Down Syndrome Football

What is Down Syndrome Football?

Football players with Down Syndrome play futsal as a version of five-a-side football.  It is played indoors, making it popular all year round as weather has no impact. The Football International Federation for players with Down Syndrome hosted its 1st World Championships in Portugal in April 2017.  This event saw numerous countries showing their skills to compete for the title of first world champion.

Who can play?

Typically athletes have Down Syndrome of either 'Down syndrome Trisomy 21' or 'Down Syndrome Mosaic'.

Sport Rules

Down Syndrome Football Rules

Down Syndrome Football is futsal and is played to the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game. Internationally there are no adaptations to the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game as played in FIFA competitions.

Classification

Typically athletes have Down Syndrome of either 'Down syndrome Trisomy 21' or 'Down Syndrome Mosaic'.

 

 

 

  • The most accurate way to provide this evidence is a blood test for Cytogenetic Analysis.
  • If any other evidence is presented which in the opinion of our Medical Advisory Group is not conclusive, SU-DS retains the right to request the athlete to submit to a Cytogenetic Analysis.

 

International Federation

About FIFDS

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The Football International Federation for Players with Down syndrome (FIFDS) FIFDS is the international federation governing the sport of Football for players with Down syndrome, dedicated to empowering persons with Down syndrome to play football. FIFDS is committed to governing and developing the sport of Football for players with Down syndrome in line with their respective mission and objectives and collaborate with Para Football in facilitating the growth of football for persons with disabilities.

SU-DS Website: www.su-ds.org/sports/

International Federation

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