris. FIFPFA now over 20 member countries, including Australia.

RULES

The 40 minute game is split into 20 minute halves, with a 5 minute half time break. The game is similar to the running-game of football. However Powerchair Football has two distinguishing rules:

  1. “Two-on-one”: Only one player from each team is allowed within 3 metres of the ball on court (except in the goal area). This means teammates have to spread out which enables better game flow.

  2. “3-in-the-goal-area”: The defending team is only allowed 2 players in their own goal area.

Click here to find the full set of rules: FIPFA-Laws-of-the-Game-2020

Shaun Mott (Left) from South Melbourne and Luke David (Right) from Melbourne City fighting for the ball in the Championship Match of 2019.

WHO CAN PLAY POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL

To play Powerchair Football the athlete must use a powerchair for daily mobility. Participants include persons with quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, hand trauma, stroke, spinal cord injury and other disabilities.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Whether you are just starting out or have been doing it for years, there is a club for you to play Powerchair Football in 2021! We encourage anyone who is interested to fill out our expression of interest form below and our team will invite you over to one of our upcoming events.

We welcome all ages, abilities and experience levels. Powerchair Sports Victoria can also help provide a spare powerchair to help you test out the sport. A foot guard is required for Powerchair Football and there will be a limited amount available that can be provided by us. We can also point you in the right direction on where to get some made up!

As our competition grows, more clubs and programs will form across Victoria. Get in contact with one of our clubs listed below!

CLUBS

COMPETITION

Powerchair Football is played in the Pride Mobility Victorian Powerchair League which usually commences in August and concludes in April. There are two divisions in the competition, Division 1 is for the top players around Victoria. Division 2 is a mixture of junior players and those who are new to the sport.

PATHWAYS

At a national level there are club championships for Powerchair Football which features clubs from all around Australia and New Zealand. There are also pathways for players to represent Australia at various world championships and events.

RESOURCES

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South Melbourne players Craig Kilby (Left) and Gavin Thorneycroft (Right)