Paralympic association football

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Paralympic football consists of adaptations of the sport of association football for athletes with a physical disability. These sports are typically played using International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) rules, with modifications to the field of play, equipment, numbers of players, and other rules as required to make the game suitable for the athletes.

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The two most prominent versions of Paralympic football are 5-a-side football for athletes with visual impairments, and 7-a-side football for athletes with cerebral palsy.

5-a-side football

5-a-side football, also known as futsal and blind football, is an adaptation of football for athletes with visual impairments including blindness. The sport, governed by the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA), is played with modified FIFA rules. The field of play is smaller, and is surrounded by boards. Teams are reduced to five players, including the goalkeeper, per team. Teams may also use one guide, who is positioned off the field of play, to assist in directing players. The ball is equipped with a noise-making device to allow players to locate it by sound. Matches consist of two 25-minute halves, with a ten-minute break at half-time.

Brazil vs. Argentina in the Final of the Football for 5 at the 2007 Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro Football 5 Parapan 2007 Final.jpg
Brazil vs. Argentina in the Final of the Football for 5 at the 2007 Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro

Football 5-a-side players are assigned to one of three sport classes based on their level of visual impairment:

Teams are permitted to use sighted athletes as goalkeepers and guides; sighted goalkeepers cannot have been registered with FIFA for at least five years.

Two types of competition exist. For Class B1 games, only athletes with sport class B1 are permitted as players, with the exception of the goalkeepers and the guides, who may be class B2, B3, or sighted. For Class B2/B3 games, teams can field players in sport classes B2 and B3; at least two B2 players must be on the field at all times.

5-a-side football in Europe was developed in Spain. The first Spanish national championships took place in Spain in 1986. In South America, there are records of a Brazilian Tournament organized in 1980. European and American Championships took place in 1997, followed by the first World Championships in 1998. The sport was added to the Summer Paralympic Games in 2004.

Brazil was champion of the world tournaments in 1998, 2000, 2010 and 2014 [1] and Argentina won in 2004 and 2006.

IBSA Blind Football World Championships (Men's B1)

YearVenueWinnersScoreRunners-upThird placeScoreFourth placeNumber of teams
1998
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg
Campinas
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1–0Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2–0Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 6
2000
Details
Flag of Spain.svg
Jerez
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 3–0Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 4–0Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 8
2002
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg
Rio de Janeiro
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 4–2Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2–0Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 9
2006
Details
Flag of Argentina.svg
Buenos Aires
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1–0Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 2–1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 8
2010
Details
Flag of England.svg
Hereford
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2–0Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 1–0Flag of England.svg  England 10
2014
Details
Flag of Japan.svg
Tokyo
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1–0Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 0–0 (2-0 in Penalty)Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 12
2018
Details
Flag of Spain.svg
Madrid
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2–0Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 2–1Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 16

IBSA Blind Football World Championships (Men's B2/B3=Partially Sighted)

YearVenueWinnersScoreRunners-upThird placeScoreFourth placeNumber of teams
1998
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg
Campinas
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 3–2Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 9–2Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 6
2002
Details
Flag of Italy.svg
Varese
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 14–2Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 3–2Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 12
2013
Details
Flag of Japan.svg
Miyagi
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1–0 (AET)Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Flag of England.svg  England 14–0Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 4
2017
Details
Flag of Italy.svg
Cagliari
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 3–0Flag of England.svg  England Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 2–2 (2-1 in Penalty)Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 8
2021
Details

IBSA Blind Football World Championships (Women's B1)

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IBSA Blind Football World Championships (Women's B2/B3=Partially Sighted)

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Blind Football at the IBSA World Games

Men's B1

YearVenueWinnersScoreRunners-upThird placeScoreFourth placeNumber of teams
2007
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg
São Paulo
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2–0Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 0–0(1-0 in Penalty)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 4
2011
Details
Flag of Turkey.svg
Antalya
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 3–0Flag of France.svg  France Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 3–0Flag of England.svg  England 7
2015
Details
Flag of South Korea.svg
Seoul
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 2–1Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1–0Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 9
2019
Details

Men's B2/B3

YearVenueWinnersScoreRunners-upThird placeScoreFourth placeNumber of teams
2007
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg
São Paulo
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 1–1(3-2 in Penalty)Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 4–0Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 4
2011
Details
Flag of Turkey.svg
Antalya
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 5–1Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 7–4Flag of England.svg  England 9
2015
Details
Flag of South Korea.svg
Seoul
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 3–1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 2–1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 5
2019
Details

Women's B1

Women's B2/B3

IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships

Until 2017 only in Men's B1 (not Women's and not Men's B2/B3)

YearVenueWinnersScoreRunners-upThird placeScoreFourth placeNumber of teams
2005
Details
Flag of Vietnam.svg
Ho Chi Minh City
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Round RobinFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam Round Robinnone3
2007
Details
Flag of South Korea.svg
Seoul
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 3–0Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 1–0Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 4
2009
Details
Flag of Japan.svg
Tokyo
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 2–0Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 0–0 (1-0 in Penalty)Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 5
2011
Details
Flag of Japan.svg
Sendai
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 1–0Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2–0Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 4
2013
Details
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
Beijing
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 0–0 (3-2 in Penalty)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Round Robinnone3
2015
Details
Flag of Japan.svg
Tokyo
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 0–0 (1-0 in Penalty)Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 0–0 (2-1 in Penalty)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 6
2017
Details
Flag of Malaysia.svg
Kuala Lumpur
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 2–0Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 2–0Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 6

Blind Football at the Asian Para Games

Until 2014 only in Men's B1 (not Women's and not Men's B2/B3)

YearVenueWinnersScoreRunners-upThird placeScoreFourth placeNumber of teams
2010
Details
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
Guangzhou
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 1–0Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 0–0 (2-1 in Penalty)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 5
2014
Details
Flag of South Korea.svg
Incheon
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Round RobinFlag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Round RobinFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 5

IBSA Blind Football European Championships

IBSA Blind Football American Championships

IBSA Blind Football African Championships

7-a-side football

7-a-side football is an adaptation of association football for athletes with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders, including stroke and traumatic brain injury. The sport is governed by the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CP-ISRA). The sport is played with modified FIFA rules. Among the modifications are a reduced field of play, a reduction in the number of players, elimination of the offside rule, and permission for one-handed throw-ins. Matches consist of two thirty-minute halves, with a fifteen-minute half-time break.

Players competing in 7-a-side football are given a sport class based on their level of disability. Eligible classes are:

Teams must field at least one class C5 or C6 player at all times. No more than one players of class C8 are permitted to play at the same time.

International competition in 7-a-side football began at the 1978 CP-ISRA International Games in Edinburgh, Scotland. The sport was added to the Summer Paralympic Games at the 1984 Summer Paralympics in New York City, U.S., and has been played at every Summer Games since.

World CP Football Championships

World Championships and International Cups

YearHostWinnerScoreRunner-upThird placeScoreFourth placeNumber of teamsRef.
1982
Details
Flag of Denmark.svg
Greve (CPG)
Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland
2–0 Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Belgium
no information available 2 8 [2] [3]
1986
Details
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Gits (CPG)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
3–0 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Belgium
Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland
3 Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
6 [2] [3]
1990
Details
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Assen (WC)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
5–0 Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Belgium
no information available 2 5 [2] [3]
1994
Details
Flag of Ireland.svg
Dublin (WC)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
2–0 Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Belgium
3 Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
[2] [3]
1998
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg
Rio de Janeiro (WC)
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
3–1 Flag of Ukraine.svg
Ukraine
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
3–2 Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
11 [2]
2001
Details
Flag of England.svg
Nottingham (CPG)
Flag of Ukraine.svg
Ukraine
3–1 Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
2–0 Flag of Iran.svg
Iran
13 [4]
2003
Details
Flag of Argentina.svg
Buenos Aires (WC)
Flag of Ukraine.svg
Ukraine
3–1 Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
2–1 Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
[2]
2005
Details
Flag of the United States.svg
New London (CPG)
Flag of Russia.svg / Flag of Ukraine.svg
Russia Ukraine
no score found Flag of Russia.svg / Flag of Ukraine.svg
Russia Ukraine
Flag of Iran.svg
Iran
9–0 Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
13 [3]
2007
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg
Rio de Janeiro (WC)
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
2–1 Flag of Iran.svg
Iran
Flag of Ukraine.svg
Ukraine
2–0 Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
16 [2] [5]
2009
Details
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Arnhem (IC)
Flag of Ukraine.svg
Ukraine
0–0 ( a.e.t. )
(9–8 p.)
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
Flag of Iran.svg
Iran
1–0 Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
12 [6]
2011
Details
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Assen, Emmen, Hoogeveen (WC)
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
6–1 Flag of Iran.svg
Iran
Flag of Ukraine.svg
Ukraine
8–3 Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
16 [2] [7]
2013
Details
Flag of Spain.svg
Sant Cugat del Vallès (Cup)
Flag of Ukraine.svg
Ukraine
1–0 Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
4–0 Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland
16 [8]
2015
Details
Flag of England.svg
Burton-upon-Trent (WC)
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
1–0 Flag of Ukraine.svg
Ukraine
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
6–0 Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
16 [2] [9]
2017
Details
Flag of Argentina.svg
San Luis (WC)
Flag of Ukraine.svg
Ukraine
1–0 Flag of Iran.svg
Iran
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
2–0 Flag of England.svg England 16 [10]
2019
Details
not forgiven (Cup)Future eventsFuture events
2020
Details
not forgiven (Top8)Future eventsFuture events8
2021
Details
not forgiven (WC)Future eventsFuture events
2023
Details
not forgiven (Cup)Future eventsFuture events
2024
Details
not forgiven (Top8)Future eventsFuture events8
2025
Details
not forgiven (WC)Future eventsFuture events
2 = There is no information on the homepage of the IFCPF
3 = no score found

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