Amputee football

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Amputee football
Highest governing body World Amputee Football Federation
Team members7
Mixed-sex Single
TypeOutdoor (mainly)
2017 European Amputee Football Championship final match between Turkey (red/black) and England. (blue). 2017EAFCfinalTURvsENG (46).jpg
2017 European Amputee Football Championship final match between Turkey (red/black) and England. (blue).

Amputee football is a disabled sport played with seven players on each team (six outfield players and one goalkeeper). Outfield players have lower extremity amputations, and goalkeepers have an upper extremity amputation. Outfield players use loftstrand (forearm) crutches, and play without their prosthesis.



The game was created by Don Bennett, who was inspired from his accidental kick of basketballs on a crutch in 1982. [1] In 1985, it became international with the help of soccer coach Bill Barry. [1]

Around the world

There are several amputee football associations around the world. A couple examples of this are the England Amputee Association and The Irish Amputee Football Association. [2] Each organization promotes the advancement of the sport and that it gains more recognition. The England Amputee Football Association states their main goal on their website as: "The England Amputee Football Association's aim is to provide all amputees, people with congenital limb deficiencies and persons with restricted use of limbs, with the opportunity to play football locally, nationally and internationally." [3]

Main competitions

Amputee Football World Cup

European Amputee Football Championship

Other championships

19991st Open European Championships Flag of Ukraine.svg Kyiv Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan
2006Volgograd Open Championships Flag of Russia.svg Volgograd Sep 24 – 30Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of England.svg  England Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan
20071st All-Africa Amputee Soccer Tournament Flag of Sierra Leone.svg Freetown FebruaryFlag of Ghana.svg  Ghana Flag of Liberia.svg  Liberia Flag of Sierra Leone.svg  Sierra Leone
2008European Amputee Football Championship Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul Oct 2–10Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey Flag of England.svg  England
20176th Amp Futbol Cup Flag of Poland.svg Warsaw Jun 24–25Flag of England.svg  England Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Flag of Japan.svg  Japan


The official FIFA sanctioned rules are: [4]

See also

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  2. "Home". Irish Amputee Football Association. 2015-12-07. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
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  4. "Amputee football – The Rules of the Game". 2016-02-04. Archived from the original on April 17, 2012. Retrieved 2016-02-18.