Mental Health Football
What is Mental Health Football?
Para Football is working with Football Associations/Federations and our partners to ensure all football is open and inclusive to people who have experienced mental health difficulties and conditions. This could be mainstream football, modified football or the specific adapted format of Mental Health Football.
Mental Health Football is played 5-a-side and organised for players who have experienced mental health conditions. The sport held its first world championships in Osaka in 2016, and the 2018 edition of Rome. At the moment it is working on the preparation of the Dream World Cup in Peru.
Who can play?
Mental Health Football is organised for players who have experienced mental health conditions and want to play within an adapted format of football.
Internationally there are no adaptations to the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game.
The International Football Committee on Mental health is the body promoting the Dream World Cup and is chaired by the Italian psychiatrist Santo Rullo. The committee was founded in 2013 when psychiatrists and social health workers from eight countries met in Tokyo to sign the “Tokyo Declaration on Sport for people with mental health problems”.
IFCMH is the promoter of both the first edition of the 5-a-side soccer world championship for psychiatric patients, held in Osaka in 2016, and the 2018 edition of Rome. At the moment it is working on the preparation of the DREAM WORLD CUP in Peru.